Extending across 540 square miles of rolling hills and grassy plains, Matusadona National Park is bounded to the north by the vast Lake Kariba and to the west and east by the Ume and Sanyati Rivers. Much of its wildlife descends from stock translocated in the 1950s after the construction of Kariba Dam, but while buffalo, antelope and the likes have fared well, the once prolific herds of rhino and elephant have suffered from commercial poaching. Matusadona is currently a rather low-key and off-the-beaten-track safari destination, but its profile is bound to rise following a 2019 management deal with African Parks, the highly regarded NGO that oversaw the recent revivals of Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve and Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.
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All the Big Five are present. Buffalo and elephant remain common; lion and leopard are seen less frequently. Despite the heavy poaching, a relict population of black rhinos still remains, and numbers are bound to increase under the watch of African Parks.
The varied landscape includes the undulating Brachystegia-swathed Matusadona Hills, tracts of flat grassland, the scenic Sanyati River Gorge, and the vast watery expanse of Lake Kariba, its shore lined with a dead forest of partially submerged trees.
A checklist of 240 birds is particularly strong on aquatic species. Among the more exciting birds likely to be seen on a boat safari are African fish eagle, osprey, African darter, goliath heron and saddle-billed stork.
Lake Kariba offers excellent game fishing, with giant tiger fish being the main attraction.
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