There are 10 Zimbabwe National Parks throughout the country, all of which offer an incredible variety of wildlife and will immerse you in the African bush.
3 Best National Parks Near Victoria Falls
Although not all of the Zimbabwe National Parks are mentioned, 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.
Take in the sights – from the world-famous elephants of Hwange to the lush green beauty of the Zambezi river banks. There are so many beautiful sights to be seen!
Take advantage of the proximity of these African wildlife sanctuaries to the Falls. Visiting the Zimbabwe National Parks gives you the opportunity to experience safaris in Zimbabwe. Add a true wildlife adventure to the sights and activities you will experience in this beautiful country.
What To Expect In The Parks
Hwange National Park
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.
There are predators in the parks and you may see a pride of lion resting under the shade of trees during the midday heat. Leopards are not so easily sighted as they are more solitary animals, as with cheetahs.
The park is home to the largest group of wild dog or “Painted Dog” in Africa. These protected “dogs” are wonderful sightings with their distinctive coloring.
There are plenty of accommodation options within the park offering various types and budgets. Most parks offer Zimbabwe national parks lodges which are basic but comfortable.
Victoria Falls National Park
This park extends along the Zambezi river about 6 kilometers above the falls to approximately 12 kilometers below the waterfall.
This park, above all the others, encompasses all that the Victoria Falls is famous for. This makes 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. The route follows the gorge opposite the waterfall. It provides breathtaking vistas of the different sections of the falls that make up the largest curtain of falling water in the world.
The Rainforest is enclosed in this section of the park, with its almost permanent rainfall sustaining this marvel of nature.
Zambezi National Park
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. These include 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.
Contact Zimbabwe National Parks
The e-mail address for National Park reservations:
Tel: +263 24 2706077/8
You can also contact the following reservations clerks direct:
Christine Mhuriro: email@example.com
Audrey Maponga: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sekai Gonyora: email@example.com
QUERIES: For queries regarding ZimParks fees, please contact:
The Customer Services Executive: Choice Mushunje
Zimbabwe National Parks Reservations
BOOKINGS: Bookings and reservations are available from one year in advance of the date of arrival. This is the same for both local and foreign clients.
Payment needs to be made in advance with clients treated on a first come first serve basis.
How to pay:
- Via bank transfer
- Cash at any ZimParks booking office
PLEASE BE AWARE: there are no facilities at ZimParks booking offices for card payments.
ZimParks Accommodation Regulations
- Accommodation fees are for overnight stays in the ZimParks lodges, chalets, cottages, camping and picnic facilities
- Bookings for seven consecutive nights in Parks accommodation are entitled to a 10% discount
- Accommodation fees include a 2% tourism levy and 15% VAT for both locals and foreigners
- Camping and picnic fees are charged per site. Sites range from a maximum of 6 people and 2 vehicles to exclusive and undeveloped sites with a maximum of 12 people and 3 vehicles
- All children (6-12 years) camping fees are 50% of the adult fee
- Educational tours groups are charged 50% of normal camping fees
- Accommodation is charged per lodge per night
- Firewood is provided after payment
- Cancellation prior to 14 days of arrival – 50% refund
- Cancellation within 14 days of arrival – no refund
- Booking alteration prior to 30 days – 15% admin fees
Looking for exciting activities?
Thrilling activities are bountiful at Victoria Falls!
For the adventurous spirit and those looking for an adrenaline rush – you are in the right place.