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Matusadona National Park


Demarcated by Lake Kariba’s shores to the north, the dramatic Sanayti Gorge to the east, and the Umi River to the west, this scenic 543 mi² (1407 km²) park is an ideal place to view wildlife while on “boating and walking excursions.” Once an interesting animal is spotted while meandering along Lake Kariba’s shoreline, guests can accompany a guide on a walking safari to track it down. Generally, the best time to do this is during the dry season (May to October).


Interesting wildlife in Matusadona includes black and white rhino within the park’s Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ), elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, greater kudu, impala, sable antelope, roan antelope, and waterbuck. Naturally, the park is also an excellent fishing site for tiger fish, giant vundu, bream, chessa and nukupi. Birdlife, especially fish eagles, waterfowl species, cormorants and kingfishers, is abundant.

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