Zambezi National Park

About the Zambezi National Park

The Park is conveniently located just a short five-minute drive from town. It was situated upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River and separated from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979. Spanning an impressive 56,000 hectares (140,000 acres), the Park showcases two unique sides. Divided by a road to Kazungula, it features a riverine side and a Chamabonda Vlei side.

Discovering the Wildlife: A Guide to Your Game Drive Experience

Embark on a captivating three to four-hour game drive in an open four-wheel drive vehicle and immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of the park. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights about the diverse bush and its inhabitants in this unfenced and genuinely wild area.

The rainy season from November to April significantly impacts game viewing. As the bush comes alive with vibrant greenery, visibility becomes challenging. Moreover, small drinking holes throughout the landscape fill with water, dispersing the wildlife.

For an optimal park experience, plan your visit between May and October. During this time, the once lush green bush transforms into shades of brown as the ground dries up. As a result, wildlife congregates near the River, making them more visible. While animals like impalas, baboons, and warthogs forage for the last traces of green shoots, predators patiently await their opportunities to seize unsuspecting prey.

Exploring the Circle of Life: Insights on Recent Lion Predation in the Park

There has been a notable increase in predator activity within the park between May and July. In May, a sighting of almost 400 buffalo was observed, with a pride of lions tracking and making their first kill soon after. In June, the same pride made their second buffalo kill. The predator activity continued into July as they were witnessed making a kill of a giraffe.

Lions serve as apex predators, responsible for keeping large herbivore populations, such as buffalos, impalas, zebras, elephants, and giraffes, in check. They also provide food for scavengers such as hyenas, jackals and vultures. A balanced ecosystem requires a manageable number of herbivores to prevent overgrazing and habitat degradation. Lions help to control these populations and maintain a healthy and resilient ecosystem.


Lion sleeping
Waiting for the sun to go down
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