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national park is at the heart of a very important conservation area which also includes Mana Pools National Park
across the river in Zimbabwe and several substantial game management areas.
It covers an impressive 4750 square kilometres and contains some magnificent scenery, centred on the mighty Zambezi River, whose meandering waters are responsible for depositing the unusually rich soils that line the river, creating broad grassy floodplains and impressive stands of open mahogany and ebony forests.
The area contains excellent densities of wildlife, notably elephants, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, hippos and crocodiles. There are also good chances for interaction with wild-dogs.
From a safari perspective, the most outstanding aspect of this area is the very wide range of activities on offer, including vehicle safari, night vehicle safari, walking safari, motorboat safari and canoe safari. Viewing elephants, hippos, crocodiles and other animals from the water is a particular highlight.
The national park itself is home a handful of exceptionally good safari camps, whilst the Game Management Area to the west contains a much larger number of lodges offering a wider range of quality and price.
The area is also greatly advantaged by the fact that most of the camps here are privately owned and operated. It is one of those places where you actually get to meet the people involved, benefit from their experience and share their passion.
The main potential downsides are the fact that the area is relatively little known, that prices inside the reserve itself are unavoidably high and that the camps here are only able to operate over a relatively short season.UpsidesDownsidesSeasonsAccommodationTrips