Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remote location and wilderness. Its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife make it the perfect African safari destination.
The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ”Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometers in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favorite for the large herds of elephant that emerge from the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.