A richly diverse area teeming with birds and animals

Mana Pools National Park, located in the Lower Zambezi Valley, is one of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful and popular national parks. A richly diverse area teeming with birds and animals, especially during dry season from June to October, the park is a world heritage site and is one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa. Four main pools, formed by the meanderings of the Zambezi River, and numerous smaller pools are strewn along the river’s course and the cliffs hanging over the river and floodplains provide shelter to an abundant and varied wildlife population.

Long Pool is the largest of the pools and extends for more than six kilometres. Large ancient trees provide a shady canopy that makes for pleasant and easy walking, which is one of the reasons why this area is perfect for the adventurous traveller wanting to experience a walking safari. The Park stretches across prime Zambezi riverfront vegetation, much of which is inaccessible except on foot and, as a result, it remains completely unspoilt.

The national park is home to magnificent elephants that return annually to the same places and are well known to the locals. Robust black buffalo are also a common sight and predators like leopards, lions and cheetah are easily spotted. It is also a haven for Nile crocodiles and large pods of hippos as well as several endangered black rhino. Amongst the 380 bird species in the region are the Nyasa lovebird, Livingstone’s flycatcher, white-collared pratincole, banded snake eagle and yellow spotted nicator.

For an unmatched and intimate African safari, a trip to Zimbabwe and the Mana Pools is an essential African travel experience.

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Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi River with a superb view of the mountains.

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Stay at Kanga Camp

Perched on the edge of a busy waterhole in the only private wilderness concession in Mana Pools National Park, the intimate Kanga Bush Camp has six Meru-style ensuite safari tents. Each tent has a private veranda for enjoying quiet moments or observing the wildlife from the privacy of your suite. Guests can also relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool.

The diverse area has multiple vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.

Stay at Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi River, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia.

The camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot.

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experience with TAS was seamless from start to finish. Your commitment, patience and expertise made our trip one to remember. From the very early planning stages, to the execution, to your visit at our hotel; we would be sure to recommend TAS to all of our friends and family in the future."

Rebecca & Kevin | TAS Adventure

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“Amazing trip to Zimbabwe! So well organised by Kay. Beautiful lodges amazing game viewing absolutely every detail taken care of by Timeless Africa Safaris … Highly recommended!”

Donald, SA | Zimbabwe Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experience with TAS was seamless from start to finish. Your commitment, patience and expertise made our trip one to remember. From the very early planning stages, to the execution, to your visit at our hotel; we would be sure to recommend TAS to all of our friends and family in the future."

Rebecca & Kevin | TAS Adventure

Guest Feedback
“Amazing trip to Zimbabwe! So well organised by Kay. Beautiful lodges amazing game viewing absolutely every detail taken care of by Timeless Africa Safaris … Highly recommended!”

Donald, SA | Zimbabwe Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Trip