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Zambezi National Park Zimbabwe

Beautiful Game Park Right on the Door Step of Victoria Falls

Zambezi National Park together with Victoria Falls National Park cover an area of 56,000 hectares. The northern border of the Park is formed by the great Zambezi River which also forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia for much of its length.

Zambezi National Park

Elephants coming down to drink in the Zambezi National Park

A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard. In addition, herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala as well as many of the smaller species of game can be viewed.

The Zambezi River is home to over is 75 species of fish and is famous for its bream and fighting tiger fish. You can read more about fishing on the Zambezi here.

Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe has two main game-viewing sections:

The Zambezi River Game Drive, with a limited network of roads along the river accessed through the main gate of the Park, and the 25 kilometer Chamabondo Game Drive in the southern part of the Park, which begins about 5 kilometers outside of Victoria Falls town – just off the main road to Bulawayo. The roads are in reasonable condition.

Our page on Victoria Falls Weather details the best season for various activities in the Falls. Generally game will congregate towards the river in the drier months and as soon as the rains arrive in November/December they will start to move inland to give the riverine vegetation a chance to recover for next year.

Zambezi national park map



It is within this park that the Upper Zambezi Canoe trips are conducted. You drive through the park to your put-in point and then canoe back down the Zambezi River.

There are several game viewing opportunities within the park namely, half day and full day game drives and walking safaris. Contact us if you would like to book one of these safaris or get more information.

Accommodation in Zambezi National Park

Zimbabwe National Parks has some basic self-catering lodges along the river and there are some camping facilities as well. You can read more about that on our Zambezi National Park accommodation page.

There are a handful of private safari camps and lodges dotted along the river, with a couple of them located on islands of the Zambezi River. These are all luxury camps, offering fully inclusive stays with a range of their own activities, including game drives and boat cruises. These camps offer scheduled transfers into town. However, for you to fully enjoy the Victoria Falls activities on offer, we recommend combining a stay at one of the lodges, with a few days within Victoria Falls town.

If you are trying to decide between doing a safari in Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park or the Zambezi National Park. I would recommend clicking on the button below and reading that article.

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

Picnic Sites

Upstream along the Zambezi River Drive, there are 25 numbered sites where day visitors may picnic or fish. These sites are attractively situated on the banks of the river and sheltered beneath the beautiful shady trees like the Natal Mahogany.

Picnicking on the banks of the Zambezi River

Picnicking on the Banks of the Zambezi River in the Zambezi National Park

How To Get To Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe)

If you have flown in to the Victoria Falls Airport and are staying at one of the private safari lodges within the park, most of them will pick you up from the airport. If not, a private transfer can be arranged. Contact us for more on this. If flying into Livingstone or Kasane Airports, there are a few lodges that will pick you up, but more likely, you will need to get a private transfer in.

Self-drivers drive into Victoria Falls town via the Bulawayo Road or Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, then turn into Park Way Drive in the middle of town. This road will take you through the center of town and then out all the way to the Zambezi National Park entrance gate. Park fees will be required for individuals as well as vehicles. These are detailed below.

Zambezi National Park Entrance Fees

  International (US$) Regional (US$) Zim Residents (ZWL)
Conservation fee per day $15 $12 $50
If accommodated $8 $6 TBA
Vehicles $15 $15 TBA
Trailers $10 $10 TBA
Children 6 to 12 years 50% of the adult rate
Children below 6 years Free entry

Zambezi National Park - Articles

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This is whats been happening in the Zambezi National Park

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Elephants in Chamabonda 
8 December 2021 This week on a last-minute-dot-com decision - which we are so fortunate to be able to make in this richly endowed corner of Zimbabwe, …

Game viewing report from Zambezi National Park 
Here's a really positive report from a local Safari Guide who took some clients into the Zambezi National Park: We had 5 clients that we picked up at …

Zambezi National Park a Natural Wildlife Vestige 
On entering the main gate, stunted mopane bush shrubbery and fresh game dung give valuable clues to what happens in this perfect theatre of the jungle. …

Zambezi River Sand-Bank Breeders 
Migrating birds such as the African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris ) are arriving to breed on the freshly sculptured sand-banks which emerge from the receding …

Choosing between Zambezi National Park and Chobe National Park  
This is a tough choice and tricky question. Zambezi National Park is right on your doorstep, but Chobe is world renowned for its game viewing. What …

Zambezi National Park Update - June 2011 
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you once again for the support so far in 2011. The safaris that have been going out into the Zambezi National …

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