Wildlife & Animals – Chizarira NP
There is a good variety of wildlife in the park, but animal densities are rather low. Animals tend to be skittish due to poaching issues. Chizarira is home to elephant and buffalo. The park was once a stronghold for black rhino, but they have become locally extinct. Zebra, greater kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck and impala are all quite common. Roan antelope and grysbok are rare but might be spotted as well. Lion and spotted hyena are around but are more often heard than seen.
The rocky terrain is excellent for animals that thrive in that kind of environment, such as klipspringer – often found standing like statues on balancing rocks. Rock hyrax are very common but usually noticeable only while scurrying away as one of the many raptors, such as black eagle, passes overhead. Leopard also love this habitat and sightings of these elusive predators are remarkably frequent.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The middle and end of the Dry season (from July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources. Roads might become impassable in the Wet Season (November to March).