Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
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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.
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 spoilt 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.
Eliza Walker (Staff)
Within moments of arriving at Musango Safari Camp you are made to feel instantly at home by Steve Edwards, the owner and manager of this wonderfully welcoming camp. Steve worked for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management for 18 years and his knowledge really can't be rivalled. When he retired he and his wife Wendy set up the lodge on the island and have managed to create somewhere that would feel homey to anyone, wherever they are coming from. As well as being surrounded by the most incredible wildlife and birdlife, this is also the perfect destination for any keen fishermen, or keen historians as Steve is passionate about palaeontology and archaeology having discovered a dinosaur fossil site in the Matusadona National Park and has the most incredible collection at the lodge.
The rooms here are simple and comfortable, with six tented safari tents with ensuite stone bathrooms, and two honeymoon tents made up of natural stone, as well as canvas and thatch and having the luxury of their own private plunge pools. The rooms are all set amongst the forest and face out over the lake.
Musango is one of the most special places I have ever visited and you can easily see why their guests return again and again and for longer each time.
Canoeing on the Zambezi
Join an experienced and qualified river-guide for a canoe safari on the Zambezi River, this is a fantastic way to experience the northern safari areas of Zimbabwe and get a feel for the power of the Zambezi.
Fishing in Zimbabwe
Visitors travel from across the globe to Northern Zimbabwe to try their hand at catching one of the most iconic of fresh water game fish: the Tiger Fish. Ten-pound plus tigers are a common catch on the waters of Kariba and the wider Zambezi.
Zimbabwe is one of the best places in Africa to experience walking in the bush. The guides are of the highest quality, the game is fantastic and the different environments, throughout the country, are well suited for exploring on foot.
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.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Musango is by air, it is possible to charter a light aircraft from Harare or Victoria Falls, followed by a short speedboat transfer to the camp. The camp is also accessible from Kariba, a 90-minute speedboat journey. By road Musango is 7 hours from Harare or 8 hours from Victoria Falls.
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