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Best Places to Hike in Africa

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Thanks to Kavinga Safaris for the image.

Mana Pools National Park is a World Heritage Site covering 50km along the banks of the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe. In the dry season May to November the dense congregations of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, hippo zebra, & teeming plains game traverse the floodplain area of Mana Pools foraging for food. In the process they devour or trample the grasslands leaving a perfect hiking area of open woodland, especially the Acacia Albida forests which helped give the park World Heritage status.

The backdrop of the mountains on the northern banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, form a dramatic landscape as one hikes along the riverine frontage of Mana Pools in the company of a professional walking guide. Zimbabwe’s professional guides are widely regarded as the best in Africa because of their rigorous training and difficult examination process and their experience in a ‘Big Four’ National Park like Mana Pools. That’s what makes this Park one of the best places to hike in Africa.

A typical ‘Mana shoreline” walking safari is 4 days and 3 nights and your mobile tented camp is moved every night to different areas of the National Park. The Zambezi River is the fourth largest in Africa and nowhere has better game viewing on this River than at Mana Pools. There are excellent predator populations of lion, leopard, hyaena, Painted Dog, and occasionally cheetah as well. Prolific birdlife abounds numbering 400 species including many raptors such as four species of Vulture, Marabou stork, Fish eagle, Bateleur & Martial eagle.