Hwange National Park is the country’s largest wildlife reserve and a popular big game area due to its variety of habitat and social waterholes. Here you find the big cats, such as lion, leopard and cheetah living amongst the smaller ones, serval and civet. Varying concentrations of zebra, giraffe, antelope, kudu, impala and hippo live amongst packs of wild dog and hyena. The world’s largest population of elephant resides in Zimbabwe and the largest herds in Hwange!
Matusadona National Park is a real wilderness highlight, with vast lush plains spread throughout its 1,400 square kilometre area and the spectacular Matuzviadonha Hills (meaning ‘falling dung’) puncturing the skyline. This relatively undiscovered park is superb for wildlife viewing, with a choice of driving or walking safaris and even travel via canoe or houseboat down Lake Kariba. As well as the Big Five, the smaller critters, such as scrub hare, vervet monkey and bush squirrels are abundant and you could also spot leopard, cheetah or bushbuck.
Matusadona is said to have the highest concentration of wild lions in the whole of Africa and is also one of the last remaining sanctuaries for endangered black rhinos.