Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park has a split personality: its vast expanse of flat land is dry and arid land becomes a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season, which lasts from November to April. Animals follow the pools in search of water, and as the lakes dry up it is one of the best places in the region to view game like elephants, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo. Manameans 'four' in Shona, and refers to four permanent pools in the middle Zambezi that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Far from any human settlement, Mana Pools National park is a great place to experience a truly wild Zimbabwe.

English is the official language in Zimbabwe, although it is only spoken as a first language by a tiny percentage of the population. Several indigenous languages are spoken including Shona and Ndebele.

The official currency is the US dollar (USD). The Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD) was effectively abandoned as the official curency in early 2009. Major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are accepted in most of the larger hotels, restaurants and shops; Many smaller establishments still do not have credit card facilities; Diners Club and American Express are sometimes not accepted. ATM facilities, dispensing US$, are available in the cities.

Local time in Zimbabwe is GMT +2.

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