Nestled in southern Africa, Zimbabwe, a land of diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity, proudly hosts several remarkable national parks that showcase the country’s natural wonders. These breathtaking parks offer an immersive experience in nature’s untouched beauty and embody Zimbabwe’s commitment to preserving its stunning natural heritage.
Located in the northern region of Zimbabwe, on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, UNESCO World-Heritage listed Mana Pools National Park is a wildlife-rich, biodiverse paradise. The park is known for its wildlife visibility beside the river and in the flood plains, particularly as they recede in the drier months, as large animals come in search of water. Along with game drives and canoeing, the park is considered one of the best walking safari destinations in Africa. Visitors can look forward to witnessing large populations of elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.
Located in the northwest of the country, Hwange National Park is one of the world’s last great elephant sanctuaries and is the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Covering more than 14,600 square kilometres it contains 107 species of animals and more than 400 species of birds! Of these animal species, all Big Five are accounted for, including thousands of elephants and buffalo, lions are commonly seen, and you’ll have an excllent chance of spotting leopards and rhinos. The best place for animal sightings is at the Park’s waterholes, which is where many of the camps inside the park are located.
Only 35km from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, is Matobo National Park which is known for its unique rock formations and ancient “San” rock art. Located within the park, the Matopos Hills area boasts the highest concentration of rock art in the world and continues to be a strong focus for the local community. Along with historical attractions, the park is also known for its black and white rhino population, as well as the world’s densest population of leopards due to the abundance of Hyrax (small, furry mammal) which makes up 50% of their diet.
Matusadona National Park gets its name from the rolling Matusadona hills that form part of its water-rich landscape. Flanked by the world’s largest manmade lake – Lake Kariba – in the north, and two perennial rivers, the park invites game viewing by boat as well as land. Matusadona is home to the black rhino and has the second largest concentration of lion in Africa. Vistors will also have opportunity to witness vast and diverse birdlife, Nile crocodiles, leopard, buffalo, zebra, elephant, hippo, and a wide range of antelope.
Discover these spectacular parks and much, much more on our meticulously crafted, never to be repeated, 40th Anniversary Beautiful Africa Safari. Our first departure on the 9th April is now full, however, we are seeking adventurous, fun-loving travellers for a second departure on the 30th April. You will be accompanied by renowned local guides and experts providing unique insights into the culture, wildlife and history of this incredibly beautiful and welcoming nation.