Zimbabwe : Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park is on the southern edge of Lake Kariba, one of the world’s largest manmade lake. With prolific numbers of game thanks to the large water source it is an excellent area to see animals either by vehicle, foot or canoe or boat. With stunning scenery of the lake and the Matusadona Mountains as a backdrop it is the perfect place to watch large herds of elephants drinking as you enjoy a sundowner and perfect for photographic opportunities. With healthy populations of elephants, hippos, crocodiles and both black and white rhinos as well as the largest lion population in Zimbabwe and exceptional birdlife dire to the diverse habitat.
Musango Safari Camp is an exclusive and adventurous camp hidden on an island in Lake Kariba. Run by Steve Edwards a well-known Zimbabwean guide who runs the camp with his wife Wendy. With just eight tented chalets each dotted among the dense bush for privacy. The lodge is split onto two levels where you can enjoy alfresco breakfasts looking over the lake or cosy up in the deckchairs in the lounge enjoying a book from the library. There is also a swimming pool where you can relax in the heat of the day watching the animals meandering through camp. The camp was heavily involved in the re-introduction of black rhino in the national park and offers the opportunity to track these majestic prehistoric looking animals on foot. You can also enjoy game drives, bush walks, take boating safaris or fish for tiger fish, bream and perch or visit a local dinosaur fossil sight, Steve is a keen palaeontologist and also has a small fossil collection in camp.
Set in its own private concession Changa Camp is luxurious and exclusive. Just 5km off Lake Kariba's shoreline and its own private beach you can enjoy views of the famous dead trees dotting out the water covered in perching birds and the resident hippos and crocodiles lurking in the water. If you do wish to swim the camp has an elevated plunge pool with views across the water. Set slightly back from the water there are eight large canvas tented chalets dotted along the shoreline with large mesh windows for panoramic views and a private wooden deck with a hammock, where you can relax listening to the lapping water and visiting birds. The tents all have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers as well as a large outdoor bath. The lodge is designed to fit in with its surroundings made from local wood with a large fire pit where you can enjoy drinks round the fire and a swimming pool to cool off in during the heat of the day.
Bumi Hills is a lovely lodge perched on top of a hill with breath taking views over the Zambezi Escarpment and Lake Kariba. With just 20 rooms each with an en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower and verandas overlooking the lake. The lodge itself has a lounge with comfortable chairs to settle down in and a fire place for chillier nights, a snooker room with a terrace bar, a small library and a large dining room with a deck overlooking the game rich shores of the lake where you can enjoy sumptuous alfresco meals. To escape the heat of the day you can relax in the large infinity swimming pool or at the lodge's spa with a steam room, Jacuzzi and massage rooms with a small plunge pool. With a variety of strategically placed decks and hides you can watch all the animals and birds visiting the grounds and lake whist relaxing and enjoying the views of this charming lodge.