Chizarira National Park

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Chizarira National Park Overview

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.

For Central reservations:

Telephone Details

WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164

Calls: +263 242 706077/8 or  +263 8677 707627

Email Details

bookings@zimparks.org.zw

or

Click Reservations

 

Featured Attraction

Mucheni View, which is characterised by a fabulous slope, decorated by eye-catching perennial trees, amazingly knitted in a hap hazard fashion and very enticing to watch.

Mucheni Gorge– A perfectly sculptured incredible feature, it is only at this place in Africa, if not the world where one would see the back of an Eagle.

Accommodation

Accommodation Facilities

There are a lot of undeveloped camp sites in the park which include;

  • Mucheni View – Located on the edge of the Zambezi Escarpment with spectacular views of the Zambezi Valley floor and cool breezes. There is a thatched shelter, a long drop toilet and braai stand, water is available from the Park headquarters 4 km away.
  • Mucheni Gorge – Situated on the edge of a gorge, there is a thatched shelter, a long drop toilet and braai stand, water is available from the Parks headquarters 3.5 km away.
  • Kaswiswi 1 – Situated on the upper reaches of the Rwizilukulu River, 6 KM from the Park headquarters, the camp is equipped with an ablution block, braai stand and raised pole and thatch bedrooms called “Ngazi” styled after the traditional shelters of the local Tonga tribe.
  • Kaswiswi 2 – About 500 metres from Kaswiswi I, on the confluence of the Kaswiswi and Rwizilukulu Rivers. Equipped with a campsite and braai stand, water is obtained from the nearby natural spring. An excellent camp for birders, 4×4 vehicles are necessary for access.
  • Maboola – Equipped with an ablution block and braai stand and situated on the banks of the Mucheni River, below the Manzituba Spring.
  • Busi – Situated 40 KM from the Park headquarters on the scenic Busi River and is home to large herds of buffalo and elephant and lions. Access to this camp requires 4×4 and high clearance vehicles, close by are flood plains with Acacia albida trees.

Two more undeveloped camp sites will be available very soon which are Mubombo Mountain View which is the remote and gorgeous site where one will be viewing the cliffs from another pleasant and amusing angle, and The Lake View where one will be watching the golden orb of the sun, slipping behind the mountains into the velvet black pocket of the night. The rays of, the blended by the lake view, will be looking like a pair of scissors cutting the blanket of the dusk sky.

Park Fees

Conservation Fees

Daily Conservation Fees

(Day Visitors – Locals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – Locals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Day Visitors – SADC)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – SADC)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Day  Visitors – Internationals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – Internationals)

ZWL$ ZWL$ US$ US$ US$ US$
23.00 11.00 8.00 3.00 10.00 4.00

 

Accommodation Fees

  Non – Residents (US$) Locals (ZW$/RTGs)
Bush Camp /site 25.00 200.00

 

Tour Operator Fees                                     

Fees for Tour Operators Annual Game Drive Permits

 
Tour operator’s Game Drive permit
Local Operators Charge/Annum (US$)
Chizarira 200.00
   

Fees for Tour Operators Annual Walking Permit

Resident Tour Operator
Chizarira $500.00

Amenities

The nearest fuel and supplies are obtained at Binga on Lake Kariba, approximately 90 km away

How to get there

From Victoria Falls take the Bulawayo Road and turn left towards Kamativi at Cross Dete, into Binga Road and turn right along the Siabuwa road at the 133 kilometre peg and Follow this dirt road and turn right at the 47 kilometre peg where there is a sign “Chizarira National Park”.

From Harare drive to Kwekwe, then Gokwe to Binga tarred road for 120 km until you see a Binga sign post to the left. Follow the dust road towards Binga via Siabuwa Business Centre until you see a sign indicating “Chizarira National Park” at the 47 kilometre peg

From Bulawayo, along the Victoria Falls road, turn off at Gwayi River on the Lubumbi road at the 246 kilometre peg. Follow the road for 96 kilometres towards Lusulu and turn left at the sign post written “Chizarira National Park” the Park headquarters is 70 kilometres beyond this sign.

*Visitors may also charter light aircraft and land at the airstrip near the Park headquarters. Prior arrangements must be made for this option.

Touring Activites

  • Guided Walks – our well trained and better armed guides will take you to every corner of the immaculate park.
  • Lion tracking – this activity is not for the faint hearted as you can amazingly find yourself surrounded by edacious lions with ravenous appetite.
  • Wilderness Trails – the park has one of the best trails to follow and our well trained and fully equipped guides will lead you through the flawlessly primed trails. Very pleasurable for the wondering wanderers and well spiced activity.
  • Gorge Walks – this activity is extremely favoured by those who love bird watching. The untamed park has a dazzling and startling gorge that extends for more than 5 kilometres. A lot of birds are found in the gorge including the Angola Pitta an uncommon summer visitor and resident.
  • Mountain hiking – Chizarira is home to many splendid mountains scattered all over the park which includes Tundazi the slumbering giant. For those who are physically fit this is one of the most interesting activity.
  • Researching – the park is avidly blessed for it genuinely host a lot of birds, miombo mixed vegetation type, a variety of animals and, potential research opportunities which includes: animal/vegetation studies, Land use/land cover changes Fire regime dynamics e.t.c. A research permit can be issued to those interested in carrying out researches.
  • Self-Game drives
  • Lake Kariba sun set viewing.

What to take with you

You need to have your full camping equipment, food supplies, gas stove or you can use firewood and water though there is river water. At Mucheni View and Mucheni Gorge running water is available.

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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.