Mana Pools National Park is a wildlife conservation area and national park in northern Zimbabwe which gained World Heritage status in 1984. On 3 January 2013 Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance.
Mana Pools is in a region in Zimbabwe known as the Lower Zambezi, where floodplains turn into the broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes dry up and recede the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most re-known game-viewing regions.
Many means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the middle Zambezi. This 2 500km² of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools are flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs to name a few and is the least developed national park in Southern Africa.
The area is contiguous with Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park on the opposite side of the Zambezi River and the larger UNESCO area borders with the Urungwe Safari Area, the Dande Safari Area and the Doma Safari Area.