Cape Town to Tanzania 2014

Solo trip for 12 months - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Mana Pools National Park

August 19, 2014  —  Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

This park is named Mana Pools because of its four waterholes; Mana means four in the local language. However, it is not the four pools that are the most interesting, but rather the Zambezi River that makes the northern border of the park.

In the dry season, animals gather near the river in order to drink on a regular basis. The density of animals was rather high around the campsite, thus it was not even necessary to drive around to see elephants or antelopes.

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Waterbuck.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Ground Hornbill.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Saddle-Billed Stork.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Eland.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Velvet Monkey.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

This small snake was wandering on the tree that was on my campsite... I don't know if it is a dangerous species or not.

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Elephants are very numerous in this park.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Baby elephant.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

The eye of this elephant doesn't seem to be normal...

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Here is an elephant that likes to take risks. The shoreline doesn't seem to be very solid.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
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Elephants wander around the camping

Here are a few pictures to show you how close elephants can come around campsites. They are accustomed to people, but one must still be careful when one of these giants gets too close...

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
My camping chair and table. Nice show while I was eating lunch.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
He is nearly touching the tent.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
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Some landscapes

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
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Tracking animals by their footprint

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
One of the big cats...

Even though some species of animals are not always seen, it is sometimes possible to see interesting footprints about them.

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Elephant.
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Hippopotamus.
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A pack of wild dogs (painted dogs)

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe

I stayed three days in this park and one day I went to explore the western side of the park. For nearly 20 kilometres, I practically saw no animals. But at the end of the track, I stumbled upon this superb pack of wild dogs.

There were about fifteen wild dogs scattered around me. They were resting in the shade when I found them. After a while, they probably left to begin their afternoon hunt.

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
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Magnificent sunrises and sunsets

Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park - Zimbabwe