With Matusadona National Park as the first destination, week 1 of Expedition Zimbabwe got underway. Expedition members Graeme Sharp, Buck O’Donoghue and Joanne Craig are keeping Tracks4Africa updated as they go.
On 12 August, the team of Expedition Zimbabwe set off from Harare, with Matusadona as the first national park on their itinerary. The first leg to Gache Gache was essentially a transit day but ended with a soft landing at a lovely looking campsite. The sense of adventure kicked into higher gear as the expedition vehicles crossed Lake Kariba by ferry, bound for Matusadona.
Since 2019, African Parks has managed the park in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The organisation is keen to build self-drive, low impact tourism to this wild and remote park. On offer are both wilderness campsites (no facilities) and serviced campsites, with basic ablutions. At Tashinga, there are more comprehensive ablutions and overlanders can buy diesel.
The road to Gache Gache is in reasonably good condition. However, caution if towing a trailer, there are some very bad sections.
In Matusadona, the escarpment road to Tashinga calls for low range, compressors and axe and saws to clear the way. A distance of around 30km took 3 hours. Road from Maronga to Chifudze is in pretty good condition.
In Kariba, there are new shops catering to overlanding needs (generic vehicle spares, batteries, etc.).
Maronga causeway is a good spot to fill up with water and cool off in shallow pools.
Transit campsite at Chifudze is beautifully situated in a grove of mahogany trees. Useful overnight spot if travelling to Tashinga and find time is running out, also for overnighting between Chizarira and Mana Pools.
Bush walk along Nyamuni River
Hike to Fothergill’s plaque on escarpment at Sanyati West
Boating, game drives and walks on offer to self-drive visitors
More information from Tourism Manager Chris Chiparaushe: email@example.com
“Matusadona is arguably one of the most scenic parks in Africa thanks to the combination of water, mountains and wide, open vistas. This park is open, things are happening, and it needs to be your next self-drive destination! And stay for at least a week.”
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