A choice of three options to track the Big Five on foot for the adventure seeking traveller. Tented Safaris, Lion Trails and Wilderness Trails.

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MATUSADONA  -   ZIMBABWE
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A wild, virtually untouched wilderness, Matusadona National Park covers an area of 1407 square kilometers along the southern shore of Lake Kariba. Apart from Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and a variety of Antelope and Bird species, Matusadona is said to have the largest concentration of Lion in Africa, after the Ngorongoro crater, and is home to the rare Black Rhino.
With its diversity of terrain, flora and fauna, Matusadona is one of the finest wilderness regions in which to undertake a walking safari.
Wildlife Africa offers the choice of three walking safari options.
TENTED SAFARIS  - LION TRAILS   -  WILDERNESS TRAILS
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Walking Safaris in Matusadona - Tented Safaris TENTED SAFARIS
Our Tented Safaris in Matusadona give our guests a taste of a classic safari experience. The camps remain stationary for the duration of the safari and are set, as often as possible, in exclusive camp sites in the Park.
The large "A" frame tents have a couple of beds, bedside tables and accessories. They have a large verandah with chairs to sit on in the shade and admire the view of Africa at its best. Each tent has its own flush loo, a bucket shower and a basin. Laundry is done in the camp, and laundry baskets are provided.
The dining room is "al fresco" often under a shady tree during the day, and under a canopy of stars, around a camp fire and a full bar, in the evening. The cuisine is of a very high standard and served by our very friendly and helpful camp staff.
Our activities are walking, driving and boat cruises and they vary according to our guests preference. All safaris are led by an armed qualified professional guide.
The daily routine is up at dawn for a hot cup of coffee/tea and biscuits followed by 1 2/3 hour walk tracking wildlife. Back at Camp around 9.00 for a full English breakfast. We then go for a game drive along the shoreline returning to camp about 13.00 for lunch.
We depart about 14.30 for a boat cruise combined with a walk and back to camp around 18.30 for a hot shower and cold drinks followed by a four course diner under the stars.
PRICE:  US $ 264-00 per person sharing per night, fully inclusive. SINGLE US $ 319-00.
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LION TRAILS:
Lion Trails are designed to give the maximum possibility of finding the "Big Cats".
Each night is spent camping in one of the many bays or inlets that so characterize the shoreline of the Park. Once the group has left to go tracking in the morning, a staff of three pack up the camp and move it by boat to a predetermined location. The group then arrives in the evening to a set up camp, cold drinks and a hot shower.
All safaris are led by armed, qualified professional guides
Although finding Lions will obviously be the highlight of these trails, there will be plenty of exciting encounters with Elephant, Buffalo, numerous antelope species and possibly the elusive Black Rhino or Leopard. These trails are led by an armed professional guide.
The fly camps are comfortable, the tents being medium sized dome tents with mattresses and duvets. There is a wash basin outside each tent for convenience. The shower is of the bucket variety with a shower rose which is filled with hot water before each guest uses it. There is a box toilet but no flush loos. The dining is set under the stars with table and chairs and is well catered by three helpful staff providing good wholesome meals.
Drinks around the fire are provided, but, if you have special requirements please advise on time of booking.
Daily Routine:
Up at dawn for a hot cup of tea/coffee and cereals. Leave camp to search the shoreline for lion. Have a brunch at about 10.30, and find a secluded spot to rest during the heat of the day. Resume the search for Lion around 15.00 arriving at camp at sunset for drinks, hot shower and diner.
The distances covered are not long but one should be relatively fit to deal with the heat and camping out.
PRICE:  US $ 231-00 per person per night, fully inclusive.
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Wilderness Trails WILDERNESS TRAILS:
These trails lead the intrepid explorer deep into the heartland of Matusadona National Park. Here we carry all our equipment needed for our few days in the wilderness. These safaris ensure lots of excitement as for four days we follow Elephant trails into the rugged Matusadona hills. Good game sightings are guaranteed on a daily basis with
such animals as Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard and antelope species such as Sable and Eland all roaming the interior.
As much as any fool can be uncomfortable in the bush and we have no wish to be fools, we do limit ourselves as what we take with us on these safaris. Obviously everything is going to be carried with us. Our more than capable staff carry the bulk of the equipment, but each guest will have a backpack with a sleeping bag, set of cutlery and crockery, limited goods and their own equipment. Small tents are brought along (carried by staff), but we often spend the nights under the stars by the side of some remote spring.
Camp is normally struck by lunch time so that we can enjoy walking the area without hindrance of backpacks in the afternoon. Being by springs, does give the opportunity to swim as well.
Guests should be reasonably fit for these trails only because of the hill walking.
PRICE:  US $ 176-00 per person per night, fully inclusive.
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