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Mana Pools National Park/Zimbabwe
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Introducing Mana Pools National Park

This magnificent 2200-sq-km national park is a Unesco World Heritage–listed site, and its magic stems from its remoteness and pervading sense of the wild and natural. This is one park in Zimbabwe where you’re guaranteed to see plenty of hippos, crocs, zebras and elephants, and almost guaranteed to see lions and possibly wild (painted) dogs.

What sets Mana Pools apart from just about any other park in the world is that it's all unfenced, so there can be elephants strolling by while you have your breakfast. You’re also allowed to walk around without a guide, as you can see for miles around. But be aware, this is about personal responsibility: wild animals are incredibly dangerous – and fast. Hence walking with a guide is highly advised.