Matusadona National Park
Due to the high water levels of the lake, large animals that were previously found here only seasonally, now stay in the park permanently, e.g. elephant and buffalo that are highly dependent upon a regular water supply. The park is very rough and mountainous, covered with dense bush. This makes it an ideal habitat for black rhinos that were relocated here from other parts of the country to protect them from the increasing threat of poaching.
There are different options for exploring the Park. For experienced campers and 4x4 enthusiasts, the Park can be accessed by road, either from the East via Karoi or from the west from the direction of Binga. You need a 4x4 with good ground clearance and you must be self-sufficient as a camper, all you are supplied with in the Park is water. There are several camp sites, some are equipped with simple showers and toilets others have no facilities at all.
Access by boat from Kariba is far more comfortable and much faster. A popular and very leisurely way to explore the Lake and the Park is by houseboat. You stay on the boat and go spotting wildlife with the small tender boat. The tender boat can enter the small bays and river mouths and wild animals barely take notice of it. With a licensed guide, walking Safaris in Matusadona are also possible.
Some of the islands are private concessions with lodges suitable for various tastes and budgets. The lodges are accessible by boat or small aircraft. Your game watching activities are then organized by the lodge management.
Lake Kariba is also famous for its tiger fishing and the sports-fishermen that gather here once a year for a huge tournament. If you like fishing, then you can also try for bream, fresh from the lake they taste superb!
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Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe