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Zambezi National Park Zimbabwe
Phenomenal 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 an extensive network of roads along the river accessed through the main gate of the Park, and the 25 kilometre Chamabondo Game Drive in the southern part of the Park, which begins about 5 kilometres outside of Victoria Falls town – just off the main road to Bulawayo. The roads are in reasonable condition, but please note that they do close the park after heavy rains
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.
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.
Private safari camps and lodges are also 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. Of-course the activity operators in Victoria Falls town do not pick up from these safari camps, but the camps may offer daily scheduled shuttles into town. However, for you to fully enjoy 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 centre 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
Zambezi National Park - Articles
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Elephants in Chamabonda
Game viewing report from Zambezi National Park
Zambezi National Park a Natural Wildlife Vestige
Zambezi River Sand-Bank Breeders
Choosing between Zambezi National Park and Chobe National Park
Zambezi National Park Update - June 2011