Kazuma Pan National Park

by Mike Cadman

Kazuma Pan National Park

Situated in north-western Zimbabwe, about two hours drive from Victoria Falls, this small park attracts elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife at the end of the dry season when there is still water in some of the pans (natural waterholes) scattered across the landscape.

The park is close to the border with Botswana and north of the much bigger, game-rich, Hwange National Park, and wildlife moves freely between these areas when in search of water.

Much of the park is in a slight depression which becomes flooded in the rainy season (November to March) and, in good rainfall years, the water in the pans lasts through much of the dry season.

As the park dries out, particularly between late September and mid-November, many animals utilise the grass on the plains surrounding the pans. It is this open grassland opportunity to view animals unobscured by the typical woodland topography that makes Kazuma popular.

Giraffe, gemsbok, roan antelope, and other antelope also occur as well as lions, hyena, and cheetah. The pans also attract prolific birdlife, making it a great birding destination.

While there is no accommodation in the park, there are two basic campsites with long-drop toilets. Campers would need to be self-sufficient – roads are rugged, so a 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Mike Cadman

Mike has worked as a journalist for a variety of international and local media organisations as well as environmental NGO’s for the past 38 years and is the author of five books. During his career, he has covered all major news developments in southern Africa and has travelled extensively throughout many parts of the continent. He spends as much time as possible in the bush and has extensive knowledge of broader environmental issues as well as the creatures that live there.