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Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1984
Location: Africa, Zimbabwe, Urungwe District, Mashonaland North region
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Description: Mana Pools National Park and Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas are composed of great cliffs overhanging the river Zambezi and the floodplains, sitting on the banks of the river. The area houses a noteworthy concentration of wild animals, among them: elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs; as well as a notable population of Nile crocodiles. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in Western Zimbabwe constituting a National Park. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game-viewing regions. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, is one of the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa. It was saved from a hydro-electric scheme in the early eighties which would have seen the flooding of this subsequent World Heritage site. It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of elephant and buffalo. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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