Matusadona Walking Safaris
Matusadona National Park is a wildlife park on the shores of Lake Kariba where the game and expanse of water provide a different walking safari experience
Elephant Trail - Walking SafariThis is a true wilderness experience and off the beaten track you rarely encounter any people. The group consists of the guide, the guests and a couple of staff who assist in carrying the equipment needed.
Each guest will be given a backpack with sleeping bag, set of cutlery, limited dry food supply and their own luggage. This is not a heavy load but you need to be reasonably fit to enjoy the safari to the full.
The expedition lasts from 3 nights up to a week for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the bush. Game sightings are rewarding and elephant, lion, antelope and zebra are commonly seen. Matusadona is one of the last strongholds of the wild, endangered black rhino and this safari enables us to search for these shy animals and camp anywhere we wish.
The elephant trail is particularly enjoyable over full moon, camping above a spring we can watch the nocturnal movements of the rhino and others in secret
The Lion Trail
Is a completely mobile safari so that we can focus on finding the lions and following their movements. Each night is spent camping on the shoreline where the lions tend to concentrate and during the day we leave the camp and search for them on foot.
Lunch is set up under a tree en route to the next camping spot and the group arrives in camp in the early evening to find the complete camp, cold drinks and hot showers waiting.
Although finding lions is obviously the highlight of these trails,
there will be plenty of exciting encounters with elephant, buffalo,
numerous antelopes and possibly the elusive black rhino,
leopard or cheetah. The trails are led by a professional guide and whilst the emphasis is on walking, the distances covered are not long although you do need to be fairly fit especially in the hotter months between September and March. Matusadona is said to have the second highest density of lions in Africa
Matusadona Day Explorer
This one day safari departs Kariba at 8 am by speedboat to Matusadona
National Park, approximately a 40 minute ride across the lake.
Your armed, professional guide will lead you into this untouched wilderness and here you may encounter elephant, lion, rhino, zebra and antelope species as well as many beautiful birds and spectacular scenery.
After some fruit and biscuits you will spend the morning on foot walking in search
of fresh tracks and as the day begins to get hot brunch is
served under a shady tree.
The afternoon might involve a drive in the vehicle to cover a bit more ground and possibly a short walk depending on what is the best way to see the game on the particular day.
Return to Kariba in the early evening and enjoy afternoon tea and drinks in the boat on the way back
All walking is adjusted to suit the fitness of the individual group. Minimum 4 pax,
Kariba half day - Birding safari
This is a half day trip concentrating on the huge variety of birds in
the wilderness areas
A guide will collect you and in a 4x4 vehicle you will explore the shoreline, woodland and riverine areas in order to see the widest variety of birds in their natural habitats.
The morning's bird safari includes a light lunch en route in a shady spot and the afternoon's safari includes tea, cake and biscuits. All cold drinks are provided throughout the day.
Your guide will carry a spare pair of binoculars but please bring your own if you own a pair to ensure there are enough to go round.
Lunch can be provided on request. Minimum 6 pax
Matusadona Walking Safaris
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