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Protected Area Matusadona National Park

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Located in Zimbabwe :: Mashonaland
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area


Matusadona got its name from the local Matusadona Hills. The word in Chizezuru is a combination of the verb tusva meaning “to push ahead”, and/or “keep in front”, and the word dona, an onomatopoeic word implies “stretching towards something”.It is bordered on two sides by the Ume River and the Sanyati River Gorge, as well as the Lake Kariba.

African Parks, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), signed a 20-year agreement to manage Matusadona National Park on November 1st, 2019. The National park is situated in the Northern part of Zimbabwe. The northern boundary of the park is a lakeshore and the Southern part is the Omay communal land.

The reserve is abundant in wildlife. Boating and canoeing are some enjoyable activities to expect when you visit the park. The closest convenient town to the park in Kariba town so if visitors who nee do camp need to bring sufficient foodstuffs.

Address :  On the shores of Lake Kariba, Matebeleland North Province, Zimbabwe
Contact :  ZIMPARKS Central Reservations
Tel :  +263(0)47 060 77
Tel2 :  +263(0)47 076 24
Email :  Click Here
Website :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here

Opening Times : 

All Year

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Park Fee/s :Locals: USD10pp/pd; SADC citizens: USD15pp/pd. Internationals USD20pp/pd. Vehicle entry:USD5 valid 5 days (Aug-2023).

Destination Information
Petrol Diesel Lodging Camping Airstrip Mechanical Repair Towing Service
Towing Service Telephone :  +263(0)78 057 9261 / +263(0)71 808 4297 / +263(0)73 652 3424 (DRIVE Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance)

Game Viewing Game Drives 4WD Trails Hiking Trails Guided Walks Fishing Swimming Canoeing Boat Trips Bird Watching Photography
Game to View :  Elephant. Lion. Leopard. Buffalo. Black Rhino. Antelopes. Hippo. Eland. Warthog

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  Unknown

By Air :
A small, 800 metre landing strip is available at Tashinga Camp and can take small aircraft. The strip is licensed Category II.

By Boat:
Visitors can come in from Bumi Hills located14 kilometres from Tashinga, or 50 kilometres across the Lake from Kariba town.

By Road:

It has been reported in the past, that when travelling from Karoi take the Harare-Chirundu Road, then take the Binga Road, continue on the Binga Road for a further 62 kilometres and then turn right and continue for 82 kilometres to Tashinga which is the headquarters of the Park. Note that the when one leaves the Harare-Chirundu Road, the roads are either gravel or dirt. The last 82km road travelling here is a challenge. You will have to use low range and diff-lock several times. Very few vehicles visit this park by road. An alternative is to arrive by ferry.

Visitors to the national park have an option to stay in lodges, camping sites with facilities and exclusive campsites which are a bit bush camps on the banks of the river where campers need to be completely self sufficient.

The closest convenience shops are found in Kariba town, therefore, visitors are advised to thoroughly pack for the trip. Petrol, diesel and oil are sometimes available at Bumi Harbour but supplies are not always reliable, so self drive travellers are advised to fill up their tank or bring extra fuel for their trips.

Alternative tow-in services can be provided by DRIVE Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance: Contact: +263(0)78 057 9261 / +263(0)71 808 4297 / +263(0)73 652 3424.
Road Angels: +263(0)77 212 2122 (For emergencies).

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External Links Related to Matusadona National Park
The Zambezi Society
Matusadona Blog
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