Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe

Elephant Heard Matusadona National Park

Elephant Heard Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park is situated is located on the southern shores of the famous Lake Kariba. On its west is the Umi River and east the Sanyati Gorge.The park derives its name from the neighbouring Matuzviadonha hills, which is a combination of mountains and plains. This Zimbabwean National Park’s wildlife is in abundance, especially Elephant, Lion, Kudu, Impala and Buffalo. Its wilderness with plent of water from  Lake Kariba is a rare combination. The roads to the park are not well maintained due to which the crowd and traffic is less. The park stretches along 1500 km². But only two thirds of it is accessible by road.

It can be reached by boat from Kariba Lake and from Bumi Hills airstrip.

Why is Matusadona Unique?

Black Rhino Matusadona National Park

Black Rhino Matusadona National Park

The park is considered to have the second largest habitat of wild lions in Africa and also one of the largest sanctuaries of the endangered species of Black Rhinoceros.

Birds at Lake Kariba at Matusadona National Park

Birds at Lake Kariba at Matusadona National Park

Annual Tiger Fishing tournament Lake Kariba

Annual Tiger Fishing tournament Lake Kariba

Heard of Elephant Bulls are a common site in the park and during dry season the Lake Shore is a home to many large number of animals like Buffalo, Zebra, Impala, Waterbuck. Rhinos are seen on hills but vaguely. Commonly seen are Lion, Leopard, Warthog, Kudu and Bushbuck. The Lake and vegetation attracts a variety of birds. The type of birds found are Fish Eagles, Herons, Flamingos, and Strokes. Watch every 200m of shoreline for Crocodile dwelling

Well know fighting fish, The Tiger Fish has its own territory. It is most fascinating to see the popular annual Tiger Fish tournament.

Sure anybody will agree that Matusadona National Park is a perfect walking safari territory and is worth visiting year round. Traditional style small seasonal bush camps are scattered around the region which makes it ideal for mobile safaris  too.

 

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