Matusadona National Park is a remote and beautiful wilderness area containing dense thickets, mopane woodland and grasslands along the southern shore of Lake Kariba. It stretches from the lakeshore to the rugged landscape of the Zambezi escarpment. Offering excellent game viewing and birdwatching, the park offers excellent opportunities to view the Big Five, and access to vast birdlife diversity.

MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK
LOCATION

Located on the southern shores of Lake Kariba in the Mashonaland West Province of northern Zimbabwe, Matusadona National Park is best accessed from the capital city Harare on the A1. Road access from Victoria Falls is challenging as the trails are often very rough – requiring a 4×4 vehicle – and generally unpassable in the wet season. Best options for travellers to get to Matusadona National Park from Victoria Falls or Livingstone is by chartering a boat on Lake Kariba or plane from one of the airports. While additional arrangements may be required, the effort is worth it, as you will experience true wilderness and spectacular scenery, away from crowds.

Contact one of our experienced tour operators to discuss options for your trip to Matusadona National Park from the heart of Africa’s Eden.

MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK
SIZE & MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Matusadona National Park covers 1,407 sq.km, but while relatively small compared to other parks, it is blessed with abundant wildlife and bird species and has numerous accommodation and activity options to choose from. Set against the shore of Lake Kariba, and reaching up to the Zambezi Escarpment, Matusadona National Park features scenic wilderness, such as the seasonal waterfalls of Sanyanti River Gorge.

The best time to visit is during the dry season – July to October when temperatures, rainfall and humidity are lower, resulting in fewer insects. During this period, vegetation is generally less dense, making wildlife easier to see. With fewer options available, the lakeshore is often used by game and predators for drinking, making for excellent viewing and photo opportunities. While the wet season – November to February – can be very humid, with insects more prevalent, this is an excellent time to see young game animals, as well as the arrival of migratory bird species.

Gate Times: 08h00 to 16h30

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Day visitor local USD 5
  • Accommodated local USD 3
  • Day visitor SADC USD 12
  • Accommodated SADC USD 6
  • Day visitor International USD 15
  • Accommodated USD 8

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MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK
PARKS, CAMPS & WILDLIFE