Birds – Matusadona NP

Matusadona National Park, on the shore of Lake Kariba, has more than 240 bird species recorded and is particularly rich in waders and other water-associated birds. The dead mopane trees on the lakeshore are covered by large numbers of perched birds, including cormorants, darters and many fish eagles – their cries regularly filling the air. A boat trip in the scenic Sanyati Gorge offers a chance to see rare species including the elusive African finfoot. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Matusadona
African fish eagle
Grey heron
Grey-headed gull
Reed cormorant
Malachite kingfisher

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Zimbabwe doesn't have endemic birds, although several near-endemics can be found in the Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Bird Area (EBA), which includes Nyanga NP.

  • African darter
  • African finfoot
  • African openbill
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Collared pratincole
  • Goliath heron
  • Long-toed lapwing
  • Osprey
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • White-winged tern
  • Woolly-necked stork

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Matusadona is good all year, but at its best from November to April. This is the nesting season for resident birds, as well as the time of arrival of migratory birds coming from Europe and northern Africa. The Dry season happens from June to October, which is the best time for viewing wildlife.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The Eastern Highlands, including Nyanga NP, is a well-known birding hotspot. Hwange has over 420 species recorded, and the parks in the Zambezi valley have rich birdlife as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Matusadona NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr