The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Walking Safari in Matuzviadohna National Park
|Africa Adventure Company|
|Wild Africa Safaris|
|$1,750||camping, rustic lodging|
The Route: An old-fashioned safari week — minus the Land Rover. Includes three days of tracking rhinos on Lake Kariba's southern shore as well as three days of backpacking in the Matuzviadonha Range. Fear not: You'll never be far from your armed guide.
When to go: May to October
Travel advisory: Don't be surprised by delays on your Air Zimbabwe flights between Harare and Kariba. President-for-life Robert Mugabe is notorious for commandeering planes for personal junkets.
- Feeling a surge of adrenaline when a lion growls in the bushes behind you and you're still alive a minute later.
- Not seeing a rhinoceros. Though you'd have spotted them daily 10 or 15 years ago, heavy poaching has made the survivors extremely skittish.