5 SOLO TRIPS TO TAKE ACROSS ZIMBABWE NATIONAL PARKS BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS
2019 is almost over and if you still haven’t ticked some destinations off your bucket-list don’t waste anymore time.
We’ve put together 5 of the best solo trips to take across national parks in Zimbabwe just for you.
This list comprises smaller national parks in Zimbabwe, which are ideal for solo travel.
As with anything you do alone, the less crowded the destination – the more comfortable you will be.
It will even be easier to make new friends since you will probably stay at a small safari lodge too.
Small safari lodges are usually single traveller friendly.
Chimanimani National Park
Chimanimani National Park is situated along eastern Zimbabwe and borders Mozambique.
With its magnificent peaks, some even higher than 2400m, this wild and rugged landscape is paradise for anyone who loves hiking.
There are no tarred roads in Chimanimani National Park. This accentuates the unspoiled nature of the environment.
Though wildlife is not as abundant as in other national parks, you can expect to spot species such as elands, klipspringers, blue duikers and even the shy and reclusive leopard. Photo
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park is a small Zimbabwean park situated near Lake Kariba.
The park is one of the few places where Black Rhino, which isn’t so easy to spot in the wild, can be seen.
Matusadona is remarkably beautiful and its landscapes make it a great setting for avid photographers.
The name of the park comes from the Matuzviadonha Hills – the hilly area of the park which was named so by the local community members.
Matusadona is also home to the famous Big Five and a reported 240 species of birdlife.
Chizarira National Park
Chizarira National Park is the third largest in Zimbabwe.
Some believe it is also the most remote wilderness area in the country. Its name comes from Chijalila – a Batonka word – which means, “great barrier”.
The terrain here is rugged: jagged mountains deeply incised by gorges and ravines.
In between, in the valleys and the odd open plain, you’ll find lush vegetation fed by clear natural springs.
This has long made Chizarira National Park a great place to appreciate the tranquillity of the African bush Chizarira National Park is a good spot to locate the leopard – a shy creature which prefers rocky habitats.
Kazuma Pan National Park
The park is situated in the north-western corner of Zimbabwe between Kazungula (the border to Botswana), Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.
It was developed as a haven for the animals during the hunting season. Kazuma is home to the Oribi, a small antelope, which is not often seen in other parts of the country.
Painted or wild dogs and cheetah can also be seen in the park which is their preferred hunting ground.
Various bird species can also be seen especially after a good rainy season.
Zambezi National Park
This National Park is situated near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It was split off from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979 and is around 56,000 hectares.
The park is divided, by a road to Kazungula, into a riverine side and a Chamabonda Vlei side.
At the Zambezi National Park, you can find a wide variety of large mammals such as African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo and leopard. Besides these members of the Big Five, you can also expect to see sable antelopes, eland, common zebra, Southern giraffe, waterbuck and impala.
Benefits Of Travelling Alone
One of the biggest joys of solo travel is that you get to do what you want when you want.
You can connect with people if you wish or avoid them completely if you want to be alone.
When you travel alone, you travel on your terms.
Solo travel is relatively smooth in a country like ours because Zimbabweans are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you will ever meet.
Therefore, travelling solo means that you’ll probably end up meeting and connecting with more locals than you would if you travelled in a group.