is probably more than would naturally survive
in the wild, so the crocodile population is
extremely healthy. Villagers have to be very
careful when collecting water or when fishing
from the shore, as people and cows have often
been taken by crocodiles. Swimming is not advised
except in a swimming cage on the back of some
of the larger houseboats.
Park is the finest safari location along the
lake with the best of Lake Kariba's water wildlife
coupled with great inland wildlife viewing.
Game viewing by boat near the shore is a wonderful
experience and you will see large herds of elephant,
buffalo and plenty of hippos and waterbuck.
Further into the park roan and sable antelope,
kudu, impala, lions and black rhino are often
seen, but leopards are elusive. Walking safaris
are very rewarding and fishing for tiger and
bream is excellent.
Baboons are frequently
seen on the paths leading to the falls and small
antelopes and warthogs inhabit the rainforests
that hug the edge of the falls. In the wildlife
reserve, the pastures and tall riverine forests
contain plenty of birds and a scattering of
animals including some white rhino, elephants,
giraffe, zebra, sable, eland, buffalo and impala.
Season: it is dry from June to October
and animals come to the lake to drink and graze
along the banks. As the rain clouds build, October's
heat is oppressive and temperatures exceed 86°F
(30°C). The dry season is the best time
Rainy Season: it rains intermittently
from early November to the end of April and
animals have no need to stay so close to the
lake. The rainy season summer months are very
hot and humid.
& MATUSADONA SPECIALITIES
• Massive Nile crocodiles
• Swimming elephants
• Lakeshore lodges, houseboats and floating
• Spectacular watery sunsets
• Masses of hippos
• Dead trees like sculptures
National Park is 543²miles (1,407km²).
Lake Kariba is 175 miles long (280km) and up
to 20 miles wide (32km).
There is an overnight ferry from one end of
Lake Kariba to the other, which takes 22 hours.
Operation Noah saved over 5,000 animals of 35
different species from drowning when Lake Kariba
was formed and deposited many of them in what
is now Matusadona National Park.
This is a malarial area.