The Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority operates under an Act of Parliament, the Parks and Wildlife Act of 1975.

The Authority manages one of the largest estates in the country, about 5 million hectares of land or 13% of Zimbabwe’s total land area. It should be noted that most of the Parks are located in Ecological Regions Four and Five or rugged mountainous areas which would not have much economic alternative use.

The Authority has a mandate to manage the entire wildlife population of Zimbabwe, whether on private or communal lands. Private landowners can utilize the wildlife on their land but are still accountable to the Authority for the welfare of the animals.
Mandated with the protection, management and administration of the wildlife of Zimbabwe, the Authority has had a proud history of sound management that endeavors to preserve the unique flora and fauna heritage of Zimbabwe.

National Parks

These are areas managed and run by the Authority and provide visitors with leisure and accommodation facilities such as lodges, chalets, cottages, caravan sites, camping sites and picnic areas. No hunting is allowed in the National Parks as the Authority endeavors to preserve the pristine and original nature of these areas. Zimbabwe has eleven National Parks, each of which offers vastly contrasting and fulfilling wilderness experiences. The Parks are located around the country and the visitor can look forward to a wide variety of scenic, cultural and wildlife activities.

Chimanimani National Park
Chizarira National Park
Gonarezhou National Park
Hwange National Park
Kazuma Pan National Park
Mana Pools National Park
Matusadona National Park
Matobo National Park
Nyanga National Park
Victoria Falls National Park
Zambezi National Park

Recreational Parks

Recreational Parks are always located and centred on and around national lakes, dams or water bodies. The Authority is mandated with the managing of the country’s aquatic life, flora and fauna within the parks as well as to monitor the impact of recreational activities on the environment.

Chinhoyi Caves Recreational Park
Lake Chivero Recreational Park
Darwendale Recreational Park
Lake Kariba Recreational Park
Lake Kyle Recreational Park
Osborne Dam Recreational Park
Ngezi Recreational Park
Sebakwe Recreational Park
Umzingwane Recreational Park
Boulton Atlantica Centre

Safari Areas

Controlled hunting is permitted in some areas of the Parks and Wildlife Estate. Hunting is controlled through a comprehensive quota system that allows for sustainable and non-destructive hunting. These areas are separate from Recreational Parks, National Parks and Sanctuaries, thereby reducing conflicting resource usage.

Tuli Safari Area
Matetsi Safari Area
Chete Safari Area
Chirisa Safari Area

Botanical Gardens & Reserves

Botanic Gardens are areas where indigenous and exotic plant species are protected and propagated.

Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve
Ewanrigg Botanical Garden
Vumba Botanical Garden & Reserve
Haron/Rusitu Botanical Garden


Sanctuaries are areas that act as reservoirs of animal species that are threatened with extinction therefore require safe breeding habitats.

Mushandike Sanctuary
Tshabalala Sanctuary
Eland Sanctuary

A special well constructed to reality garden located at the Zimparks Corporate Centre (Head office). The garden also houses a mini game park and a unique not to miss water feature and a beautiful water fall.

Zimparks gardens is open for all kind of events

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.