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Matusadona National Park comprises over 1,400 square kilometres of diverse flora and fauna. Although increasingly rare, black rhino is a speciality here and the birdlife is exceptional.

Matusadona became a game reserve in 1963, and a national park in 1975. The park borders Lake Kariba and attracts more than 400 bird species, including African fish eagle and several species of kingfisher, herons, storks and plovers.

However, before the lake was created, Matsudona was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access. The lake brought significant ecological changes and helped to greatly increase in the populations of large mammals, particularly elephant and buffalo. Healthy populations of waterbuck, antelope, zebra and even impala; guarantee the presence of predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, which are all plentiful.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, cheetah, African elephant, leopard, lion
  • Where: Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Wings over Zimbabwe

This trip idea makes the most of your time by flying between comfortable safari lodges and tented camps. From the imposing spectacle of Victoria Falls, head to Hwange National Park, renowned for its elephant and buffalo herds. Continue with spectacular aerial views of Lake Kariba to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Zimbabwe Highlights

This flying safari is a combination of some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife areas in Zimbabwe. The journey starts at the unforgettable Victoria Falls, before taking in the country’s foremost national park, Hwange. The final stop is Mana Pools, famed for its scenery and magnificent wildlife viewing.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Standing on a hilltop with a commanding vista of Lake Kariba, this elegant and exclusive lodge makes a wonderful location for rest and relaxation. The infinity pool is breathtaking, animals graze along the shore, and activities include wildlife viewing in the concession and watching the legendary Kariba sunset.

Changa Safari Camp

Situated on a private concession within Matusadona National Park, with its own four kilometre stretch of lakeshore, this stylish camp has stunning views of Lake Kariba and the Matusadona Mountains. Accommodation is in eight large East African-style, luxury, fan-cooled tents.