Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Musango Camp is a small owner-run safari camp on the shoreline of Zimbabwe's Lake Kariba on the border of Matusadona National Park. Musango offers guests a wealth of activities including excellent game-viewing and world class tiger fishing.
At a Glance
World class tiger fishing from camp
Steve Edwards has a real passion for this place, his enthusiasm is infectious
Great game viewing, on foot, by boat and from vehicles
A small owner-run camp in an iconic location
A wealth of varied activities on offer
The owners Steve and Wendy also manage the camp and make you feel instantly at home the moment you arrive
Feeding an habituated pair of fish eagles meant I was able to take some incredible photos as they swooped inLouisa Ross-Taylor
The famously hard-fighting Tiger Fish is found in abundance in Lake KaribaLouisa Ross-Taylor
Take a rod out with you on the sunset cruise for a chance to catch some fish for supper!Sophie Levey
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Musango Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park
Steve Edwards spent 18 years working for the Department of National Parks, three of which as Warden of Matusadona National Park. Following his retirement in 1990, he followed his dream by building Musango Camp.
This 16-bed camp is easily accessible, just a short flight from Victoria Falls, and offers an exclusive and unique safari experience in a iconic big game area of Zimbabwe.
With the combination of Matusadona National Park and Lake Kariba, visitors to Musango Camp are spoiled for choice with the activities on offer: walking safaris, game drives, tiger-fishing and canoeing are just some of the options. Bird watching is also fantastic here and there are a couple of fish eagles that are habituated to humans and will fly right down to your boat enabling keen photographers to get some really incredible shots. You can also even go sailing here and head out on the lake in a catamaran, although ideally this must be arranged prior to your visit.
Steve and Wendy are also heavily involved in the local community and have contributed a huge amount to the local fishing village. Tours of the village are offered where you get shown around by the village secretary who explains their way of life to you and introduces you to the villagers. You'll also get the chance to visit the school where the children love to do sing-song to show off how fantastic their English is.
There are nine large safari tents, each with an en-suite bathroom built of natural stone. The tents are set in thick forest and enjoy eastern views over the lake to catch the rising sun. Two larger honeymoon suites benefit from private plunge pools. One honeymoon suite is built of natural stone with a thatched roof, and has a private verandah and plunge pool.
Luxurious safari tent with en-suite bathroom.
Two honeymoon suites with private plunge pools.
Musango accepts children of all ages, some of the rooms are large enough for extra beds for younger children to share with their parents.
The spacious, double-height main area provides plenty of shady spots in which to relax during the heat of the day. There is a good size swimming pool in front of camp.
Meals at Musango are freshly prepared by the chef and meal times are a communal affair. Where possible guests eat together outside in the evenings.
Steve conducts fantastic safaris in Matusadona National Park. Both on foot and by game-drive vehicle, this is a fantastic area to explore and witness some great wildlife sightings. A particularly special experience here is to track black rhino in the national park on foot. Musango was actively involved with the reintroduction of this critically endangered species to the area. Another wonderful excursion is a visit to their local fishing village to learn about their way of life there.
The fishing on Lake Kariba is world-renowned. The tiger fish is the ultimate quarry, most active in the summer, these hard fighting fish provide excellent sport on fly and spinner. Besides the tiger, a variety of other species are abundant in the lake, including the delicious bream.
Canoeing on Kariba is a memorable experience, glide through the water without the sound of a motor and get close to animals feeding and drinking on the shore.
Game viewing from the boats is always fantastic as well as the animals are so unconcerned by you drifting along the shore line. You can also visit the habituated fish eagles for some fantastic close up photos. There is even a catamaran that can be requested should you wish to go sailing on the lake.
Location & Directions
Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Musango Camp is set on the shore of Lake Kariba on the border of Matusadona National Park, Northern Zimbabwe.
When to go
From mid May through to early August the days are warm and clear but the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. September through to May is generally hot in the day and warm at night, Lake Kariba sees rain from late November to April.