Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park is located on the southern edge of Lake Kariba, the fourth largest man-made lake in the world. The area is particularly good for walking and boat safaris and there is an excellent amount of game to see. During the day the lake’s tranquil waters offer a stealthy, engine-free approach to the wildlife on the shore. The year-round supply of water means there is always an abundance of wildlife and game viewing is always exciting. Sunsets on the lake will rival any on the planet for beauty.

Lake Kariba and Matusadona Wildlife Safaris

All of the famous Big Five can be seen on a tailor-made safari in Matusadona National Park. Elephants are abundant and can often be found bathing in the waters of Lake Kariba. There are roughly 30 lions which are frequently spotted, whilst leopard sightings are also relatively common for such an elusive cat. Buffalos are common across the park and around the lake.

Other iconic species that can be found in Matusadona National Park and either in or on the banks of Lake Kariba include hippo, crocodiles, cheetah, hyena and zebra. Antelope species that can be found in the area are roan, kudu, grysbok, klipspringer, bushbuck and duiker.

Activities include game drives and walking safaris in Matusadona National Park, boating safaris and sunset cruises on Lake Kariba, as well as gorge walks and fishing.


Birding at Lake Kariba and Matusadona

Recorded species of bird in the Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park region exceed 400. Rare species to be seen include the sooty falcon, greater flamingo, Baird’s sandpiper, Eurasian curlew and the Caspian plover among others. Birding specials in the area include the narina trogon, mottled spinetail, bat hawk, Pel’s fishing owl, Arnot’s chat and the Cabanis’ bunting.

Best Places to Stay in Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

There are a number of excellent accommodation options around Lake Kariba and in Matusadona National Park, including the opportunity to stay on a houseboat on Lake Kariba for something a bit different.

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Best Time to Visit Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

During the dry months from June to October game viewing in Matusadona National Park and around Lake Kariba is at its peak. During this period less surface water is available in the rest of the park and wildlife tends to congregate on the edge of the lake making it easier to find.

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How to Book a Lake Kariba and Matusadona Safari Holiday

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