Endless flat grassy plains flecked with permanent water-filled pans and bursts of mopane forest define the landscape of Kazuma Pan National Park in Zimbabwe. Sandwiched between Victoria Falls and Hwange and straddling the border of Botswana, Kazuma’s landscape is a far cry from the typical woodland topography of Zimbabwe. The 313 square kilometres of flat country gently hints at a terrain similar to the plains of East Africa. The flat landscapes give rise to some of southern Africa’s most spectacular brazen sunsets.
Kazuma Pan is the largest pan in the park, attracting high concentrations of breeding elephant herds during the dry season. The pan is part of a corridor of wildlife traffic that moves between Botswana and Zimbabwe during the migratory season, which is from September to December.
Kazuma Pan National Park is easily accessible and is within range of many international airports. The easiest airport to fly into is the Victoria Falls International Airport, located a mere two-hour drive from the entrance. Because the park is located on the border, it can also be accessed from the Botswana side at Chobe.
Kazuma Pan National Park is closed during January and February as the rainy season makes the road impassable.
Expert guides are available to lead visitors on walking safaris across the park where one will get up close and personal with the local wildlife.
The typical savannah predators can easily be spotted on the open plains of the park. With abundant prey and permanent water sources, the park provides the perfect habitat for cheetahs, African wild dogs and lions.
Clusters of woodland, greenery, and pools of pristine water offer ample resources for buffalo, rhino and elephant populations to thrive. Buffalo, white rhinos, and elephants are the most common residents of the area. Other herbivore sightings include oribi (extremely common), giraffe, white rhino, roan, sable and tsessebe.
The system of pans within the park supports a variety of birdlife. Fish eagles, saddle-billed storks, cormorants, kingfishers, ducks and cranes are regularly seen at the waterholes. Waders are the most commonly spotted bird type in the park, but there are also significant numbers of passerines and raptors taking to the skies.
Kazuma Pan National Park becomes incredibly waterlogged during the rainy season, and the roads are impassable. The park is closed during January and February, the height of the summer season. The light rains begin during September and continue through to December, but it's relatively dry.
The start of the rains sees migratory herds of wildlife moving between Zimbabwe and Botswana. September is a good time to spot wildlife and is also a good time of year for birding.
Kazuma Pan National Park is an isolated reserve that’s best explored in an open safari vehicle. The vast plains are extensive and provide ample opportunity to spot predators on the prowl and big game filtering down to waterholes. Visitors can self-drive through the park and follow the marked-out jeep tracks or join a scheduled safari with a qualified guide.
There are guided walks available in various sectors of the park. Professional trail guides will lead visitors to wildlife hotspots in search of game and introduce the wonders of the safari kingdom.
The only accommodation options within the park are the national park campsites. These sites are well-maintained and furnished with ablution facilities, barbecue points and running water.
Luxury lodges and self-catering accommodation is found on the outskirts of the park and within neighbouring reserves.