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    Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
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    We stayed at a Wilderness Safaris camp called Matusadona Water Wilderness. The camp was very peaceful and one of our favorites, with five floating cottages for guests. Going to and from the main lodge required paddling over by canoe.

    The camp is situated within Matusadona National Park. It sits on Lake Kariba which is an artificial lake created by the controversial Kariba dam. While supplying electricity to the region, the dam caused the displacement of many people (mostly Tonga) as well as changed the ecology of the area and regions below.

    Our floating cottage

    We tracked two black rhino on foot. One was about to give birth and quite aggressive. We had to run away when it started moving in our direction.

    A park rhino program gradually introduces young farm-bred black rhinos to the wild in an attempt to bring up their dwindling numbers.

    This t wo year old black rhino was still quite comfortable with people and later tried to follow us down the trail.

    Black rhinos have a prehensile upper lip. They are browsers and primarily eat leaves and small twigs.

    We found this elephant on foot and were able to watch it without it noticing us.

    Elephants taking a mud bath - both flinging mud with their trunks and rolling in it.

    Kudu - a large sized antelope with a few white stripes to break up their shape through the trees.

    If your canoe tips over, no swimming cause the crocodiles will eat you! Try to crawl on top instead.

    Bright red dragonfly

    Brightly colored Malachite kingfisher

    Some trees grow incredibly long spikes to prevent animals from eating all their leaves.

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang