Measuring approximately 2000 km2, sublimely lies on the Zambezi escarpment, bursting with an enormous variety of flora and fauna, Chizarira National Park is one of the most rugged, untamed and pristine national park in Zimbabwe. Whether it is very rough terrain, magnificent rivers, thick impenetrable bushes, open scenic plains or wonderful forests Chizarira has it all.
Arguably Zimbabwe’s third largest National Park and indisputably the most remote wilderness area, Chizarira national park derives its name from the Batonga word “Chijalila” which means “The Great Barrier”, an orientation of phenomenal mountains and copious hills that form a fabulous portion of the Zambezi Escarpment. The terrain in the park is craggy, punctuated with ragged mountains, intensely incised by gorgeous gorges and awesome gulches. In the intensely impenetrable valleys, sandwiched by the unique open plain rests the lush vegetation comfortably suckled by vibrant natural springs. This has made the park an amazing place to appreciate nature.
Chizarira National Park is home to four of the most sought after big five, which are: the Leopard, the African Elephant, the Buffalo and the king of the jungle, the Lion. Also found in the National Park is the Kudu, Waterbuck, Eland, Common Duiker, Nyala, Hyena, Impala, Antelopes, Wildebeest, and many other lovely small plains games. In addition, there is a five kilometre long astonishing gorge, which is home to many variety of birds which includes many types of Eagles – the Taita Falcom and the infrequent Angolan Pitta, the rare summer visitor.