Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park, on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, harbours a fantastic array of wildlife in picturesque surroundings. Whilst listening to the haunting cry of the fisheagle and watching a crimson sun setting over the lake you will experience the true beauty of unspoilt Africa. Guided walks through the park allow you to appreciate the beauty of one of Africa's greatest safari destinations.
The Matusadona National Park is located on the western side of Zimbabwe, on the southern shores of the famous Lake Kariba. This Zimbabwean National Park is relatively unknown and undiscovered making it a safari wilderness highlight. Located in this national park are a series of hills called the Matuzviadonha hills; they are found on the lush open plains of this beautiful and diverse area... Matusadona actually derived its name from these hills; Matuzviadonha means “falling dung” which is, interestingly enough, believed to describe the elephant's droppings as they walked up the hills!
The Matuzviadonha hills rise for over 600 m high making the Matusadona National Park a great location for a hiking adventure. The Matusadona National Park is a protected wildlife area in Zimbabwe. Visiting this area on a safari of Zimbabwe will help to support the sustainability of this national park.
This national park is one of the last remaining sanctuaries to home the black rhino; the black rhino is part of the ‘Big Five' and is on the endangered animals list. This Zimbabwean sanctuary provides them with a safe refuge and sanctuary. Also in the Matusadona National Park you will find the largest concentration of wild lions in Africa (after the Ngorongoro crater).
The Matusadona National Park measures over 1370 km2 - it is surrounded by the Ume River in the west, the Sanyati River in the east and over 60% of the Matusadona National Park lies south of the Zambezi. This undiscovered and rarely visited are in Zimbabwe proves to be a fascinating safari attraction. Entry into the park can be done in two ways; either by boat on Lake Kariba or through the Karoi-Kamativi road by car. Entry into the Matusadona National Park by road must be done with a 4x4 safari vehicle as the entry road as well as the internal park's roads can be harsh in some places.
Most of the animals in the Matusadona National Park are from the 'Operation Noah' project. ‘Operation Noah' refers to the time when Lake Kariba was filling-up with water and the area surrounding the lake was becoming highly dangerous for animals. Most of them were then captured, transported and safely released into the Matusadona National Park. A number of animals can be spotted in this Zimbabwean Park, such as; hippos, crocodiles, lions, buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, hyenas, waterbuck, rhinos, sable, zebra, eland, owls and many more.
A range of interesting activities are offered in the Matusadona National Park, such as; game drives, safaris, night viewing, game walks, hikes and even fishing. Lake Kariba offers the opportunity to try your hand at tiger and bream fishing…
Visiting the Matusadona National Park can be done all year round as the weather is surprisingly pleasant. Winter months are between May and September; however the ‘winter' is almost as warm as summer – with warm days, clear nights and minimal rain. Most of the rain falls in the summer months with afternoon electrical storms between October and April.