Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park is situated on the southern shores of the magnificent Lake Kariba and has got to be one of Zimbabwe’s best kept secrets. Being relatively unknown and undiscovered makes this park a true safari wilderness highlight. Within the boundaries of this national park, on the vast lush plains of this incredibly diverse area, is a mountain range called the Matuzviadonha Hills - meaning ‘falling dung’ - which is believed to be named so unglamorously because it looks like Elephant droppings.
Matusadona National Park is ideal for superb game viewing with over 1 400 sq km of unspoiled wilderness, offering both walking safaris and game drives. It can also be explored by houseboat or canoe from the lake, making it a versatile and excellent safari location. The park is easily accessible by boat from the town of Kariba but it is also possible to enter from the gravel Karoi-Kamativi road, south of the escarpment. A 4x4 is a definite requirement as roads can prove to be harsh in some places. Both Lake Kariba and Matusadona can be visited at any time as weather conditions are surprisingly pleasant all year round.
This national park is one of the last remaining sanctuaries to home the black rhino, one of the Big Five as well as one of the largest concentrations of wild lions in Africa. Wildlife is abundant in Matusadona from small creatures like the scrub hare, vervet monkey, caracal, bush squirrels, dassies and mongooses to larger and possibly more impressive mammals like Leopard, Buffalo, Zebra, Warthogs, Hyenas, Cheetah and Hippopotami. Vast numbers of antelope roam the park, among them Duikers, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Kudu, Sable and Eland - not to mention the luxuriant birdlife with over 240 species being recorded. From time to time, Elephants can be seen swimming between the shore and islands of Lake Kariba, a sight which is perhaps unique to the area.Matusadona National Park combines the beauty of a lake-setting, with a rising wall of mountains that serves as the backdrop to a picture perfect place where one can observe magnificent wildlife under the African sky.