The Zambezi National Park is a game reserve on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River a few kilometres upstream from the Falls. It covers an area of 56,000km² and forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia for most of its length.
The park stretches upstream for 50 kilometres, the same stretch that David Livingstone travelled down on his way to discover the Victoria Falls in 1855. This scenic National Park supports a lush riverside bush in which bushbuck and duiker seek shade and protection. The Zambezi River is famous for its bream and tiger fish as well as numerous other species of fish. The abundance of birdlife is a birders paradise with herons, kingfishers and many other species of birds.
Even though this park is not the biggest in the area, it offers good game viewing opportunities with a wide variety of larger mammal species including lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and several species of antelope, including eland, kudu, waterbuck, impala, and sable. All this is within an easy and short distance of Victoria Falls.
To view the wildlife either take advantage of the walking safaris on offer, or take a trip along the Zambezi River Game Drive which has an extensive road network along the river, there are 25 outstanding picnic and fishing sites for day visitors along this route. The 25 kilometre Chamabondo Game Drive in the southern area covers the rest of the park. The roads are in reasonable condition, but the park may be closed after heavy rains make the roads impassable.
An alternative to viewing the wildlife is to enjoy the half-day canoe trips that are conducted within the park. This is a relaxing and enjoyable time spent on the banks of the Zambezi river watching the birdlife and taking in the beauty of the Zambezi waterway.
National Parks Accommodation
The Zambezi National Park has some excellent lodges and safari camps along the river and there are some camping facilities as well.
There is also a private game lodge in the Park from which you can see the spray of the falls.