Located 390km from Harare, Mana Pools is one of the most beautiful parks in Zimbabwe. A trip to Mana Pools will truly be a breathtaking one. Mana pools is a very popular destination, and can only take 50 vehicles at a time, so it is important that you enquire before going there for a day trip, otherwise you will be turned away if the park is full. Here is what you need to know when planning a journey there.
When it’s raining, the roads are virtually inaccesible in Mana Pools, so camps will be closed. The shoulder season is when there are very few travellers, and prices tend to be cheaper. High season is the busiest and priciest, and that’s simply because it’s the best time to see the animals in the park.
January – Rainy season. Camps are closed
February -Rainy season. Camps are closed
March -Rainy season. Camps are closed
April – Shoulder season
May – Shoulder season
June – Shoulder season
July – High season. Best time to visit
August – High season. Best time to visit
September – High season. Best time to visit
October – High season. Best time to visit
November – Shoulder season. Rains begin. Check before booking
December – Rainy season. Camps are closed
By Road: a 4×4 vehicle is recommended. While a 2×4 high clearancevehicle will get you to the camp, it won’t be suitable for a self-drive game viewing experience.
By Air: Mana Pools is accessible by chartered flights.
A hat and sunglasses
Camera and/or binoculars
Light, neutral coloured clothes.
Toiletries. Please check this over as there is no kiosk in Mana Pools
All the food you will need if you are staying in self catering accommodation.There are no shops in the park.
Depending on the length of your stay and if you intend to self-drive withing the park, extra petrol. There are no filling stations in the park.
Coming from Harare, Makuti is the last filling station before you get to Mana Pools.
If you need to do any last minute shopping, this is best done in Karoi. Do not buy any fresh fruit, it is not allowed in the park.
You have to prebook before going to Mana Pools. They only take a maximum of 50 vehicles a day, soavoid dissapointment by booking.
You should stop at Marongora to get a pass into Mana Pools National Park. They close at 1530 so don’t be late. You cannot enter the park without a pass from Marongora, even if you’ve prebooked.