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National Park Chizarira National Park

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Located in Zimbabwe :: Matabeleland North
Category: Protected Areas :: National Park


One of Zimbabwe's least known and least visited parks, also called “The Home of the Hidden Gorges” is situated on top of the Zambezi escarpment. This park covers 200 000ha on the Chizarira Hills in Western Zimbabwe. Chizarira National Park is the fourth-largest national park in Zimbabwe after the iconic Hwange, Gonarezhou and Mana Pools National Parks.

The name of the park comes from the Batonga word chijalila, which translates into English as “great barrier”, referring to the Zambezi Escarpment, of which Chizarira’s rough terrain forms a part. The infrastructure of this park is not well developed and there has been little maintenance done on the roads; there are seven bush camping sites. Unaccompanied walking by visitors is not permitted.

There are few visitors; no tarred roads; and no accommodation other than basic campsites, some with amazing views across the Zambezi Valley to Lake Kariba.

Address :  Chizarira National Park, Zimbabwe
Cell :  +263(0)77 243 2148
Cell2 :  +263(0)77 283 7787
Email :  Click Here
Website :  Click Here


From Bulawayo, along the Victoria Falls road, turn off at Gwayi River on the Lubumbi road at the 246 kilometre peg. Follow the road for 96 kilometres towards Lusulu and turn left at the sign post written “Chizarira National Park” the Park headquarters is 70 kilometres beyond this sign.

Time Information
Best Time to Visit :  Open all year Round (Best time April to November).
Reception Opening and Closing Times :  Monday to Sunday: 08h30 -16h30

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Conservation Fees: USD3 (Locals); USD8 (SADC Citizens) and USD10 (Internationals). (Updated Aug-2022).

Destination Information
Camping Airstrip 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 Bird Watching Photography
Game to View :  The Big 5. Wild dog.Spotted hyena. Hippo. Nile crocodile. Kudu. Roan. Antelope. Bushbuck. Waterbuck. Tsessebe. Nyala.

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  4WD

The nearest fuel and supplies are obtained at Binga on Lake Kariba, approximately 90 KM away.

Although it is open year round, the rainy season renders some areas inaccessible, and the best time to visit is June to September.

Chizarira has very few services and food suppliers, fuel, spares and camping equipment must be taken with you.

Are allowed in the park.

Alternative tow-in service contact +263(0)78 057 9261 / +263(0)71 808 4297 / +263(0)73 652 3424 (DRIVE Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance). (Sept-2023).

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