Mana Pools covers 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools. It is flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, and it is truly one of the most remarkable conservation areas in Zimbabwe. Mana Pools is among the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa, but is renowned for its game-viewing, due to large concentrations of dry-season mammals. Animals at Mana Pools, among others, include: elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile, zebra, lion, leopard, warthog, eland, serval, hyena, wild dog, vervet monkey, porcupine, jackal and baboon. Mana Pools also boasts abundant and diverse birdlife, with over 300 species recorded.
Game viewing at Mana Pools can be done on by boat, by car or on foot. Fishing and canoeing are highly recommended, and hiking/walking safaris provide an unforgettable opportunity to experience wildlife. The best time of year to visit Mana Pools is between May and October, as the internal water pans dry out and the animals go to the Zambezi River to drink. By November, the rainy season has started, after which it becomes exceptionally hot and the roads can become impassable.