Safaris in Zimbabwe offers wonderful game viewing in Hwange the largest national park in Zimbabwe or alternatively you ca go on safaris in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls and in the Matsudona National Park.
Time has stood still in many respects in Zimbabwe and the country offers a very authentic experience to visitors.
When you go on safaris in the Hwange National Park in ZImbabwe in the Matsudona National Park you can see black rhinos and wild lions. Matsudona National Park borders on the Kariba dam. Access to and within Matsudona National Park by road is poor which means the park remains extremely unspoilt. It is accessible by boat from Kariba Dam and from Bumi Hills a top resort in Zimbabwe.
According to WIkipedia, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where brown hyena and gemsbok occur in reasonable numbers where you can go on safaris..
Grazing herbivores are more common in the Main Camp Wild Area and Linkwasha Concession Area, with mixed feeders more common in the Robins and Sinamatella Wild Areas, which are more heavily wooded. Distribution fluctuates seasonally, with large herbivores concentrating in areas where intensive water pumping is maintained during the dry season.
The population of African Wild Dogs found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the larger surviving groups in Africa. Other major predators includelion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah
The elephant population in Hwange has increased to far above that naturally supported by such an area. This population of elephants has put a lot of strain on the resources of the park. There has been a lot of debate on how to deal with this, with parks authorities implementing culling to reduce populations, especially during 1967 to 1986. The elephant population doubled in the five years following the end of culling in 1986.
National Parks Scientific Services co-ordinates two major conservation and research projects in the park:
- National Leopard Project, which is surveying numbers of leopard in order to obtain base-line data for later comparative analysis with status of leopard in consumptive (hunting) areas and Communal Land bordering the National Park. This is carried out at Hwange in conjunction with the Wildlife Conservation and Research Unit of Oxford University and the Dete Animal Rescue Trust, a registered wildlife conservation Trust
- Painted Dog Project: The project aims to protect and increase the range and numbers of African Wild Dog both in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa, and operates through the Painted Dog Conservation organisation in Dete.