TIPTOES: Kazuma Pan National Park

Access is via 4 WD vehicles only, and the park is only open between March and December.  Covering over 30,000 hectares, this is a remote and very wild part of Zimbabwe. Campers need to be completely self-sufficent as only water is available. There are two basic campsites – Katsetheti and Insiza – with bush toilets and braai areas. Each camp can accommodate up to ten people. Insiza  overlooks the Kamuza Depression, and Kasetsheti is near natural springs.

Kamzuma Pan is renowned for its birdlife, including crowned cranes, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, stilts and storks. Large numbers of game migrate between Botswana and Zimbabwe, especially from September to November’s first rains. Lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog have been recorded, as well as giraffe, elephant and zebra. A herd of around 2,000 buffalo has been reported, as well as white rhino, gemsbok, roan, sable, eland, reedbuck and tsessebe. The tiny oribi antelope is endemic to the Kazuma Depression.

Directions: drive 25 km down the Robins’ Camp/Pandamatenga turn-off from the main Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road to the National Parks offices at Matetsi. Continue 39 km to the border post, and check-in again with the ZRP at Pandamatenga. Kazuma Pan National Park is a further 25 km along the Zimbabwe/Botswana border road.

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