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“MANA POOLS . Zimbabwe.”

Ranked #41 of 117 things to do in Zimbabwe
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Rustenburg, South Africa
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10 reviews
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“MANA POOLS . Zimbabwe.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

One of the last places that you can see Africa of old. The animals abound depending on the season. If you have the knowledge ( I stress this point) you are permitted to walk around. The camps are unfenced and don't be surprized to wake up with a buffalo, or elephant close to your tent. At night we sit and watch the Hippo leave the mighty Zambezi River as they go in search of their grazing. They are meters from us.

Well worth the time ,effort and money to visit here.

Visited October 2012
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“Special Place on earth”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

It shouldn't be if it should be when . The roads to the camp are the challenge due to the corrugation but when you eventually get there , the peace and tranquility is second to none. Be sure to keep in regular touch with the reception for sightings of lion and leopard and Lovemore gives solid advice and tries to accomodate you where he can. A river site was our preffered choice but the sites on the inside are just as good. On our next trip we will probably book a exclusive site but if its your first time then I would suggest Nyamempi communal camp where there are (hot) showers and suitable ablutions .

Visited July 2013
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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“unbelievable experience”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

We spent 4 days camping on the banks of the Zambezi amoung the hippos, elephants, buffalo, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, zebras and others too many to mention. You take in all you need to survive and once in are free to self drive or walk! around the national park. Our days started as soon as it was light with a drive to see the animals waking and feeding after which we returned to camp for breakfast, our children were able to wander around the camp and get up close and personal with the warthogs and elephants. We took organised canoe rides and a walking safari with a ranger which can be booked on arrival. Unfortunately we did not see the lions but could hear the roars in the night, the hippos are also so loud that you imagine they are directly outside your tent and after dark you see the dark shadows of the hyenas circling the camp. A truly amazing camping experience.

Visited August 2013
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Hamburg, Germany
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“A must to see Mana Pools national Park Zimbabwe”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

The wilderness of Mana Pools the world Heritage Side on the Zambezi River, between the dry Sapüi nRachomechi Rivers. Drive 84 km from Chirundu. Mana faces a lot of reed Island in the Zambesi, waterbirds brows, , a park with 50 km acrossa wide mopane woodland plain. Practically all of african animal species are there. The Zambesi Valley lies at an altidude of 500m . See the huge herds of all animals, like buffalo, Impala, Lion Leopard,nyala, eland, wild pig, sable, Zebra all you want to see!
The river is rich in bream, vundu, etc.The camps are somekind of expensive but ask bevor you get a surprise. Otherwise just a wonderful worl of nature

Visited March 2013
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“True wilderness”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

This place is absolutely unique. Some may hate it for the fact that there is no luxurious accommodation. however, its attraction lies in the fact that it is a real wilderness, with no luxury safari camps or electricity. If you are the kind of person who is happy with such realities, then it is a paradise. It must be one of the wildest places in Africa. There is plenty of game, and lovely scenery to boot, with the majestic Zambezi flowing by, past the Mana floodplain with its grand Acacia Albida trees.
If you are looking for an alternative to the typical grassy plains and opulent safari lodges of private game reserves, then come here to be in the true wilds of Africa, no fences, and walking allowed at your own discretion.

Visited September 2012
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