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Home to the Big Five, super herds of buffalo and elephant, endangered rhino and more lion than you can shake a stick, Matusadona National Park is quite special. This was the place of Operation Noah, a rescue mission for thousands upon thousands of animals trapped by the rising waters of Lake Kariba in the 1950s and since then, populations have flourished.

What’s even more spectacular however is the sunset. From 6 o clock every evening, watch as the lake shimmers in a hot kaleidoscopic of pinks and yellows, oranges and reds, framed by the looming Matuzviadonha Mountains and the inky black fingers of the drowned leadwood trees. Wow

Enjoy sundowners and wildlife on a boat cruise
Enjoy sundowners and wildlife on a boat cruise

Matusadona has plenty to boast about, from its wildlife to its picture-perfect landscapes, but Lake Kariba is the true star. The largest man-made lake in the world, it spans over 140 miles of the Zambezi Valley and, seated on a houseboat, it can even feel like you’re gazing out to sea.

As the wildlife begins to settle down for the night you’ll cruise onto the water with a G&T in hand. Watch the scene become enveloped by shades of scarlet and gold as the sun dips behind the Matusadona Mountains, followed by an evening of star gazing.

MV Matusadona
A luxurious & private houseboat experience

Famous for its overwhelming sunsets, wildlife viewing and tiger fishing, Lake Kariba is surrounded by the Matusadona National Park and a number of wildlife areas on the Zimbabwean side of the lake.

Cruising the shores of one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas, Matusadona is perfectly combined with a visit to the Victoria Falls and offers the ideal extension to a land based African safari or simply a timeless break from the rigors of “real life”.

Step on board, it is time to relax!

Lower Zambezi Fishing Safari
Try your luck catching a Tiger Fish

In the waters of Lake Kariba, the tiger fish is king and keen anglers flock here every year to try and tame the beast.

Set out onto the water, with an expert fisherman, to cast your line – be inspired by the African fish eagle who soar overhead before diving for their catch.

There are over 40 species of fish, but from September to December, the water’s warm enough to coax tiger fish to Lake Kariba. Most lodges on the shoreline include a fishing expedition in their itinerary.


Things To Do & Where To Stay In Matusadona

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