Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park tops Africa’s best safari park list for 2018


Zimbabwe Digital News


Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park was this week listed among the top ten best safari parks in Africa in 2018 in a definitive list that was published by SafariBookings.com.

This ranks Zimbabwe’s northenmost national park among the best safari experiences on the continent, rated alongside such greats as Serengeti National Park in Kenya and Tanzania, MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa.

This will be particulary newsworthy coming especially so after this analysis was selected more than 2500 reviews from safari travelers and African travel experts who rated some of the best safari experiences on the continent.

Only parks known for classic wildlife viewing safaris were considered in this report. Parks mostly known for their scenery or typical gorilla/chimp tracking parks were not included. Parks with less than 25 reviews were excluded from the top 50.

The overall review score of a park consists of 50% expert reviews and 50% user reviews. The reviews of individual Sabi Sands reserves were merged into one overall Sabi Sands rating, since those reserves collectively brand themselves as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Safari Bookings is the world’s largest and leading authority for planning an African safari and enables users to compare safari offers from 1 362 specialised tour operators, offering uo to 34 241 consumer reviews. In total the bookings will promote at least 139 parks from all 8 major safari countries  in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mana Pools appeared in a nre analysis by based on more than 2500 reviews – a total of 1670 reviews were contributed by safari-goers from 72 countries.

Another 860 park reviews were written by renowned industry experts. This experts include guidebook authors from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint. Reviews from both first time and experienced safari-goers make up the results.

Sweeping first place was the people’s favorite, magnificent Serengeti in Tanzania – it polled an impressive rating of 4.9 out of 5.

It was followed by South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve, and Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Oddly, Kruger National Park didn’t feature in the Top 10 despite South Africa holding two of the top 10 spots.

This was surprising given how highly regarded Kruger is in the safari industry.

Serengeti thoroughly deserved first position in our study as it is universally loved for its wildlife, profusion of predators, and astonishing wildebeest migration.

MalaMala Game Reserve is popular for the rich and famous, offering luxurious accommodations and some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. Watching wildlife while bobbing down the Zambezi in a canoe, with the unspoiled wilderness of Mana Pools on either side, is an unforgettable experience.

Remarkably, Kenya’s only foray into the top 10 is on the back of the Masai Mara National Reserve (despite the country having 9 parks that rank in the top 50). The park really on the move is South Luangwa in Zambia which jumped from 11th in 2015 to 5th place in 2018. Source: SafariBookings.com



Hornbill Photo: Paul Crosland, Friends of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe Facebook



Photo: Ralph Stutchbury, Friends of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe Facebook



Wild Dog Photo: Paul Crosland, Friends of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe Facebook


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