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Best Time To Visit Mana Pools National Park

Different seasons influence different factors and so is Mana Pools National Park. Here is a detailed blog elaborating the best time to visit Mana Pool National Park. Depending on the activities a tourist is interested in while in Mana pools national park, different activities are done during different seasons. The dry season is the best time for activities such as game drives, nature walks, nature viewing, predator tracking, among others because of scarcity of water that gathers animals around one area easy to be spotted.

Mana Pools National Park is located north of Zimbabwe and is one of the least developed parks in the country with a very rural environment. The park is found in the province of Mashonaland west in Zimbabwe. Mana Pools national park was named after the four meandering pools. Its called “Mana” because of the “Four” permanent pools.

The Khoisan were the original people who lived in this place with evidence of their paintings still present in the protected areas they lived. The common animals in Mana pools national park include; Elephants, impala, waterbuck, baboons,  Zebras, Eland, Hippopotamus, Warthogs, Monkeys and a number Birds especially the Fruit Bats.


Dry Season In Mana Pools National Park

This is the verdant season, where the national park experiences little or no rain, warm temperatures and warm winds blowing. During this time that the park and its inhabitants are revitalized by the availability of food. There are newborn animals everywhere, and the bird population is enormous. Frequently, road access is restricted.

August, September, October, and early November are the greatest times to observe animals in this park. Due to the great scarcity of water in the interior, the animals have naturally flocked to the river and natural pools of Mana pools national park to drink water due to the heat. This is an advantage the predator animals such as the lions, cheetah, leopards, hyenas among others use to hunt down the weak animals as their prey.

Due to the high temperatures causing water bodies such as the river and mana pools to reduce on their water levels and some even drying up, many animals move to the water bodies to drink water and this gives a tourist a great chance to view an animals of wish.

Wet Season In Mana Pools National Park

During the rainy season, which lasts from late November to April, an entirely different park appears. Arid savannahs become verdant plains with abundant grazing. Some permanent species remain, despite the fact that many animals disperse inland and make game viewing difficult. Some of the herbivorous animals such as the Elephants move deep into the park in search of vegetation to feed on so spotting them becomes a chance.

The rainy season is characterized by rains and lower temperatures in the national park. More vegetation cover grows in the national park and this is the happy times of the herbivorous animals like elephants, birds that feed on flowers, giraffes that feed on the leaves among others that eat grass.

Activities such as fishing, boat cruising, canoeing, among others are best done during the rainy season because the water levels in the water bodies increase in volume and enable the mentioned activities to be carried out efficiently. This is the time good for elephant tracking for they enjoy the water swimming and its easy for an interested tourist to spot them and other sea animals.

How To Reach Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools national park is well known as one of the remote areas in Zimbabwe. Visitors have to drive from Harare the capital city on a tarred road up to the basement Zambezi escarpment and turn off the tarred road onto a 43.5 mile dirt road and travel towards Nyamepi Camp and there will be the visitor in Mana Pools National Park.

Mana pools is a secluded park. The park is located in the extreme north of Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River, far from any major town or human settlement.

Drive approximately 310 kilometers from Zimbabwe’s capital city (Harare) and obtain a free Mana pools entry permit from Marongora reception. The Marongora reception is located in the heart of the Zambezi escarpment. After obtaining the permit, you descend the Zambezi escarpment for approximately 10 kilometers before turning right onto a dirt road that will take you approximately 77 kilometers into unspoiled bush to Nyamepi Camp.

When returning from Chirundu, you obtained the same free permit from the Zimbabwe Parks office at the Chirundu border posts. Proceed from the Chirundu border post to the Mana pools turnoff, which is 40 kilometers along the Harare highway.

Accommodation In Mana Pools National Park

Mana pools national park in Zimbabwe has lodges and safari camps in and some of these include Chikwenya Camp · Ingwe Pan Camp · John’s Camp · Kanga Bush Camp · Kavinga Safari Camp · Little vundu, Mana river camp, Ruckomechi camp, Nyamatusi mahogany, Nyamatusi camp, among others.

Nyamatusi mahogany is one of the luxurious accommodations in the park and tourists here actually pay extra charges for some other services rendered to them. Such as swimming pool, well astonished bar and restaurant, WiFi, laundry services, sitting lounge among others.

Different preferences of the visitors, call for different range of budgets. Depending on the visitors preference and income, bookings are done for the mid-range, High class, among others. High class are the luxurious accommodation type with exceptional customer services as mentioned earlier.

In Conclusion

Mana pools is one of the best African national parks with diversity of wildlife, water bodies,  birds, worthy visiting again again because of the exceptional experience it gives to the visitors. Kubwa five safaris, a tour company in Africa is a trustworthy company where a tourist is assured of best experience achievement while on a trip with them. You can book with Κubwa five safaris in their offices or online. Contact Kubwa Five Safaris for more details.