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Matusadona National Park

Situated on Lake Kariba’s southern shore, two thirds of this 1500 km2 national park is accessible only by foot. Comprising wooded hills, plateau and shoreline, the park itself is not easy to get to by road, even in a 4×4, and is most easily accessed by boat from Kariba.

Matusadona is a melodic word for “constant dripping of dung” in reference to the huge elephant population which took to these high grounds after their relocation in Operation Noah.

Antelope, buffalo and lion are plentiful and on average, a crocodile inhabits every 200m of shoreline. Birdlife includes fish eagles, storks, herons and even flamingos. The river is tiger fish territory, which is a renowned fighting fish that can reach 15kg in weight.

The dam supports an annual tiger fishing tournament which is immensely popular. Matusadona is a great spot for guided game walks and its drowned forests, relics of the flooded dam, provide irresistible sunset photo opportunities. There are several good safari lodges in this remote area.