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The Mana Pools Are Zimbabwe's Wildlife Oasis With a Mystical Past

by Matador Creators Feb 28, 2023

Located in the Zambezi Valley, Mana Pools National Park is a stunning wildlife preserve in Zimbabwe. Not only is it home to some of the most beautiful animals on Earth, but it also holds a fascinating secret. The park’s name comes from the four large pools that have formed along the Zambezi River over time—pools which are believed to be imbued with mystical powers by the local tribes. That sense of mystique is evident to any who visit the place.


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The Mana Pools have been an important area for centuries. It’s believed that these pools were first discovered by humans almost 2,000 years ago and have been used as a source of sustenance ever since. While many use the pools for fishing and swimming, it’s also a sacred place for traditional ceremonies amongst some of the local tribes. According to legend, if one has bad luck or misfortune in their life, they can go to Mana Pools and ask for help from its mysterious spirits – a practice still carried out today.

Mana Pools National Park is home to some incredible wildlife. Due to its location near both grasslands and water sources, there’s an abundance of birds and mammals living within its boundaries – including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and zebras. There are also plenty of opportunities for bird-watching, as more than 350 species have been recorded here. This includes fish eagles, herons, storks and ibises, just to name a few.

There are plenty of activities available here too. One of the most popular is game drives, where visitors can observe wildlife up close in their natural habitat . Boat cruises down the Zambezi River are another great way to take in all the park has to offer – you can even spot hippos splashing around in the water. Other activities include walking safaris, and fishing trips where you can catch bream or tigerfish.

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