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What Southern Africa’s Drought Means for a Lake Kariba Safari

While Zimbabwe may have had a particularly low rainfall this year, the current dry season at Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park has created excellent wildlife-watching opportunities.

binosChecking for signs of animal and bird life in Matusadona National Park © Musango Safari Camp

When the Zambezi River was dammed at Kariba Gorge, Lake Kariba was formed and soon became a popular holiday destination for big game seekers, birdwatchers and watersport enthusiasts alike. Currently, due to poor rainfall across Southern Africa earlier this year, water levels at Lake Kariba are diminishing and consequently it is not the ideal time for visitors looking for a water-based adventure in Africa.

Musango_EleBoat_Classics_June2019Curiosity got the better of this elephant on Lake Kariba © Musango Safari Camp

On the flipside, Musango Safari Camp owners, Wendy and Steve Edwards, and their guests are enjoying fantastic wildlife sightings around Lake Kariba and in Matusadona National Park at the moment. In particular, the resident bushbucks have been making appearances almost every day. There is a new addition to the bushbuck family that makes everyone at camp let out a starry-eyed ‘awww’ every time they see the sweet little calf.

Musango_DuikerCollage_WendyEdwards_June2019The resident bushbucks that guests see regularly at Musango Safari Camp © Wendy Edwards

The dry winter season is considered to be the ultimate period to go on a safari anywhere in Africa, and Zimbabwe is no different. This is due to large numbers of wildlife gathering around the limited water sources and the thinning vegetation making animals and birds easier to see as their usual sheltered spots become exposed.

For further information about what the current drought in Southern Africa means for your dry season safari in Zimbabwe, contact Musango Safari Camp.

Contact Musango Safari Camp
+263 772307875, +263 777664299

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