Zimbabwe :: Lower Zambezi
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area
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In 1984, Mana Pools National Park together with adjacent Sapi & Chewore Safari Areas, were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. At that time, the valley formed by the Zambezi River in the north and the steep escarpment in the south, was one of the most important refuges for black rhino and other threatened species. Sadly, most of the rhinos were poached by 1994 and the remainder were relocated to a reserve where they could be better protected against poachers. Other threatened species such as lion, cheetah, wild log, leopard and brown hyena still occur in the area.
In 2013, Mana Pools was declared a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention - more than 450 bird species occur within its boundaries. Together with its sister park, Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, it’s also part of the Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools Transfrontier Conservation Area.
|Address :||Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe.|
|Postal :||P. Bag 2061, Karoi, Zimbabwe.|
|Contact :||Parks & Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS)|
|Contact 2 :||Mana Pools National Park Offices|
|Tel :||+263(0)47 060 77|
|Tel2 :||+263(0)63 533|
|Fax :||+263(0)47 938 67|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Nothing|
|Best Time to Visit :||The best time to visit the reserve is between May and September.|
|Updated for :||2019|
|Payment Methods Accepted :||Cash, Credit Card|
|Fee/s :||Vehicle entry:USD10 valid 5 days; Park fee:Locals: USD8pp/pd; SADC citizens: USD15pp/pd. Internationals USD20pp/pd. (Apr- 2019).|
|Facilities :||Lodging, Camping, Mechanical Repair|
|Internet, Wireless Networking|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing|
|Game to View:||Elephant. Crocodile. Eland. Buffalo. Impala. Waterbuck. Baboons. Monkeys. Zebra. Warthog. Hippo. Aquatic birds. Lions. Leopards. Cheetah. Spotted hyena.|
|Notes on Activities:||Walking safaris. Lion Tracking. (Some activities may be offered nearby).|
Visitors to the park stay in lodges, camping sites and exclusive sites(Bush camps). (Mar-2019).
No cellphone reception but there is a WIFI hotspot at the office near Nyamepi Camp. (Mar 2019).
There are no curios sold here. Guests can buy stickers of the park if there is stock. There is a brochure booklet sold at the park office that can assist guests in getting to know the park and its attractions better. The office does not supply maps of the park, guests must take a photo of the map on the wall for park navigation. (2019).
There is a registered and qualified nurse available for park staff and guests to the park, based near the office at Nyamepi.
Credit cards are accepted in Mana Pools. (Mar 2019).
You have to get a permit (without any cost) at the Marongora Zim Parks and Wildlife Office first before you can enter the park. You pay at Mana Pools itself. You can book through the Parks Board central reservations office or you can book and pay at Mana. (They do keep out a number of sites for visitors who drive in without a prior booking). (Mar 2019).
You are not allowed to take fresh fruit into Mana Pools. (Mar-2019).
The best time to visit the reserve is between April/May and September/October. It could be closed (Nov to April every year) due to flooding. During January to March, many accommodations are also closed. These months vary. Guests must inquire on booking to confirm whether there has been heavy rain or not. The park officials could not confirm any fixed months. Its seasonal. (Mar-2019).
SERVICES & SUPPLIES:
The Park is generally remote and far from any business centre. The nearest shops and fuel supplies are nearly 100 kilometres away, therefore visitors should be fully equipped for their visit.
There is a tuck shop, a basic supply store run by a staff member nearby the office. Guests can purchase beers, ciders and basic food stuffs and toiletries and kitchen supplies here. It is very basic however and depends on stock availability. (Mar-2019).
TOW-INS & REPAIRS:
The tow-in service from Chirundu is not really reliable. There are now 2 mechanics from Harare resident at the staff village who can assist with vehicle repair and assistance at $10 per hour. (2019).
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