The undergrowth in the park is often sparse, so the land is perfect for walking safaris. On the waters of the Great Zambizee, canoe safaris are one of Zimbabwe’s ultimate big game adventures, and a unique way to see the valley.
During the rains, from January to March, the lodges here are closed and most of the big game animals move away from the river and into the escarpment. They start returning to the riverine areas from around April, as the pools in the bush dry up. As the year progresses, increasingly large herds of elephant and buffalo begin to appear, as well as kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, impala and many other antelope. The wildlife in Mana is incredibly relaxed around persons on foot, making the park one of the best for an African walking safari.