Mana Pools National Park Area - Seasonal Information

Mana Pools National Park

Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan, not too far from Chitake Springs. The 12-bedded tented camp has en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers and basins overlooking the water hole. Zambezi Expeditions, as based in Mana Pools National Park is located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and offers a true Lower Zambezi experiential opportunity, with a range of activities at this river based camp.
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January

January

Rainy Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Camps Closed

February

February

Rainy Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Camps Closed

January Information
All of our camps in Mana Pools are closed for the rainy season
February Information
All of our camps in Mana Pools are closed for the rainy season
March

March

Mid Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Camps Closed

April

April

Mid Season: 17° - 30°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

March Information
All of our camps in Mana Pools are closed for the rainy season
April Information
Kanga Camp opens for the season. The vegetation is still very green and thick after the rainy season and there is still a lot of surface water around. This means the animals are not as dependent on the Kanga waterhole as during the dry season. This time of the year is one of the best for birding and sighting the smaller species like insects and butterflies as well as walking safaris and experiencing the area on foot but it is limited to more open areas for big game approaches. At this time of the year Kanga is best combined with Zambezi Expeditions on the River to get the full Mana Pools experience. Temperatures can be high during the day and a little cooler in the evenings and mornings on the early game drives, so a light fleece is advisable.
Wildlife Sightings
Still good for photography
Wild dog denning season
Good birding as some species have not yet migrated
Insects and butterflies are abundant
May

May

Dry Season: 12° - 28°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

June

June

Dry Season: 5° - 25°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

May Information
As things start to dry out the Kanga Pan becomes more and more popular with animals. This is still a great time of the year for birders and for those looking for a little more adventure and get out on foot. Kanga Under the Stars is an amazing experience as you spend the night on a platform overlooking a dry riverbed with the sounds of the Mana Pools bush as your company. Combine Kanga with Zambezi Expeditions is advisable at this time of the year to get the different experiences. Wild dogs often start to den on the concession, but getting close to the den site is not allowed as it may cause the stress which may cause them to move the site. Temperatures start to drop at night and in the mornings, but can still be warm during the day. A light fleece is advisable.
Wildlife Sightings
Kudu bulls join herds
Great for photography
Wild dogs often den in the Kanga concession
June Information
The dry season starts to set in and the surface water starts to dry up which means more activity in front of camp at the permanent waterhole. The bush is still quite thick, but it is a great time for walking. It is advised to combine Kanga with Zambezi Expeditions so that guests are getting the complete Mana Pools experience.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds start to form
Wild dogs emerge from dens
Good herbivore sightings as grazing around Kanga is good
July

July

Dry Season: 5° - 25°
Rate Category: High Season

August

August

Dry Season: 5° - 25°
Rate Category: High Season

July Information
As we move deeper into the dry season we start to see more and more herds of elephants in search of water at the Kanga Pan as well as moving down to the Zambezi River, near Zambezi Expeditions. Night temperatures start to drop more, so warmer evening clothing is recommended. Days are still very warm, and with the bush beginning to thin out, spotting on game drives becomes slightly easier. Dry season setting in nicely. The waterhole is starting to fill up with animals.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds start to form
Animals begin to gather at scarcer water sources to drink
The Armchair Safari at the Kanga Pan begins to become a highlight
Wild dogs emerge from dens
August Information
Temperatures start to become more extreme, with cold evenings and warm days. The dry season has settled in well at this stage and so more and more species are spotted at water sourced becoming more scarce. The bush has thinned out more, so walking safaris and game drives are great, with greater visibility.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds get bigger
Higher numbers of wildlife at the Kanga Pan for the Armchair Safari
Fantastic photographic opportunities with a variety of wildlife gathering at water sources
Wild dogs emerge from dens
September

September

Dry Season: 15° - 35°
Rate Category: High Season

October

October

Mid Season: 20° - 36°
Rate Category: High Season

September Information
Competition for water begins to intensify and the famous Armchair Safari, at the Kanga Pan, really starts to become a highlight. With several species visiting the pan, as the only water source for many kilometres around. Evenings are still cold and days are warm, so packing for varying temperatures is advisable. It is advised to combine Kanga with Zambezi Expeditions to see the mighty Zambezi, and the wildlife teaming nearby, as it is the major water source. Combining the two will ensure you are getting the complete Mana Pools experience.
Wildlife Sightings
Herds get bigger
Higher numbers of wildlife at the Kanga Pan for the Armchair Safari
Fantastic photographic opportunities with a variety of wildlife gathering at water sources
Wild dogs no longer dependent on dens
October Information
October is the peak of the dry season, with water sources being at their most scarce. Wildlife travel for many kilometres to reach the Kanga Pan. Whilst experiencing our famous Armchair Safari, it is not uncommon to see large herds of elephant, lion, baboons, various herds of antelope, fish eagles and a huge variety of bird life, buffalos and leopards visiting the pan within the space of a few hours. The mid-day heat is extreme, and so relaxing in the pool at Kanga Camp or dipping in the river at Zambezi Expeditions is must. Great for those with an interest in Botany as most bushes, trees are in some stage of flowering.
Wildlife Sightings
VERY HOT
Herds get bigger
Best time for wildlife sightings
Astonishing numbers and variety of wildlife gather at scarce water sources
Fantastic photographic opportunities
The famous Armchair Safari at Kanga Camp is a true highlight
Interesting botany
November

November

Rainy Season: 20° - 35°
Rate Category: Shoulder Season

December

December

Rainy Season: 20° - 30°
Rate Category: Camps Closed

November Information
The rains begin to come in towards the latter half of the month, with brief spectacular afternoon thunderstorms, cooling temperatures nicely. Before that the landscape is very dry and wildlife sightings on the armchair safari at Kanga Pan are unparalleled. Day time temperatures are still very hot, with warm evenings. Combining Zambezi Expeditions and Kanga Camp will provide a beautiful contrast in landscape, with the Zambezi River providing sufficient water for wildlife on its banks. Great for those with an interest in Botany as most bushes, trees are in some stage of flowering.
Wildlife Sightings
Great birding
Vibrant colours and clear visibility for photography
Good predator sightings
December Information
All of our camps in Mana Pools are closed for the rainy season.

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