Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park © Babakathy
Mana Pools National Park has a split personality: it incorporates a vast expanse of flat, arid land which becomes a broad expanse of glorious lakes after each rainy season, which lasts from November to April. Animals follow the pools in search of water, and as the lakes dry up Mana Pools National Park is one of the best places in the country to view game like elephants, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo as they make the most of nature's bounty before it disappears. Mana means 'four' in Shona, and refers to four permanent pools in the middle Zambezi that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Far from any human settlement, Mana Pools National park is a great place to experience a truly wild Zimbabwe.