Kazuma Pan National Park

Kazuma Pan National Park is an ornithologist's paradise with its large variety of water birds. Remote and unspoilt wilderness with some of Zimbabwe's most challenging game drives make Kazuma Pan a desirable area to visit.

About Kazuma Pan National Park

Situated in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe between Kazungula and Hwange National Park, and south-west of Victoria Falls, the Kazuma Pan National Park is 31 300 hectares in extent. The Park which is an extension of the Matetsi Safari Area was developed to be a refuge for the animals during the hunting season.

Flora and Fauna

Baboon Trees
The Baboon Trees are a unique feature of the Kazuma Pan National Park which attracts large volumes of animals. The area has natural water springs and large concentrations of animals. Sightings of up to 2000 buffalo have been reported in the area.

The area is virtually an undeveloped and unspoilt wilderness. Reminiscent in parts of the grass plains of East Africa, it is quite unlike any of the more familiar bush or woodlands.

The Park includes a series of pan depressions, some of which are continuously pumped from boreholes in the dry season. As a result, large concentrations of game seasonally migrate between Botswana and Zimbabwe, especially from September through to the first rains of November or December.

Species to be seen include: lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and reedbuck, whilst elephant and buffalo are present in large numbers when water is scarce. White rhino are also often seen.

A special species endemic to the Kazuma Depression is the oribi, a small antelope, not often seen in other parts of the country. Visitors may also occasionally see cheetah or wild dog while lions are fairly common.

The pan systems are also ideal habitat to a large variety of water birds, with a number of species including storks, crowned cranes, stilts, cormorants, ducks and kingfishers occurring throughout the area.

Seasons
Kazuma Pan National Park is closed to the public in January and February each year due to the wet conditions over this period that make the roads impassable.

Facilities

Camp Sites
There are two camp sites available in the park. Only two groups of visitors are allowed to camp in the Park at any one time. The camp sites each have bush toilets, braai points and water supplies. Each camp site can comfortably take 10 persons.

These sites are located in different habitats: Insiza, which overlooks the Kazuma Depression and Kasetsheti, near some natural springs.

Amenities
Visitors should note that Kazuma is an extremely remote area, and adequate provisions for fuel, food supplies and other basics should be provided for.

Attractions & Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Game drives

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