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Zimbabwe Safari Lodges and Camps2018-05-06T04:52:35+00:00

Zimbabwe Safari Lodges and Camps in Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Matusadona National Park, the Matobo Hills and Lake Kariba

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Hwange

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Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and very large concentrations of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species and varied birdlife. The Park covers just over 14 600 square kilometres. The Park carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Elephant make up the largest proportion of the biomass. All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of wild dog to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today.

We operate a number of enormous private concessions within Hwange which offer guests eclusivity and privacy whilst on safari. The area is ecologically diverse, including vast, open, palm-fringed plains, grasslands, acacia woodlands and teak forests and this ensures great numbers of animals all year round – Elephant, Buffalo, Sable, Roan, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Impala and sometimes even Gemsbok can be seen. These private concessions are also the better areas in Zimbabwe for sighting predators – Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog and Cheetah are regularly sighted, along with African Wild Cat, Serval, Honey Badger, Civet and Hyena. Our safaris are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles by day and night and guided walks are also undertaken.

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Mana Pools

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Mana Pools National Park is Zimbabwe’s second World Heritage Site and are situated along the banks of the Lower Zambezi river. It consists of four main pools and several smaller pools scattered along the river covering an area of nearly a quarter of a million square kilometres, making it the fourth largest game park on the continent. It is a scenically spectacular national park with great cliffs overhanging the river, Acacia and Mopane Trees and large open grasslands. The Zambezi River, which flanks the Mana Pools for 70 kms, is largely responsible for the park’s great importance as a game sanctuary. In the rainy season the pools fill up with water from the Zambezi and spill over into the surrounding plains causing an explosing of life along the borders of these pools. Riverine terraces of lush, sweet grasses cover the floodplains, as animals descend in their thousands to revel in the coolness of these water and feast on the nutritious grasses, and are follwed by the predators.

Nile crocodile are numerous. Birdlife on the river and in the bush is prolific with over 380 species recorded including Nyasa lovebird, yellow-spotted nicator, rock pratincole, banded snake-eagle and Livingstone’s flycatcher. Common fish include tigerfish, bream, vundu, nkupi, chessa, cornish jack and lungfish.

There are a number of private safari concessions offering game drives by day and night as well as walking safaris, but the highlight of Mana Pools is the Canoe Safari which starts close to the western boundary and finishes 65 kms downstream. This is a journey for the adventurous and NOT the faint hearted as the animal encounters are very close.

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Malilangwe

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Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species – such as the Roan and sable antelope, and the black rhino. Famous for its cathedral Mopane forests and majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees, Malilangwe is an area where you will also find over 100 rock sites that date back more than 2 000 years.

The Reserve is set on 124 000 acres of wilderness in the southern corner of Zimbabwe, bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. It is a spectacularly diverse and beautiful piece of Africa, boasting geological diversity, habitat variability and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Home to one of the highest concentrations of the endangered black rhino as well as fourteen species of eagle, the area is known for its magical sandstone outcrops, mopane forests, and majestic baobab trees. Malilangwe is also an area where you will find over 100 rock art sites that date back more than 2000 years.

A very healthy white rhino population exists at Malilangwe and it is possible to see as many as 8 rhino together at one time. Giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest abound on the ‘Banyini’ in the centre of the property, and sable antelope and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are found in the mopane woodlands in the south.

Wild dogs can also be seen and nyala are regularly seen in the riverine forest along the banks of the Chiredzi River. Herds of up to 500 buffalo can be seen along the river as well. Predators include lions, hyenas and elusive leopard. A variety of small antelope including klipspringer, oribi, grey duiker, steenbok and grysbok are also found in the region. Malilangwe Private Wildlife Reserve is a birders paradise with over 500 different species, including fourteen species of eagle.

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Matusadona

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Situated on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park is a place of remarkable beauty, where scenic landscapes range from flat plains to rugged mountains.

One of several protected wildlife areas on the shores of the Lake, Matusadona is bounded on the west by the Ume River and on the east by the Sanyati River. Remote and isolated, the park receives fewer tourist numbers and provides an exclusive game viewing experience. Well known for its large herds of buffalo, they frequently congregate along the shoreline in the dry season.

Other frequently encountered wildlife includes elephant and hippo, as well as waterbuck, sable and roan antelope. The reserve is also rich in birdlife, with many species of herons, storks, plovers, bee-eaters and geese, as well as the ubiquitous fish eagle, inhabiting the river banks.

WILDLIFE
Animals found in abundance include elephant and buffalo.

Why Visit

  • Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba
  • The Park comprises some 1,400 square kilometers of diverse flora and fauna.
  • The grass found on the shoreline is a rejuvenative grass – needing only fluctuating lake levels to replenish its nutrients. With this ready food source, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, and even impala have thrived and with them the predators.
  • Matusadona is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and home to several relocated rhino.
  • Animal species are found in abundance.
  • Excellent bird watching.

Climate

SUMMER (SEPTEMBER-APRIL)
Min 14°C/58°F Max 38°C/86°F

WINTER (MAY-AUGUST)
Min 5°C/41°F Max 20°C/68°F

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Motobo Hills

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Matobo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated only 45kms from Bulawayo. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills echo the essence of tranquillity and the majesty of untamed Africa, where mammal and bird species are prolific.

Included here are the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino.

Some of the most breathtaking granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are recorded in the ancient rock art.

Experience the highest concentrations in the world of leopard and raptors such as the beautiful Black Eagle.

Why Visit

  • A world of knobbly granite domes and outcrops.
  • Known for its resident white and black rhino.
  • It has one of Africa’s highest concentrations of leopard.
  • A utopia for bird watchers.
  • This is one of the few places where you the rare black eagle breeds.
  • The home of the rock art galleries, where some of the finest of southern African san paintings are found.

Climate

SUMMER (SEPT-APRIL)
Min 14°C/58°F Max 38°C/86°F

WINTER (MAY-AUGUST)
Min 5°C/41°F Max 20°C/68°F

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Lake Kariba

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Stretching over 300 kilometres in length and covering an area of 5 000 square kilometres, the man-made Lake Kariba, filled between 1958 and 1963, is a veritable inland sea located on the mighty Zambezi River.

Flanked on all sides by pristine nature reserves, this exceptional water mass is a testament to human ingenuity and not only contributes to the people of Zimbabwe and Zambia but also to a flourishing diversity of game, fish and birdlife.

Many a memorable moment can be shared on the lake from fishing for the powerful tiger fish off a houseboat, as the sun displays its final colours before melting into the horizon, to game viewing by boat or on an interpretive guided walking safari. Not-to-be missed is the annual tiger fishing competition held in September.

WILDLIFE
Enjoy the opportunity to view elephant, buffalo and African wild dog. Other highlights include sable, soan antelope, hippo, nile crocodile, lion, leopard, kudu, zebra, impala, waterbuck, giraffe, wildebeest, African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Birdwatchers are spoilt for choice as they can experience an excellent array of birdlife.

Why Visit

  • Africa’s largest man-made dam.
  • The lake is studded with islands and flanked by mountains.
  • It’s Zambia’s undiscovered riveira.
  • Offers spectacular views, stunning sunset, great fishing, boating opportunities.

Climate

SUMMER (SEPTEMBER-APRIL)
Min 14°C/58°F Max 38°C/86°F

WINTER (MAY-AUGUST)
Min 5°C/41°F Max 20°C/68°F

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