Four for Mana

The name “Mana Pools” is in fact a dual language name, Shona and English. The word “Mana” means “Four” in Shona and so translated into English the name of the famous National Park would be “Four Pools”. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?

Before the Zambezi River was dammed in the late 1950s, the annual flood would deposit fertile sediment on the Mana floodplain. Simultaneously the pans and pools of the floodplain would be replenished.

 

The word 'Mana' means 'Four' in Shona and so translated into English the name of the famous National Park would be 'Four Pools'.

 

Aeons of flooding created the fertile Mana floodplain that still today supports a remarkable wealth of wildlife, but the pools are now solely dependent on the rains to be refilled and to provide water to wildlife inland of the Zambezi River.

Many of these pools dry-up during the dry season (often providing spectacular wildlife sightings) but the four largest pools hold water throughout the year and these are the “four/MANA pools.

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