Zimbabwe: Lake Kariba – Matusadona National Park

A large portion of the southern shore of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is protected as Matusadona National Park. It’s a lesser known Zimbabwean park and is quite severely poached, being slowly restocked now. The restocking efforts however don’t seem to work well – the last existing rhinos here have disappeared. Game drives don’t yield much wildlife, as most animals congregate along the shoreline, so cruising by boat among all the rugged islands and peninsulas you can see much more. There are elephants, buffalo, zebra, and ever present impalas. The water is full of hippos and crocs and monitor lizards. Predators are hard to find if they even exist. The scenery is pretty with hills and red cliffs and sand dunes.