Just a few decades ago, Zimbabwe had one of the world’s largest populations of Black Rhino. Now its population has dropped drastically all over the world due to the insidious problem of poaching. It’s now estimated that only 5000 Black Rhinos are still alive, with many located in Zimbabwe.
All hope isn’t lost, as over the past few years the country has taken drastic measures to crack down on poaching and protect its Black Rhino population. With this in mind, there has never been a better time to witness these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Over the past few years, steps have been taken to monitor, protect and rehabilitate Black Rhinos, and the best place that tourists can view these magnificent creatures is at the Matusadona National Park, which is an official Intensive Protection Zone and home to several relocated rhinos, as well as all the other big five animals.
For visitors looking to view these rhinos, the best months to pay a visit is during the dry season spanning from June to October, when the bush is thinner and wildlife is easier to spot. It is recommended that tourists access the park via plane, as the roads leading to Matusadona National Parkare very poor and the Park is some distance away from the main Victoria Falls region, where most tourists opt to stay in a lodge, hotel or bed and breakfast.
If you’re planning on staying at Willow Lodge, we recommend making use of our Harare car hire services or getting a driver to take you to the airport, where you can fly directly to the Park. There are a number of safari and tour operators in the region and we are more than happy to recommend one depending on your budget and how much time you have to spend in the area.
You can choose to spend a day there or take a longer tour, before returning to your Harare accommodation. It’s just one of the ways that we want to make your stay with us is memorable, and what is more memorable than being able to witness the Black Rhino in the wild?