Iconic National Parks of Zimbabwe - Hwange and Mana Pools
Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Safari, Zimbabwe, Africa
One of the premier destinations
on the African continent, certainly within its southern regions is Zimbabwe. Famous
for the world renowned ‘world wonder’ Victoria Falls, it is less well known
internationally for 2 of its superb National Parks.
These are places of preservation
for the precious wildlife of the country, some of it sadly endangered and of
course a vital part of Zimbabwe’s massive tourist industry. Many of South
Africa’s preferred luxury safari operators include
Zimbabwe in package tours as it borders South Africa, Zambia and Botswana, all
neighbours with exciting guided tour and safari destinations. For the purposes
of this article though let’s explore these two Iconic National Parks of Zimbabwe - Hwange and Mana Pools…
Hwange National park
This is a place of stunning beauty – the
African veld at its best with dry Savannah plains dotted with palm trees where
Zebra, antelope and Wildebeest can run free, until stalked and brought down by predators.
Here and there clusters of rocky outcrops and trees host the elusive Leopard and
This is ‘big 5’ country where lion,
leopard and cheetah are regularly seen, and night drives reveal the smaller
nocturnal predators - Serval and Civet Cats and bat-eared foxes. Other special
species include Sable, buffalo and eland who can easily be spotted on the open
18 times the size of New York City, at
5,657 square miles, it has an estimated 50,000 elephants, a really impressive
population, many of which are in large breeding herds of up to 300. These are
seen throughout the park and are a favourite at the waterholes dotted
throughout. There are also more than 100 different kinds of mammals and an
estimated 400 bird species living in the scrub-land.
The lodges available in the park are
luxurious and superb and rival any of the award-winning establishments in
neighboring South Africa and Botswana. Here you can enjoy morning and afternoon
game drives, bush walks and even sleep-outs in star beds or stay at the lodge
and enjoy the view onto the lodge waterhole or wait for the perfect photography
opportunity in one of the hides.
Most importantly, visiting Zimbabwe and
supporting place like Hwange is an important way to help control the devastating
poaching of Elephant and Rhino for their ivory tusks and horns.
Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is also
impressively populated with a myriad of Africa’s finest wildlife species and is
one of the few places, where, at your own risk you can safari in a vehicle or
on foot! The park
encompasses the Zambezi River, flood plains and rocky escarpments and is a
UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.
This place leaves
the impression of stepping through a time warp to prehistoric times and comes
highly recommended as a place which is unique and original.
The Park’s luxury
lodges are all situated on the Zambezi River, with stunning views of the
mountains of Angola beyond. Here, the magic of the River and the Park can be
enjoyed during game drives, bush walks, canoe trips and boat cruises.
drives you can expect to see members of the Big 5 and a variety of plains game.
The river teems with hippo’s and crocodiles, and your river guide will safely
steer you away from them while on your canoe or boat. The boat cruises are a
perfect way to experience the beauty of the River at sunset, as well as the colony
of Carmine Bee-eaters that breed here in summer. Being so close to the water and the wildlife
you will feel an amazing calm and peaceful ness descend on you. This is truly
the best way to experience the wonder of the Zambezi and all it has to offer.
This is exactly
the kind of thing at which local safari experts Jewel of Africa Safaris are
brilliant! They will take you off the beaten track and tailor make the luxury
safari tour of your dreams in these National Parks.
We hope this
insight into Iconic National Parks of
Zimbabwe - Hwange and Mana Pools has whet your appetite to contact us and come and experience Zimbabwe and all the great
places that surround it. Whatever you need to see, we will arrange it,
personally and professionally!