Return to the airstrip for the light aircraft to Mana Pools, where you will be met by your guide from your final safari camp. Mana Pools National Park is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular parks. It is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River east of Lake Kariba, 100 kilometers below the Kariba dam wall. This remote Park is away from any major town or human settlement. It is accessed via the Chirundu road to the bottom of the Zambezi Escarpment, and then a 70 kilometer gravel road takes you deep into the unspoiled wilderness.
The word ‘Mana” means ‘four’ in the local Shona language, which applies to the four large pools (remnant ox-bow lakes) inland from the Zambezi River, where large populations of hippo, crocodile, elephant and a wide variety of aquatic birds are seen. ‘Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometers, a favorite for large herds of elephant and one of the many reasons that this unique park has gained World Heritage Site status. With its excellent land and river location Ruckomechi Camp offers land and water based activities to explore Mana Pools which include game drives in the morning and afternoon, game viewing cruises in a pontoon or speed boat, canoeing, walking and fishing (when boats are available, additional charge and own equipment required).