Matusadona National Park

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About Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park, on the shore of Lake Kariba, offers excellent wildlife viewing. All of the Big Five are present, including both white and black rhino. Elephant and buffalo are abundant on the lake shore.

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Pros and Cons
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Great wildlife diversity, including the Big Five and both rhino species
  • Excellent birding destination
  • Walking, canoe and boat safaris are available.
  • Tracking black rhino on foot
  • Lots of accommodation options, including house boats
  • It gets hot and humid from November to March, and there are many mosquitoes
  • Not easy to get to by road, and 4WD is essential


All of the Big Five are present and regularly spotted. Both black and white rhino are present and quite easily seen. The park is well known for its large herds of buffalo that congregate on the lakeshore in the Dry season. There is a good variety of antelope species including waterbuck, sable and roan. The lake is teeming with hippo and crocodile.
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Matusadona reaches from the southern shore of Lake Kariba up to the rugged Zambezi escarpment. Sunsets over the lake, with the mountains in the background, are spectacular.

Weather & Climate

Matusadona stays fairly hot throughout the rain-soaked Wet season (November to March), except for the upper reaches of the escarpment which get cooler the higher you go. The days of the Dry season (April to October) start off cool – don’t make the mistake of wearing a T-shirt and shorts on an early-morning game drive. But the sun soon warms things up.
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Best Time to Visit

In the drier months (April to October), visitors spend much of their time observing the animals that wander along the lakeshore. Or they track them through the thin inland vegetation. The Wet season (November to March) is less conducive to spotting wildlife, which is why many of the local lodges shut up shop when the rains sweep in.
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By Nicole from ZimbabweZW
20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris

Matusadona is a national park usually accessed by boat or plane. As such, it is a secluded destination where you will enjoy the bush away from any crowd. Its location along lake Kariba makes it a very scenic place, its sunsets over the drowned trees ... Full review

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