This is a small rustic safari camp set in a remote area within the Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba. The camp is unfenced and the wildlife roams freely on its established game trails – guests are encouraged to relax and feel at home in the bush – with simplicity and classic hospitality, focussing on living in harmony with the environment and utilising silent energy alternatives as much as possible to create a peaceful environment to experience the sounds, sights and smells of nature.

The remote nature of the park, its impressive natural boundaries and plentiful year round water supply have made the Matusadona National Park an ideal Intensive Protection Zone for the endangered Black Rhino. Conservation efforts have ensured that a small but strong population of them exists here in the wild. Some were in the area already, some were relocated as part of the Intensive Protection project, and others are here as a result of a captive breeding programme.

As well as Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Elephant populations are also healthy in the area.

Our Rating:  3 Hand Rating

Location: The camp is in the Matusadona National Park on Rhino Island (known locally as Elephant Point), on the shores of Lake Kariba. Guests are transferred to Rhino Safari Camp by speedboat from either Kariba (90 minutes) or Bumi Hills airstrip (30 minutes). Both can be reached with flights from Harare, Mana Pools or Victoria Falls.

Number Rooms: 7 rustic A-Frame chalets raised on stilts

Room Features: Simple rooms with twin beds that have a good view of the lake, a couple of comfortable chairs, a small wardrobe, mosquito nets, and a dressing table. The next level down there is a bathroom with a flush toilet, an open-air shower and a stone washbasin

Power Source: Solar power, no electricity, but paraffin lanterns are provided at night

Other Camp Features: There is a communal main area for dining and relaxation which is spacious and has a great view of the lake.

Activities: 4WD game drives; cruises down the lake for game-viewing, birdwatching and fishing; and walking safaris. It’s very common to combine two of these into one activity, particularly the driving and walking.

Child Policy: No children under 12 years old

Season: Open all year