Northern Zimbabwe


Follow the Zambezi downstream


Most travellers to Zimbabwe will pay a visit to the ever-popular Victoria Falls, and then call it a day. Which is a pity, because if they’d gone down the Zambezi River—the very waterway that feeds Victoria Falls—they would have come upon two of northern Zimbabwe’s great aquatic attractions: Lake Kariba and Mana Pools National Park.

Spanning an impressive 5,580km², Lake Kariba holds the title of the world’s largest man-made lake. Brimming with tigerfish, this lake has become a popular destination for game-fishing. Matusadona National Park, which skirts its grassy shores, is home to the Big 5—including the endangered black rhino—and is a paradise for birdwatchers. If you continue following the Zambezi downstream, you’ll reach Mana Pools National Park—a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site—where the mighty river has carved out four massive oxbow pools over thousands of years.

Both Matusadona and Mana Pools guarantee top-notch game-viewing experiences. Nile crocodiles and hippos lurk in the waters, while the buffalo, sable antelope, waterbuck, impala, elephants, warthog, and more roam the plains. Matusadona, especially, has the second highest concentration of wild lions on the entire continent!

 

Highlights

  • The Zambezi—the fourth longest river in Africa—runs through northern Zimbabwe
  • Home to Lake Kariba which, at an impressive 5,580km², is considered the largest man-made lake in the world
  • Matusadona National Park has the second highest concentration of wild lion on the entire continent
  • Mana Pools National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the four iconic oxbow pools which have been carved out by the Zambezi’s changing course over a period of thousands of years

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