Chizarira and Victoria Falls Private Game Reserves

Gennet. Nigel Dennis
Above: Genets are not fussy eaters. They will eat anything from insects to small mammals, birds and fish - there is even a record from South Africa of a genet attacking a baby bushbuck.
Photo: Nigel Dennis

Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

The 66ha (163 acre) Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is just outside Victoria Falls town on the road to the airport. The reserve is on the edge of the basalt and Kalahari sands systems in mopane-dominated woodlands mixed with open savanna.

The reserve holds lion, elephant, buffalo and the larger antelope. It is also the base from which the company offers its lion and elephant encounters .

The reserve offers guided day and night drives but does not allow self-drive. A recommended experience is the night drive, which gives you a chance to see the smaller predators, like civet and genet, which are not often seen by day. The evening ends with a spectacular bush dinner under the stars.

Chizarira

Above: Animals have right of way on the roads around Victoria Falls
Photo: Dave Holt-Biddle

Chizarira is an isolated reserve on the Zambezi escarpment between Victoria Falls and Kariba, which is accessible only by 4x4.
Its speciality is the walking safari, as there is a poorly developed road network. It is ideal for the wildlife enthusiast who wants to get away from the more commercial lodges. Leopard's View Lodge is the main camp in the park. It's a breathtakingly beautiful campo and you might want to spensd a few days there.

Kazuma Pan National Park

But if it's some African peace and quiet you're after, the remote Kaszuma Pan National Park on the western border with Botswana is little-known and less developed. This remote region resembles the open savannah of East Africa both in appearance and in the mass migrations of game that take place during the dry season from September to November.

Two basic National Park camp-sites provide the only accommodation and visitor access is strictly controlled. There's a very good chance you'll have the buffaloes, lions, cheetahs and elephants all to yourself. Backpacking tours of the big five in this savannah wilderness can be arranged.

Brett Hilton-Barber and Lee R. Berger. Copyright 2010 Prime Origins & Laurianne Claase


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