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Mana Pools, Western Zimbabwe, is a National Park on the lower Zambezi river, on the border with Zambia. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the Zambezi river. It is one of Zimbabwe's five world heritage sites (along with the Matobo hills, the Khami ruins, Great Zim, and, of course, Vic Falls) and was saved from a hydro-electric scheme in the early 1980s which would have seen the flooding of the area.

At the end of each rainy season the area becomes a mass of lakes, attracting a huge variety of animals and birds - but, perhaps more importantly, is one of the few places where black rhino might also be seen. The park also has the country’s highest concentration of hippos and crocodiles - hippos being responsible (in Africa generally, not specifically in Mana Pools) for more human fatalities than all other animals combined.
Much of the park is accessible only on foot - an alternative would be to take a canoe along the Zambezi.  

It is the four permanent pools which form such an attraction to wildlife during the dry season - unlike nearly all other parks, which are forced to maintain artificial water-holes, Mana has no need of these.

 

 

 

 

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