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As wild as Africa gets...minus the wildlife :(

Laurapattara
Views: 590 Visited: Sep 2011 Reviewed: Jun 01, 2013

After an absolutely harrowing journey from Vic Falls (what a pot-holed nightmare that was), the complete wilderness in Chizariza was an absolute delight. The best way to experience this camp is to organize a 3-4 day trip from Vic Falls, as all the in-park camps are just about derelict so you’ll need to bring all the food/water etc for the entire duration. Unless you’re overlanding with your own vehicle (as we were) and are self-sufficient, it’s impossible to visit this camp independently.

Zimbabwe has suffered (and continues to suffer) from its long, drawn-out neglect and political problems, and unfortunately it’s the game parks (and the game) which seem to suffer as well. This park is supposed to be ‘protected’ yet don’t be surprised if most of the big game’ you’ll see will be rotting or fossilizing in the middle of the bush. Very, very sad...poaching is still strife in this area even though the Anti Poaching Foundation is doing its best to embed itself in the park and fight off the attacks. The park itself is absolutely splendid, the scenery is astounding and some of the abandoned thatched-roof camps are right on the edge of escarpment and gifted some of the best views of our entire African adventure trip.

Recent reports from overlanders are sounding much more positive and indeed the conditions here may have changed in two years. I certainly hope so, the only thing missing from this absolutely mind-boggling scenery are the animals!

So...if you’ve been in Africa a while and want to experience an incredibly wild spot, then by all means head here, but if it’s the Big 5 you’re after then best you head elsewhere for now. Fingers crossed for the future of this park.

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