Matusadonha Park- Showpiece of Kariba

Matusadona - boasts a unique combination of remote and rugged wilderness with the water frontage of Lake Kariba


- recognized as having the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa
- It's poor accessibility by road and harsh internal network of roads keeps the crowds and traffic out
- two-thirds of this 1,500 km² Park is accessible only by foot
- enclosed by the Umi river to the west and Sanyati gorge to the east


Torpedo grass - fodder for wild animals

The drawdown zone between high and low water is covered with a dense growth of torpedo grass (panicum repens) around much of the Matusadona shoreline. In certain areas e.g. west of Fothergill Island, this grass forms extensive swards on which a large variety of mammals can be seen.

Torpedo grass is indigenous to the Zambezi region and is abe to survive under water, regenerating when it is re-exposed.

The grasslands provide vital reserves of grazing for elephant, buffalo, hippo, impala, waterbuck and zebra.

The expansion of the Matusadona's buffalo population has been attributed to the large quantity of fodder provided by these grasslands.

Elephant and Buffalo can often be seen swimming between the mainland and the offshore islands

Attractions & Activities

Unbridled adventure in the extreme wild
Hiking and escarpment climbing
Game viewing along the lake shoreline from the safety of houseboats
Fishing in the rivers and inlets
Bird watching in the breathtaking Sanyati Gorge
Game drives
Boating and canoeing safaris

Matusadona Accommodation gallery
Rhino Camp Rhino Safari Camp
Bumi Hills Bumi Hills
Musango Safari Camp Musango
Spurwing-Island Spurwing
Changa Safari Camp Changa
Matusadona National Park Matusadona Scenes
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Matusadona National Park

Lake Kariba Fish

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