Zambezi National Park


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Zambezi River
Zambezi River
About Zambezi National Park
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Parks total area:
559 km² (216 mi² )
Year established:
1979
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Victoria Falls is one of the world’s seven wonders
  • All of the big five live in the park
  • Easy access from airports and cities
  • Fishing, birding and big game
  • Can be crowded, especially on the weekends

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.

Wildlife of Zambezi National Park

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.

When to visit Zambezi National Park

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.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 24, 2015   |   Visited: Sep 2011.
This park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is an enormous wildlife sanctuary. This park is still relatively undeveloped, but its beauty lies in its pristine wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 31, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
This was my last park visit on my wonderful safari through Botswana. I was really looking forward to seeing Victoria Falls and knew it was the rainy season here (which means more water flow for the chutes!). I was not prepared for the sticky and buggy conditions in Zambezi National Park.

Great for a boat tour and for viewing loads of elephants, though!
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 18, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
The whole area around Vic Falls is stunning and a great place to do it all in a relatively short period of time. I visited the Zambezi National Park several times during my working time in Africa as the overland trip which included the falls was always the most popular.

Close to Livingstone and ease of entry meant we could do a day's game drive/boat ride without... read more
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Safari suitability: 7 / 10
4 of big 5 (no rhino), easy access, Victoria Falls
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