Video report by Africa Correspondent Penny Marshall
Rains which should have fallen in October did not emerge, leaving land parch and farmers struggling to reap their harvests.
Safari favourites, usually found around picturesque watering holes, have found themselves struggling to sustain - their carcasses now litter the parched landscape.
Hotter. Drier. More deadly.
For those still fighting for survival, the region's once reliable sources of water have turned into death traps.
Now only five percent full, Long Pool is one of the few remaining water sources in this part of the park.
Hippos are submerged in some puddles to avoid skin desiccation, while birds pick catfish from the muddy riverbed.
Ranchers of the park normally don't intervene, but now they are being forced to lend a helping hand by leaving feed out for animals and supplying drinking water.
For humans, the story is much the same. Severe drought has left more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe, around 3.5 million people, with dangerously insecure food sources, according to the UN World Food Programme.