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Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park: in detail

Matusadona safari holidays: the full story

In the late 1950s, the Kariba Dam flooded much of the middle Zambezi Valley, creating one of the world's greatest man-made lakes: Lake Kariba. The valley's prolific game was concentrated on its islands and southern shore, where Matusadona National Park was created. Around this shoreline are some excellent safari lodges, offering walks and drives, as well as boat and canoe trips to explore the lake's inlets and creeks. The lake is a superb place to watch the sunset, with the Matusadona Mountains in the background making for an excellent photo opportunity.

There is good game around Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park ranging from herds of elephants through to crocodiles. The park also boasts the big five - buffalo frequent the area which along with a healthy population of antelope bring cats and other predatory animals to the region too. Black rhino, one of Africa's rarer animals, can be spotted here and there are opportunities to track them along with their more widespread, but no less impressive relative, the white rhino. The bird life is exceptional due largely to the diverse habitation which supports, amongst many species, a very healthy fish-eagle population.

Where to stay at Kariba and Matusadona

Although there are a few hotels in the town of Kariba the main attraction here has always been the game in Matusadona National Park, and so our favourite camps are all on the lakeshore:

Spurwing Island

Spurwing Island is an old favourite here, perched on what was once a hilltop. It now offers good guiding, tasty food and 20 simple en-suite rooms (some tents, others chalets) – plus a swimming pool and a large bar and dining area. It is reasonably priced, a good base for exploring Kariba, offers superb game viewing opportunities and is an excellent choice for a peaceful escape. (Read more about Spurwing Island Lodge here…)

Musango Safari Camp

Overlooking Matusadona, the smaller Musango is a super lodge run by its owner, Steve Edwards, who is a guide of great repute. Musango has a super reputation and a keen following amongst visitors for its excellent wildlife experience; as a side-interest, there are some interesting archaeological sites nearby. Musango offers boating, canoeing, game drives and walks in the national park, which is a good area for tracking black rhino on foot. (Read more about Musango Safari Camp here…)

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

What was formerly known as the Bumi Hills Hotel up until 2009 is now known as Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. It is now privately owned and has been completely refurbished – with a lovely bar, a snooker room and a spa, plus 20 air-conditioned rooms including 10 suites with balconies over the lake. Activities include walking safaris and game-viewing by boat and vehicle. (Read more about Bumi Hills Safari Lodge here…)


Where to stay in Matusadona

Our suggestions for safari camps in Matusadona National Park


Musango Safari Camp

Musango Safari Camp

Set on an island in Lake Kariba, Musango Safari Camp is owned and run by Steve Edwards, a guide of note and an authority on the local area and its wildlife.


91% (9 reviews)
Rhino Safari Camp

Rhino Safari Camp

Secluded on an island on the shores of Lake Kariba, the simple Rhino Safari Camp offers great guiding and a combination of water- and land-based activities.


88% (5 reviews)
Changa Safari Camp

Changa Safari Camp

On Lake Kariba's southern shore the luxurious Changa Safari Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, great guiding & varied activities.


100% (4 reviews)
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

With beautiful views over Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is a place to relax, although there are also plenty of activities on offer.


93% (3 reviews)

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Matusadona

This is their success for sightings in Matusadona National Park.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Elephant

100% success

Buffalo

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Lion

67% success

Leopard

33% success

Wild dog

33% success

Spotted Hyena

33% success

Black Rhino

33% success

Eland

33% success

Giraffe

33% success

Roan antelope

33% success

Wildebeest

33% success

Aardvark

33% success

Zebra

0% success

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