ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK – ZIMBABWE
Zambezi National Park is a 56 000ha (138 350 acre) game reserve, a few kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls. The Zambezi National Park was split off from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979 so that Victoria Falls town could be extended to the river. The main road to Kazungula runs through the park, dividing it into two sections – the riverine side and the Chamabonda Vlei section.
Experiencing The Zambezi National Park
The best way to experience the Zambezi National Park is during the Lodge game drives and whilst enjoying their half-day canoe trips, which are launched within the park. The riverine area is excellent for bird watching. There are a number of riverside camp sites which can be booked at the park gate.
The game drives in the park follow extensive networks of roads along the river. These roads are accessible and controlled through the main gate of the Park. There are also a several picnic sites along the Zambezi River which visitors can fish from as well.
Animals Found in The Zambezi National Park
Most of the Zambezi National Park consists of Mopane Woodland with a thin strip of Riverine Bush along the edge of the river. A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard. In addition, herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala, as well as many of the smaller species of game, can be viewed.
The Zambezi River is also home to over 75 species of fish and is famous for its bream and fighting tiger fish.