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Matusadona National Park
There are two basic 9-bed brick under thatch rondavel-style “lodges” at Tashinga, the headquarters of the Matusadona National Park. The lodges overlook the Ume River estuary and consist of two sleeping rondavels housing a bathroom and two bedrooms on either side of a central kitchen/living rondavel with a spacious verandah. There is a beautiful, shady and spacious lakeside campsite at Tashinga on the lake shore with an ablution block with hot and cold water, showers, toilets, wash basins and baths. Firewood and braai facilities are available and some of the camping sites have sleeping shelters.
The lodges are unfenced and wildlife can approach at any time. Access is possible by 4x4 through the Matusadona National Park, but the roads are bad and should only be attempted by very intrepid adventurers and plan for a minimum two-night stay to make the long and challenging journey in and out worthwhile. Speedboat charters to Tashinga are available from Kariba town.
A smaller camping site at Sanyati consists of six sites, each with a braai stand. There is an ablution block with hot and cold water and laundry trough.
Changachirere has an exclusive camping site that caters for one party of a maximum of 10 persons; there is a mini-ablution block and shelter.
Undeveloped Bush Camps at Jenje and Kanjedza
These undeveloped bush camping sites can accommodate a maximum of 10 persons per camp but visitors must be fully-equipped with 4WD.
Ume Exclusive Campsite
This is situated close to Tashinga airstrip on the east bank of the Bumi River, 55 Kilometres from Kariba by boat.
Mbalabala Exclusive Campsites
Also on the Bumi River, 300 metres upstream of Ume Camp.
Muuyu Exclusive Campsite
This is situated at Elephant Point, 44 Kilometres from Kariba by boat.
Camp Facilities - Visitors by boat should note the nearest source of supplies and provisions are found in Kariba town and they need to ensure they are self-sufficient in everything before leaving on a trip. Petrol, diesel and oil are sometimes available at Bumi Harbour, but supplies cannot be guaranteed. Visitors by road should stock up at Karoi.