Expert Reviews – Zambezi NP

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Zambezi National Park, on the bank of the mighty Zambezi
Overall rating
2/5

Zambezi National Park is just a stone’s throw away from Victoria Falls and makes for a nice day outing if you have time to spare. The road in the park follows the Zambezi River and there are regular viewpoints from which you can see crocodiles, hippos and many waterbirds. You’re likely to see buffalo, elephant and several antelope species. There is a pack of wild dogs in the park, but I didn’t see them. The park is a bit small to get very excited about it, but I love coming here very early in the morning when the mist rises from the river – the Zambezi at its most beautiful.

Above the falls
Overall rating
2/5

Zambezi National Park adjoins the much greater attraction of Victoria Falls. I have enjoyed many nights in the inexpensive National Parks chalets, which are beautifully situated along the river upstream of the falls. However, wildlife in the park has been depleted by years of neglect and a game drive here will not produce much that you can’t see elsewhere along the river, such as elephant, hippo and bushbuck. Sable antelope still occur in decent numbers and lion are reputedly present, though rarely seen. Otherwise this is a place to enjoy the wildlife of the riverbank, from small mammals such as baboons and banded mongoose to numerous riverine birds, including African finfoot, rock pratincole and African skimmer.

Those who enjoy wilderness with few facilities and other visitors, and are not too worried about spotting game, will still find the park an excellent retreat. A stroll along the riverbank from the falls to the national park is highly recommended, although dangerous game occurs and you should take local advice. Victoria Falls is, of course, an amazing sight and a major tourist attraction: today most activities centre on the Zambian side, where tourism has prospered just as it has declined in Zimbabwe.

Average Expert Rating

  • 3.6/5
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