Although not all the Zimbabwe National Parks are encompassed here, the parks showcased below are in the immediate vicinity of the waterfall, and are within easy reach from the town in order for you to experience your African bush safari.
Hwange National Park
Hwange is the largest park in Zimbabwe and is approximately one hour’s drive south from Victoria Falls town. The park is a haven for the famous African Elephant herds that can be seen in abundance during the dry season when large numbers come down to the watering holes in the evenings to drink and cool off in the water.
Other wildlife includes herds of buffalo, zebra, impala, giraffe and various plains game, making up the immense ecology of this park. Predators are plentiful with pride of lion being sighted lazing under the shade of trees and bushes during the midday sun. Leopards are not so easily sighted as they are more solitary animals, as with cheetah. The park boasts the largest group of wild dog or “Painted Dog” in Africa.
Accommodation is plentiful in the park with walking safaris and game drives enabling you to experience the African bush to its fullest.
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Victoria Falls National Park
This is the most important park as it encompasses the Victoria Fals town, the Waterfall, the Rain Forest and extends along the Zambezi river about 6 kilometres above the falls to about 12 kilometers below the waterfall.
This park, therefore, holds all that the Victoria Falls is famous for within its small boundaries, making it the most visited in the country.
The Zambezi River walk takes you on a walking safari along the riverbanks above the falls with the Waterfall Path showcasing the magnificent Waterfall. This path meanders along the gorge opposite the waterfall offering breathtaking vistas of the different sections that make up the largest curtain of falling water in the world. The Rainforest is encapsulated in this section of the park, with it’s almost permanent rainfall sustaining this marvel of nature.
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Zambezi National Park
This park is just up the river from the waterfall and is one of the most picturesque to visit. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River it showcases the riverine birdlife as well as the wildlife found in the African savannahs and grasslands, including a wide variety of larger species such as lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and several species of antelope, including eland, kudu, waterbuck, impala, and sable.
Canoe trips are available up the river from a point in the park, enabling you to pass the day getting up close to the Zambezi river and its array of birdlife.
Picnic spots are plentiful along the river bank offering fishing opportunities and beautiful views of the river.
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African Wildlife Sanctuaries
Taking advantage of the proximity of these african wildlife sanctuaries to the Falls by visiting the Zimbabwe National Parks gives you the opportunity to add a safari to the sights and activities you will experience in Zimbabwe.