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Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas World Heritage Site

Parc national de Mana Pools, aires de safari Sapi et Chewore, Zimbabwe

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Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe constituting a National Park. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions.

Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, is one of the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa. It was saved from a hydro-electric scheme in the early eighties which would have seen the flooding of this subsequent World Heritage site. It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of elephant and buffalo. The Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 3 January 2013.

Bridge on the Rukomechi River near Nyakasikana Gate, Mana Pools National Park

Zambezi River near Mutsango Lodge, Mana Pools National Park

Looking across the Zambezi River to the Zambezi Escarpment, Zambia, from Mana Pools National Park

Island in the Zambezi River from Mana Pools National Park

Rukomechi River from Nyakasikana Bridge, Mana Pools National Park

Coordinates: 15°45′S 29°20′E / 15.750°S 29.333°E / -15.750; 29.333

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  • WDPA ID10907
  • NameMana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas
  • Original NameParc national de Mana Pools, aires de safari Sapi et Chewore
  • Country / TerritoryZWE
  • Sub locationZW-MW
  • IUCN CategoryNot ApplicableWhat is this?
  • English DesignationWorld Heritage Site
  • Designation TypeInternational
  • StatusInscribed
  • Status Year1984
  • Reported Area km26766.0
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International Criteria(vii)(ix)(x)
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
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