Zambezi National Park

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Zambezi National Park Overview

Zambezi National Park is a national park located upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. It was split off from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979 and is 56,000 hectares (140,000 acres) in size. The park is bisected by a road to Kazungula, dividing it into a riverine side and a Chamabondo Vlei side. Most of the park is within the ecoregion of Zambezian and Mopane woodlands, while a small portion in the south is within the Zambezian Baikiaea woodlands.

For Central reservations:

Telephone Details

WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164

Calls: +263 242 706077/8 or  +263 8677 707627

Email Details


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Featured Attractions

Game Viewing

The best game viewing is around Chindu and Sansimba Loops where there are often elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, hippo and crocs. There are often good sightings in the Chamabonda Vlei area and game lookouts at Kaliankua and Njako Pans.

Canoe Trips

The best way to experience the park is not only to do the game drives but to enjoy the half-day canoe trips, which are launched within the park.


The riverine area is excellent for birding. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded within the Zambezi National Park. Pel’s fishing owl, African skimmer, collared palm thrush, lanner falcon, goliath heron, African finfoot, rock pratincole and long-toed lapwing are considered to be among the speciality birds of the park. Aside from birds and land animals, there are 75 species of fish located in the park, including the famous tiger fish


There are a number of riverside camp sites that can be booked at the park gate.

Mopane Woodland

Most of the Zambezi National Park consists of mopane woodland with a thin strip of riverine bush along the edge of the river. Among the trees are the distinctive ilana palm (munganda), the wild date palm, sycomore fig and the umbrella-shaped poison-pod albizia – mubaba. Other common riverine trees are the waterberry, knob thorn, rain-tree or apple-leaf and the leadwood. Away from the river, the mopane



The lodges are self contained and found on the banks of the Zambezi River, they are open all year round and are fully equipped for self catering. Each lodge has two bedrooms, living room, bathroom and kitchen.

Exclusive Fishing Camps

For those who love fishing, there are three exclusive fishing camps Kandahar, Siansimba, and Mpala Jena also situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. There is a shower with cold water and toilet, and has braai facilities. Fishing by boat is very good in these areas.

Bush Camps

There are four bush camps also found on the Zambezi River that are underdeveloped, do not have a fenced off area and are perfect for those who want to be out in the wilderness. These camps only have braai facilities and bush toilets. Each camp can take up to twelve people and are positioned on a particularly beautiful part of the Zambezi River.

Park Fees

Conservation Fees

Park Daily Conservation Fees

(Day Visitors – Locals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – Locals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Day Visitors – SADC)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – SADC)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Day  Visitors – Internationals)

Daily Conservation Fees

(Accommodated Visitors – Internationals)

Zambezi 50.00 30.00 12.00 6.00 15.00 8.00

Accommodation Fees

    Non – Residents (US$) Locals (ZW$)
Zambezi Bush camps/person 15.00 200.00


Tour Operator Fees                                     

Fees for Tour Operators Annual Game Drive Permits

Tour operator’s Game Drive permit
Local Operators Charge/Annum (US$)
Zambezi $600.00
Zambezi Night Drives $1000.00

Fees for Tour Operators Annual Walking Permit

Resident Tour Operator    
Zambezi $800.00



The town of Victoria Falls is 4,5 kilometres from the Zambezi main gate and the town has the most modern conveniences and there are several world-class hotels, lodges and restaurants. Supplies of fuel, food and provisions may be found here, as well as hospital facilities and many curio and craft shops.

How to get there

The easiest way to access the Zambezi National Park is via the Zambezi River Game Drive, which has an extensive network of roads along the banks of the Zambezi and is accessed through the main gate. There is a 25 kilometre Chamabondo Game Drive that can take the visitor into the wilderness on the southern part of the Park, and which starts 5 kilometres south of Victoria Falls town; just off the main Victoria Falls to Bulawayo road.


  • Game viewing – visitors can use their own vehicles for game drives.
  • Fishing – visitors can bring their own fishing gear and boats.
  • Boat cruises – daytime and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River.
  • White-water rafting
  • Half day canoe trips
  • Bird viewing
  • Moonlight viewing

What to take with you

  • Cool cotton clothing
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking/running shoes
  • Camera

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Contact Details

Zambezi National Park
P. Bag 5925, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Landline: +263 (0) 213 284 1125
Cellphone: +263 779 529 893 (Reservations)

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.