WildSpot Sightings

Red-billed hornbill seen in Manyeleti Game ReserveWarthog seen in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park
Lion seen in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Rhino seen in Addo National Park
Hippo seen at Lake St Lucia
Waterbuck seen in the Okavango Delta

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe - despite its current political and economic tensions - still offers superb wildlife experiences in some of the finest reserves of Africa, from the water wilderness of Matusadona and Mana Pools to Hwange and the remote splendour of Gona-Re-Zhou. The crowning glory of Zimbabwe's natural beauty is the mighty Victoria Falls plunging down the Zambezi.

When agriculture began encroaching on wildlife habitat in the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe in the 1960's , the government decided to set aside a large chunk of land which would also act as an anti-poaching control corridor between neighbouring Mozambique.

These sub-tropical thorn and sand flats on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, were once home to the nomadic San (bushmen) who lived off the land and feasted on great herds of migrating game. They were displaced by stronger African tribes, who in turn had their day. Chief Hwange of the Rozi tribe was ousted by the Matabele chief Mzilikazi, and his lands taken over as a royal hunting ground. In the nineteenth century the white man came and promptly set about claiming land and shooting the remaining game.

Lake Kariba is like an inland sea in a landlocked country. It was created by damming the mighty Zambezi and Nyaminyami - the River God - was most displeased at the harnessing of his powers. Legend has it that Nyaminyami was responsible for the devastating once-in-a-thousand-year flood in 1958, during the building of the massive Kariba dam. Many workers lost their lives but more than 45 years on, the new eco-system provides life in many forms and gives villagers and their livestock constant access to water.

Malilangwe meaning “Call of the Leopard”, is a 100,000 acre private reserve containing Africa’s great “Five” (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). It is a non-profit trust taking great care to include the local communities in its running and development. It is a source of livelihood for all the people who live in the region, who also benefit from improved healthcare and education.

There is no greater thrill to be had on a Zimbabwe safari, that in Mana Pools National Park - the wild child of the Zambezi River! This portion of the Zambezi Valley is a true wilderness area with one of the highest dry-season concentrations of animals in Zimbabwe.


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