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Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve

This 2500 hectare private game reserve is situated only 12kms from Victoria Falls town centre in Zimbabwe

Black rhino

Rhino's from the Black Rhino conservation project

Twelve kilometres away from the spectacular Victoria Falls lies the 2500 hectare Victoria Falls Private Game reserve. This pristine piece of African bush shares a boundary with the 56 000 hectare Zambezi National Park and has the Masuwe river running through its middle.

The entire reserve is fenced and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino). The reserve is guarded by anti-poaching units to protect the rhino, but they are wild and roam freely.

There is a resident pride of lion and also a good population of leopard both of which are seen relatively often. Several elephant have also made this sanctuary their home. Other species of plains game such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala, sable and eland are quite plentiful.

Like any game park, the seasons are going to make a huge difference. If you visit in the rainy season, it is quite possible to see very little, but if you visit in the dry season animal sightings, on the whole, are good. 

I highly recommend it for a morning or afternoon drive (the black rhino are ultra-special) but due to the size of the reserve, any longer and it could get repetitive. If you are looking for an extended Safari experience in one of the larger National Parks please click on the button below.


Compare Chobe, Hwange Zambezi National parks - close to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Masuwe River winds its way through the unspoilt bush veld, drawing over 400 species of birds to its banks. Teak forests and open grasslands dominate this landscape upon the Kalahari sand.

The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is recognised as an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) for Black Rhino and since implementing a black rhino monitoring and breeding programme the population has flourished to the point that they have been able to supply black rhino to other intensive protection Zones for restocking.

Several wildlife activities are conducted on this private game reserve, including game drives, rhino encounters, night drives and bush dinners, all of which are highly recommended, especially for those intent on seeing a rare black rhino. More details on these activities can be found on our Victoria Falls activities page.

Tucked away in this natural utopia overlooking a busy waterhole, is the charming Stanley and Livingstone boutique hotel. Completely renovated and modernised in 2018, this Boutique Hotel has not lost any of its Victorian charm, making it a good accommodation choice.

Ursula Camp located close by on the same property is smaller and more exclusive, which is ideal for small groups and families wanting to be on their own.

Transfers from these lodges to Victoria Falls town are included in the hotel rates and if you just want to do one of the game drives, you will be picked up from your hotel in town at no extra cost. So the reserve is very easy to access.

Giraffe along a game drive Big and small game The African Elephant Cape buffalo Impala Rhino family The luxurious Stanley and Livingstone Hotel Exclusivity at Ursula's Homestead


Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve Articles

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This is whats been happening on the Reserve

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Lions at the night tour 
We saw three female lions and heard the male lion during the night safari. We made a small video of it.

Game Drive 
Although the setting is lovely and the Idea of rhino breeding is magnificent, we were very disappointed with our drive! We saw NO elephants, No leopards …

Update from painted dog conservation 
After the loss of Bullseye, we were concerned about the future of the Kutanga females. In my last update I wrote about the search for Bullseye and finding …

The Ukusutha Pack take another big step 
Jealous and I watched the Ukusutha pack feeding on an impala, rather like proud parents watching their children achieve something special. This was the …

Recently, SHEARWATER ADVENTURES, and RANI AFRICA announced the birth of a third Black Rhino calf on the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. We are …

Ukusuta Pack Goes Wild 
Great News! Shearwater Adventures and Rani Africa are delighted to announce that the Ukusuta Pack has succeeded in hunting for itself during its first …

Who Let The Dogs Out ! 
Shearwater Adventures and Rani Africa are proud to announce that The Ukusuta Painted Dog pack has recently been released into the bush on the Victoria …

Game Viewing Statistics for June 2011 
Shearwater have just released the figures of Big Five game seen on the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve during their game drives for the month of June. …

Birth of Baby Black Rhino 
The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve has proudly announced the successful birth of another baby black rhino calf - an exciting milestone in this local …

Rehabilitated Wild Dogs Arrive At The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve 
The last week of April saw the arrival at the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve of six rehabilitated Painted Wild Dog from the Hwange Painted Dog Conservation …

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