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Wild dogs, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools

Mana Pools National Park is a wildlife conservation area in north-western Zimbabwe.

Mana Pools sits beside the lower Zambezi River, where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife-viewing regions.

The national park stretches across 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs.

Elephants feeding, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

A little more about Mana Pools

It is one of the least developed parks in Southern Africa and is one of the few places where you are likely to see elephant go up on their hind legs to reach the greatly favoured pods of the ana trees.

The number of lodges and tented camps is carefully restricted. The best way to explore this magnificent area is on foot across the plains or by canoe safari. The sensation of slowly gliding past the colourful colonies of birds, whilst watching elephant swim over to reed-covered islands is indescribable.

Elephant in front of Sapi Explorers Camp, Mana Pools
Sapi Explorers Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Sapi Concession

Mana Pools National Park has recently expanded to the east, thanks to the creation of the 118,000-hectare Sapi Concession. Formerly reserved for hunting, this vast expanse of wilderness has now been turned over to conservation and tourism. Just two small camps sit within the concession, which is bordered by the Zambezi River, making it likely you will never see another vehicle.


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View from Sapi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Sapi Concession

Explore the private Sapi Concession, home to just two small camps. Formerly reserved for hunting, this wilderness has now been turned over to conservation.

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Canoeing, Sapi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe


Canoe on the Zambezi River, dodging hippos and crocodiles, as well as spotting elephants that come to the water’s edge.

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On foot, Sapi, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Walking Safari

Walk across the rich floodplains that border the Zambezi River, with views of Zambia on the opposite bank. Encounter bull elephants, herds of buffalos, prides of lions and numerous antelopes.

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John Stevens, Zimbabwe

John Stevens

Join John Stevens for a privately guided safari. Born and raised in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands, John has spent his entire life exploring some of the wildest parts of his homeland.

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Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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