Musango Safari Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Musango Safari Camp

Musango Safari Camp on an island in Lake Kariba is not your typical safari camp. While you can explore the area by game drive, walking safaris, tracking rhino on foot, boating, canoeing, birding, tiger fishing and even sailing on a catamaran are on offer. The area has large concentrations of big game, and spectacular sunsets over the vast expanse of  Lake Kariba make for great landscapes. The lodge is owner-run by local legend Steve Edwards, former warden of Matusadona National Park and one of the best guides in Zimbabwe.

How we rate Musango Safari Camp

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Musango Safari Camp at a glance

  • 6 safari tents, each with twin beds and en-suite bathroom
  • Tents are set in thick forest with views over the lake
  • 3 luxury tents (one a honeymoon suite) with private verandas and plunge pools
  • Main lodge area with lounges, dining area, bar and second-so viewing deck and pool

The concession

Musango is located on a private concession on an island in Lake Kariba. Matusadona National Park is nearby on the mainland. The area has a healthy concentration of buffalo, lion and black rhino. Large herds of elephants are also prevalent. The area has 480 bird species, including specials such as narina trogon, Lilian’s lovebird, Bohm’s spinetail and Pel’s fishing owl. The lake is home to hippo, crocodile, the famous tiger fish, and 41 other species of fish. Starvation Island, a short boat ride from the lodge, is the best spot to find wild dog–orphaned dogs are kept there by the Zimbabwe Department of National Parks before reintroduction.

The seasons

The best game viewing peaks towards the end of the dry season (from June to October) when animals are drawn to the water and vegetation is thinner. The green season, from November to May brings lush landscapes, wildflowers, migrant birds and baby animals. Rains can become frequent from December, closing off some roads.  The main fishing season is April to October.

What Musango Safari Camp costs

Rates start from $400 per person sharing. Access is by charter flight from Victoria Falls Airport or 1.5 hour speed boat ride from Kariba town.

Photographers need to know

Kariba is an artificial environment–it’s a dam. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful.

The good news

Musango helped to re-introduce black rhino to Matusadona National Park and guest can track black rhino on foot within the park.