Explore the rarely visited and enchanting Kazuma National Park in Zimbabwe, a pristine sanctuary spanning only 313 sq km. Nestled between Hwange NP and NP Zambezi on the Botswanan border, this hidden gem defies common guidebook depictions, revealing a wealth of natural wonders waiting to be discovered.
Traditionally portrayed as lacking camping facilities, save for a few primitive campsites, and characterized by a supposedly very complicated approach through unpaved sandy roads, Kazuma National Park challenges these preconceptions. Established in 1975, its territory serves as a haven for wildlife amidst the sea of surrounding hunting areas, marking a visionary transformation from a game reserve to a national park—a truly commendable idea. As a small yet integral part of the expansive Trans frontier Conservation Area Kavango Zambezi, Kazuma plays a vital role in the broader conservation landscape.
In September 2023, our safari unfolded with ease as we navigated the park’s diverse terrain in a reliable 4×4 vehicle. Despite initial warnings, the approach proved to be surprisingly uncomplicated. Passing through the border station Pandamatenga, the gate swung open, granting us access to a well-maintained road that led us approximately 40 km into the heart of NP Kazuma.
Before reaching the park’s boundary, a visit to a new waterhole treated us to a captivating spectacle of Lapped-faced Vultures in flight. Our journey continued to the Kazuma Pan, where we stumbled upon a remarkably large waterhole, attracting a diverse array of wildlife from the surrounding dry landscape. Adjacent to the waterhole stands a brand-new watching tower, offering a unique vantage point. During a 40-minute wait, we marvelled at dozens of elephants leisurely leaving the area.
Stepping through the door of the hide, we were pleasantly surprised. The lower level boasted amenities such as a flush toilet, shower, and kitchenette, providing comfort in the heart of nature. The upper level, dedicated to wildlife observation, surpassed our expectations with four beds for those seeking an immersive experience.
The visitor log showcases the park’s rich biodiversity, featuring elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and various antelope species. Our observations included a captivating display of elephants in the late afternoon, zebras, and a variety of antelope species, including roan, common eland, common tsessebe, bohor reedbuck, wildebeest, and kudu. To our delight, seven hippos made a surprising appearance, adding an extra layer of fascination to this often-overlooked paradise.
Join us in supporting the conservation efforts at Kazuma National Park, where every visit contributes to the preservation of this unique and thriving ecosystem within the vast Trans frontier Conservation Area Kavango Zambezi. Embark on a journey of discovery and redefine your perception of this hidden treasure.
Pictures from Kazuma Pan NP