The park is in the northwestern-most corner of Zimbabwe, near the borders of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. It is a seven-hour drive from the large cities of Lusaka, Zambia, and and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. However it is a very short drive from Livingstone Airport, which is across the river in Zambia.
While the allure of the spectacular waterfall is tempting, the park is rich with diverse wildlife. Formerly part of Victoria Falls National Park, Zambezi was split off from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979 so that Victoria Falls town could be extended to the river.
Zambezi is home to four of the big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. Additionally, antelope, baboons, zebra and hippopotamus call the park home. Safaris can be by boat, motor vehicle or foot. Several safari operators offer many options within the park, including overnight canoe trips. With all its water from the falls, fishing in Zambezi is exceptional. The park is also documented to have the highest concentration of bird species in all of Africa making it a prime destination for birding safari enthusiasts.
Zambezi National Park has one lodge, three fishing camps and four general camps in the park. Additionally the nearby city of Victoria Falls has many hotels and restaurants. There are many options for animal viewing and fishing. While there are guided tours, adventurers may use their own transportation in the park for car safaris, hikes and fishing trips.
May through October is normally the dry season, with September and October recognized as the better months for photo opportunities at Victoria Falls, as there is much less spray. The dry season is also better for viewing game in the Zambezi National Park.
The rainy season runs fom November through to April, when the weather is hot and very humid.