Matusadona National Park
The Matusadona National Park consists of about 338,000 acres of unspoiled and unfenced splendour. Rugged mountains, springs and streams, Miomba woodlands and Mopane scrublands, pristine riverine vegetation, crystal clear lake water and grass flanked shoreline all combine to create a unique habitat for healthy populations of African mammals. Many of these animals owe their existence to Operation Noah, an historic animal rescue exercise launched soon after the completion of the dam wall and resultant flooding of that part of the Zambezi Valley.
Elephants, who have adapted to a semi aquatic lifestyle, frequent the shoreline as do numerous species of antelope, their feeding patterns governed by the ever-changing lake levels. Lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah occur in good numbers and a few, very endangered black rhino are present.
The birdlife is prolific with in excess of 350 species having been identified in the Park. Of particular interest are the many different species of water fowl seen on the shoreline or perched on one of the petrified and partially submerged trees that have become an iconic marker on the Lake Kariba vista. These stark trees, remnants of great hardwood forests, provide homes for bats and insects, vantage points and nesting sites for fish eagles, darters, cormorants and king fishers.
The ‘Matuzviadonha’ mountains surrounding the lake stretch along the lakeshore between the Sanyati and Ume rivers. ‘Matuzviadonha’ translates to ‘falling dung’ a name attributed to the elephant dung seen rolling down the slopes due to the sheer steepness of the escarpment. ‘Matuzviadonha’ has become Matusadona in translation.
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