Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park is one of several protected wildlife areas with shorelines on Lake Kariba. Some 1370 km² in area, it is bounded on the west by the Ume river and on the east by the Sanyati River. Two-thirds of it lies south of the Zambezi Escarpment formed by the 600 m high Matusadona Hills from which it takes its name.

Matusadona boasts of a unique wilderness, together with water frontage of Lake Kariba. It is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhinoceros. It is commonly recognized as having the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa after Ngorongoro Crater.

Matusadona, now holds strong populations of most mammals occurring in the Zambezi Valley. Buffalo are especially prominent and herds of up to 1,000-strong often congregate along the shoreline in the dry season.

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