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Matusadona National Park is ideal walking safari territory and is worth visiting year-round. Small seasonal bush camps in the traditional style are erected for mobile safaris but there are also two lodges situated on islands just off the shore of Lake Kariba. The Matusadona shoreline invites water-based activities, usually from game-viewing boats or pontoons, and is one of several protected wildlife areas with shorelines on Lake Kariba.

Lake Kariba is one of our favorite destinations in Zimbabwe. Almost 185 miles long and 25 miles wide at its widest point, Kariba is no ordinary lake. It's one of the four largest man-made lakes in the world. It was created in 1958 as a result of the damming of the Zambezi River at Kariba to create a hydroelectric power plant for Zimbabwe and Zambia. Crystal clear lake water, numerous islands, and a grass-flanked shoreline combine to create a unique habitat for a variety of animals. Elephants, who have adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle, are frequent at the water's edge as their feeding patterns are governed by the ever-changing lake levels. Lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah occur, and a small but very important population of the endangered black rhino roams Matusadona National Park. What Kariba lacks in the quantity and diversity of game found in other prime safari destinations is more than made up for by the sheer beauty of the lake, the variety of birdlife and the choice of activities.

Our favorite property in the region is Changa Safari Camp.

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