Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe


Matusadona National Park, nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Kariba, is a breathtaking natural gem that boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna. Named after the majestic Matusadona Hills that encircle its pristine waters, this remarkable national park spans across 1,470 square kilometers, encompassing a variety of landscapes including woodlands and savannas. One of the highlights of Matusadona National Park is its impressive array of wildlife, including the famous “big five”. In addition to these iconic species, the park is also home to a plethora of other fascinating wildlife, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.

But it’s not just the land-dwelling creatures that make Matusadona National Park a haven for nature enthusiasts. The park is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, boasting over 240 bird species. From colorful kingfishers to majestic eagles, the park’s exceptional birdlife provides a symphony of sights and sounds for avid birdwatchers to delight in. With its stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and remarkable birdlife, Matusadona National Park is truly a natural wonder that promises an unforgettable experience for those who have the pleasure of visiting.

Family Suites at Fothergill Island
Family Suites at Fothergill Island

Why Do People Travel to Matusadona?

Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe is a destination that attracts travelers for a variety of reasons, primarily centered around its exceptional natural beauty, wildlife, and outdoor activities. Matusadona National Park is located on the shores of Lake Kariba, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. The lake’s vast expanse and clear waters create a picturesque setting for various activities and leisure. Matusadona is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous antelope species. Game drives and boat safaris provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. The park is known for its large elephant population. Visitors can observe these magnificent creatures up close, sometimes even from the comfort of lodges and camps within the park. Matusadona is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 240 bird species, including fish eagles, herons, and kingfishers. Bird watching is a popular activity in the park. ake Kariba offers fantastic opportunities for boating and fishing, particularly for species like tigerfish. Visitors can enjoy leisurely boat cruises, fishing, and water-based adventures. Guided walking safaris allow visitors to explore the park on foot, gaining a deeper understanding of its ecosystems and observing wildlife and birdlife from a different perspective.

Fothergill Island, Zimbabwe
Fothergill Island, Zimbabwe

Safari Ideas in Matusadona

When planning your visit to Matusadona National Park, make sure to stay at the exceptional Fothergill Island accommodation, located within the park and along the scenic shores of Lake Kariba. At Fothergill, you can expect a fully customised safari experience that includes unforgettable guided walks, thrilling boat safaris, exciting fly-fishing, and a variety of family and child-friendly activities. Let the dedicated Fothergill team assist you in creating a personalised and extraordinary safari adventure for you and your loved ones.

Safari Packages in Matusadona

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