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Zambezi National Park
Self contained lodges in the National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River...
The Zambezi National Park accommodation and facilities used to be run and managed by the Government of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority). The potential is enormous but the efficiency is now sadly not what it used to be.
Entrance fees for the National Park are payable at the gate and these change constantly so it is best to phone the numbers detailed below, to check the current prices.
Entrance is charged per person per day and varies according to whether you are a local Zimbabwean, a regional visitor or an international guest. If you are staying in one of the National Park lodges, you pay a once off entry fee which covers you for seven days.
Vehicles also have to pay a separate entrance fee.
Accommodation in Zambezi National Park
The accommodation units at Zambezi National Park Camp are self-contained lodges on the river bank which have fairly recently been refurbished - they are situated 6 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls. The lodges are served by a tar road and are open all year around. The lodges are all fully equipped and each has 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and kitchen with stove and refrigerator. (Sleeps 4)
I think these little lodges are great and are in a fantastic position, with abundant birdlife right there. Game does traverse this area, so monkey, bushbuck, baboons and warthog are seen daily.
Elephant, buffalo, hippo and lion are also present, so be very careful.
From here it is very easy to access the whole of the National Park yet they are also close enough to town to enjoy some of the other activities.
These lodges are perfect for self-drivers who want to stay in an affordable place inside National Park and want to cater for themselves.
Three exclusive fishing camps: Kandahar, Sansimba and Mpala Jena, are attractively situated on the banks of the Zambezi just off the Zambezi River game drive. Unfortunately the facilities are no longer in order and the only thing that you could probably make use of is the sleeping shelter - which would still keep your equipment and food safe from monkeys and other animals - although you would need to give it a good sweep out first.
The cement table with bench is no longer but a braai unit would still work. Fishing by boat is excellent in these areas. Although these fishing camps have a very run down feeling to them at the moment they are still in a truly fantastic location, right by the river. I would say these suit the slightly more adventurous traveller.
For an unforgettable wilderness experience, there are 4 minimum development camping sites available in the Park. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi, these areas are unfenced and completely in the wild and are equipped with a braai stand and bush toilet only.
Chundu 1 (25 kilometres upstream from the reception office) and Chundu 2 (26 kilometres) are situated in an acacia forest close to the river’s edge.
Chomuzi (40 kilometres) is sited near some rapids and Siamunungu (47 kilometres) is located at the end of the Zambezi River Drive on a particularly lovely stretch of the river. Each camp can accommodate a maximum of 12 people.
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 riverine vegetation.
Some of these sites are nicer than others and it just a matter of exploring until you find the one you like. The beauty is that you will always be able to find a site which has no one else.
Free to use just have to pay the park entry fee.
How to Get to Zambezi National Park Lodges
• Self-drive - arrive in Victoria Falls town. Make a left turn on Park Way Drive, and follow the road 4.8kms to the Zambezi National Park entrance gate. You will need to pay your park entry fees and check in before proceeding to your lodge inside the park. Note the gate opens at 6am until 6pm so you can only go in and out between those times.