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The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Walking Safari in Matuzviadohna National Park

Outfitters Price Accommodations
Africa Adventure Company
$1,225 camping
Wild Africa Safaris
800-991-6111, www.wild
$1,690 camping
African Portfolio
800-700-3677, www.african
$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

Difficulty: Moderate

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.

High/low points:

  • 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.