Expert Reviews – Mosi-oa-Tunya NP

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Waterfalls and Elephants
Overall rating
3/5

Mosi-oa-Tunya translates as ‘the smoke that thunders’ and, as the name suggests, this small Zambian park is all about the world-renowned Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. You will likely see elephants, buffalo, hippo, general game, and a plethora of birds. If you are fortunate you might even glimpse one of Zambia’s relocated white rhinos, but this is not a park anyone should focus on for its wildlife value alone.

If you have come to admire the Zambezi thundering over the edge into a gaping abyss – and it’s a sight well-worth seeing – then you should certainly consider taking a game drive, boat cruise or microlight flight over Mosi-oa-Tunya to spot a few animals. But, with a main road cutting through its heart and Livingstone town right next door, this small park is busy: it is not a wildlife or wilderness area for serious safari goers nor those in search of peace and tranquillity in the African bush.

Viewing Victoria Falls
Overall rating
3/5

This tiny national park is divided into two sections: Victoria Falls World Heritage National Monument Site; and the Game Park. The former exists for the purpose of ogling one of the continent’s great natural wonders - thundering Victoria Falls. This immense spectacle will sear itself in your mind - bring a rain jacket - not for rain, for the spray!

If it’s wildlife you’re after the Game Park is where you should be. For such a small area there is a large number of animals including elephants, buffalo and white rhinos. For most of the Big Five however you’ll need to leave more footprints in Zambia.

Average Expert Rating

  • 3.9/5
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