Travel Blogs from Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

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Mana Pools, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Mana Pools

A travel blog entry by mviglianco

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http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-3707-Lions%20eat%20man%20in%20outdoors%20shower/news.aspx Nothing like this happened  while I was there, didn't even see any lions. However, I did get to see several Hyenas and a pack of African Wild Dogs which are ...

Sleeping with Hyenas, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Sleeping with Hyenas

A travel blog entry by seanspacifica

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... stop in Harare we were off to our first major location for the trip which is also the one we are most apprehensive about, Mana Pools. Mana Pools National Park is one of the few places in the world where you are allowed to get out of your car to view the ...

Great Park, Ellies galore and Wild Dogs, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Great Park, Ellies galore and Wild Dogs

A travel blog entry by gary.rosewarne

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A Naturalist's Paradise!, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

A Naturalist's Paradise!

A travel blog entry by bumihills

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... Ruchomechi!  This beautiful camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi river near the border with Zambia and located within Mana Pools National Park.  In order to get here we had to fly from Harare to Kariba and then take a small bush plane, a ...

Up Hippo Creek with a Paddle and an Armed Ranger, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Up Hippo Creek with a Paddle and an Armed Ranger

A travel blog entry by seanspacifica

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... as he drank from the river. Then he hung around near our camp having a drink as the sun set. It couldn't have been more perfect! So Mana Pools is not to be taken lightly. You are seriously out in the bush here and it's wild as you could hope for. We were ...

A Relaxing Day, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

A Relaxing Day

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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This morning at 7am John and I went for a game drive while Paul and Francois went fishing at Mana Mouth. As we all prepared to leave the campsite we were visited by the monkeys who were looking for food, but didn't find anything. Today was going to be a ...

Last Day in the Wild, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Last Day in the Wild

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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... to the other side of it into the distance.  Tonight was a bit of a sad evening, as it was our last night in Mana Pools. Mother Nature was kind to us again and provided us with another beautiful as we discussed the last two weeks and made plans to ...

Another Day in the Wild, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Another Day in the Wild

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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... through hippo and croc infested water. I went on a game drive. I went on a new road – around the area where Long Pools is. Soon after leaving the guys I came across a few elephants that were walking along the road and then went into the bush. Along ...

When an Elephant Came in Camp, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

When an Elephant Came in Camp

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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This morning we were woken up to the sound of many noisy hippos grunting. Paul, John and Francois left the campsite at 7am for a walk. After my last walking experience with them, there was no way that I was going to go through that again. Instead I went ...

Into the park, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Into the park

A travel blog entry by mikeandmary

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... to one tent. The owner got into his car and drove off to return a few hours later.We did a drive around the park and saw elephants,oribi, impala,baboons,guinea fowl, tree squirrels, water buck, zebra, buffalo, monkeys, spoonbills, hippos, 6 crocodiles in ...

Exploring a New Park, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Exploring a New Park

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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... later Paul, John and I went for a game drive. We were very eager to get out and explore a new national park- I had heard amazing things about Mana Pools. The drive was very bumpy and bouncy- luckily we don't suffer from travel sickness. Paul had to drive ...

Moving to the Exclusive Campsite, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Moving to the Exclusive Campsite

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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This morning Paul, John and I went for a game drive. We left at 6am and drove towards Vundu Point. Along the way we saw a few small breeding herds of elephants, baboons, impalas, various birds, waterbuck, warthogs, zebras, kudus, hippos and lots of ...

In the Wild, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

In the Wild

A travel blog entry by jcastellan

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... want to go there by road – there must be another way! After leaving the reserve we headed north east towards Mana Pools National Park. Along the way we saw more small, traditional villages and very friendly locals. About an hour before the entrance ...

Into the wild, the real wild!, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Into the wild, the real wild!

A travel blog entry by crazyhippo

Soon you can read how hyenas ate our flip flops, elephants walked on our camp site, we canoed among the hippos and walked through the park, and how Anna caught the first fish in her life in the Zambezi ...

Tea and Coffee Anyone??..., Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Tea and Coffee Anyone??...

A travel blog entry by lucindafagan

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... ALL morning, it was fascinating to here the stories that they had to tell. Some heart breaking personal experiences of the troubles in Zimbabwe and the time that Paul was attacked by a lioness in his sleep and lived to tell the tale. We were all ...

Mana Pools national park, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Mana Pools national park

A travel blog entry by nicor

DAYS 4 TO 11  These days were spent in Mana Pools National Park. Mana covers a small geographical area and there are not many roads on which to do game drives. The result is one of the most relaxing holidays one can imagine. Mana is one of only a ...

Our Adventure Begins, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Our Adventure Begins

A travel blog entry by theresabill

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... side are villages, after that point is their government management area is controlled by National parks. On the Zimbabwe (Zim) side it is all National parks - Mana Pools.  The guides pointed out things such as: Reeds on the islands - locals can use ...

With Energy aka don't take photos, paddle, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

With Energy aka don't take photos, paddle

A travel blog entry by theresabill

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... with fishermen. I am not thrilled about the noise & pollution - they are only allowed in Zambia, but a few were on the Zimbabwe side this afternoon. We saw a few crocs this afternoon, normally only one or two together, but on one island there was a ...

Swimming elephants, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Swimming elephants

A travel blog entry by governorphil

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Highlights – Ruckomechi  • 2 male baboons fighting over a female. Went on for about 15 minutes  • Recent buffalo kill by lions; vultures kept at bay by lion  • Very close encounter with buffalo – “stare ...

Zim Part 2: 23 - 29 June, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Zim Part 2: 23 - 29 June

A travel blog entry by mikeandmhairi

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... city unfortunately often belonging to the so called "Chefs" parading their ill-gotten gains. From Harare, we headed up to Mana Pools, which is a National Park that we have been very keen to visit.  Here, the camps are not only unfenced, but you are ...

Don't play games with a hyena, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Don't play games with a hyena

A travel blog entry by alexobt

... , and I hop in their car to get a nice change from the old feet, and to see some different further away areas of the park. This is predictably very fun, and is followed by an afternoon and evening of continuing to chill with them. The highlight is a pride ...

How to make friends and sponge off people, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

How to make friends and sponge off people

A travel blog entry by alexobt

... (sticking more to the paths this time) and am picked up by a couple who kindly offer to take me fishing in one of the Zambezi pools. We go on a beautiful drive and set up by a pool which yields a dozen of tasty-looking bream. I catch my first fish as ...

A Pack of Wild Dogs..., Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

A Pack of Wild Dogs...

A travel blog entry by lucindafagan

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... there was nothing we could do so we grinned and bared it for the 77kms it took before arriving at the office inside Mana Pools National Park itself.  At the office we met two lovely local Zimbabwean guys (Ben and Paul) that have been coming to Mana ...

We are definitely not top of the food chain, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

We are definitely not top of the food chain

A travel blog entry by spongebobsquad

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What an incredibly cool place. It's one of the last wild life parks where there are seriously no fences and you can walk/camp anywhere. We arrived in the dark and by the time we hit our campsite it was already inhabited by a lone bull elephant taking ...

Into the wild (more seriously), Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Into the wild (more seriously)

A travel blog entry by tom_kurtz

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No to trafilismy do jedynego parku gdzie mozna calkowicie samodzielnie sie poruszac, rowniez na piechote (choc tego nie zalecaja). Na poczatku z radoscia tej swobody wyczekiwalismy. Nasz entuzjazm jednak troche przygasl kiedy kolejni turysci i straznicy ...

Jul 19, 2014, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Jul 19, 2014

A travel blog entry by renzo59

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Matthew the Hippo Man, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Matthew the Hippo Man

A travel blog entry by theresabill

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... signs of stress, his temporals were dribbling (coming into must) & both were skittish which is very unusual with big mana bulls; the youngster was skittish, but that is quite normal Kudu bulls with the cork screw horns Impalas - Henry explained about ...

7 days in a leaky boat ......., Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

7 days in a leaky boat .......

A travel blog entry by ronamoon

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What a wonderful place ..... what a wonderful way to get there!   ...

Mana from heaven, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe travel blog

Mana from heaven

A travel blog entry by alexobt

... . The Zambezi flows right past, and is full of hippos.I go on a couple of very nice walks - firstly to one of the big pools inland that's teeming with hippo and crocs, and second along the bank of the river to where a tributary curves inland. I stroll ...

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