MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK ZIMBABWE
Regarded as Zimbabwe’s best park and one of the finest wilderness areas in Africa, Mana Pools National Park is a wonderful safari destination. Situated in the northern most point of Zimbabwe along the Zambian border, Mana Pools is remarkably beautiful. A riverine wilderness on the Zambezi River of floodplains, baobab trees and forest that feels completely remote and never gets crowded.
The Mana Pools National Park is famous for its huge elephant herds and for great sightseeing’s of lion ad leopard as well as being one of the best places in Africa to find endangered wild dogs. The appeal of the park is staying in unfenced campsites in the midst of the wilderness and going on walking and canoeing safaris to see animals without the noise of a car. Mana Pools is also one of the only parks in Africa where you can walk without a guide (which is not recommended unless you have a lot of bush experience).
Mana Pools is one of Africa’s best places to do walking safaris. The thin vegetation allows visibility to be excellent. This will give you the chance to get up and close to big game. Canoeing safaris in Mana Pools are a great way to experience raw nature at its best. You will be paddling along the Zambezi past pods of hippos and scores of animals drinking on the banks.
The ideal time to visit Mana Pools is during the dry season from June to October when the vegetation is at its driest and wildlife sightseeing is much easier.
LAKE KARIBA ZIMBABWE
Lake Kariba is a massive manmade lake that provides a magical combination of water and wildlife. It is situated in the north of Zimbabwe and shares a border with Zambia. Lake Kariba is best explored by a slow cruise on the houseboat over a few days. While it is very relaxing hours away spotting birds, hippos and crocodiles from the deck of the boat, you can spend your days on a smaller tender boat or canoes going fishing and spotting wildlife in Matusadona National Park on lthe lake’s shores.
Water based game viewing is one of the highlights of vising Lake Kariba. You can do viewing from the lake in small boats or canoes, which allow you to get very close to elephants and other animals.
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK ZIMBABWE
Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe’s northwest is one of Africa’s top national parks and should be on any safari lovers bucket list. Roaming Hwange’s savanna grasslands and woodlands are the Big 5 and 100 other species of mammals. The park has the biggest diversity of mammals out of the world’s national parks. The Park which is the size of Belgium, is home to some 50 000 elephants and is known for regular sightings of cheetah, leopard and lions. One of Africa’s largest population of endangered wild dog and rare species such as roan and sable can also be found here. There are also about 500 species of birds which bird lovers would enjoy viewing.
Game viewing in Hwange National Park is wonderful during the dry winter months. There are no permanent natural water sources in the park so once the rains have stopped and the landscape starts to dry out from June, animals have to rely on the manmade waterholes for water. Here it is easy to see lion’s, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. Since Hwange is most famous for its elephants, the giant creatures roam Hwange each year, and during the dry season from June to October, large herds come together around waterholes making the park the best place for viewing elephants.
Along with game viewing by guided game drives or self-drives, you can also go on walking safaris which gives you the chance to immerse yourself deeper into the wilderness.