Discover Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
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Zambezi Valley - Source of the Mighty ZambeziThe Zambezi Valley and Mana Pools National Park are a paradise for game viewing. The magic of this area stems from the pervading sense of the wild and the valley's relative remoteness along a portion of the southern bank of the Zambezi River. This portion of the Zambezi Valley is a true wilderness area.
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a World Heritage Site, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks.
The name "Mana'' means "four" in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ''Long Pool'', is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.