Zambezi National Park Zimbabwe
Beautiful Game Park Right on the Door Step of Victoria Falls
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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Zambezi National Park Update - June 2011