Mana Pools National Park is an area that has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO as the number of visitors to the park is strictly controlled. In Mana Pools the Zambezi River meanders through a wide valley, repeatedly splaying out into islands, channels and sandbanks, with escarpments rising dramatically on either side. Along the old banks of the river are the Four Pools, which give Mana its name – depressions filled with water in abandoned river channels. Chine and Long Pool hold water throughout the year and attract large animal concentrations in the dry season. Herds of Buffalo, elephants, a variety of antelope and predators roam the Mana Pools floodplain. It is quite common to see up to 10 different species of animal in one sweep on the Mana Pools flood plain in the dry months. Spending hours with a herd of buffalo or a few elephants, following predators hunting while on foot or canoeing past large pods of hippo will keep you awe inspired at the magical offerings of Mother Nature. 40 kilometres Inland of Mana Pools are the Chitake Springs which offer some of the most intimate on foot encounters that Africa has. The scenery around Chitake Springs is very different to the river front with dry river beds and cliffs offering great opportunity to track and observe animals coming to quench their thirst. Chitake Springs is renowned during the dry months of the year, when lions are commonly observed waiting for their prey to come to drink as it is the only fresh water for grazers coming down from the escarpment to the Zambezi River. Activities in Mana Pools are diverse and range from game drives, exciting walking safaris, canoeing safaris and interactions with relatively relaxed wildlife in Mana Pools are unique. The combination of these interactions with such concentrations of wildlife and the sceneries dominated by the escarpment and river that characterise the rich alluvial floodplains create an unmistakable image. Bordering Mana Pools are private concessions that have camps which complement the rustic tented camp wilderness experience inside the park.