Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

December 19, 2018

Choosing your Livingstone accommodation wisely opens up a world of things to do in Zambia, including a wealth of natural adventures and some of the world’s best safari opportunities.  One of these is the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which is one of Livingstone’s best attractions. 

Situated along the banks of the Zambezi River, this nature reserve encompasses approximately 12 kilometres of riverfront above the Victoria Falls, from which it derives its name.  On the other side of the river, the Victoria Falls National Park is almost a mirror image of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and both include the Victoria Falls in their territories.

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Although the park is just 66 square kilometres in size, many species thrive in this small space and are easily spotted during a leisurely drive along the circular river route. Zebra, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, warthog and numerous bird species are often seen in this well-stocked reserve, and elephant roam freely here, crossing the Zambezi at will.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is roughly divided into two sections – one encompassing the Victoria Falls and a wilderness area for game viewing activities.  Here you can join one of the guided game drives which depart every morning and evening from Livingstone, for a three hour excursion into the park under the auspices of a professional guide.  A self-drive option is also available and you can even sign up with Lion Encounter for a walk with the lions in the Dambwa Forest section of the park.

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls section of the park includes the rainforest with its rare and interesting plants such as the ivory palm, pod mahogany and ebony trees, all adorned with numerous creepers and lianas. Walking in this unique forest, drizzled by spray from the Falls, is one of the most popular activities in Zambia and is a great opportunity to view the small antelope and warthog, which roam freely among the forest paths.

The Knife-edge Bridge is one of the better-known Livingstone activities, allowing walkers access to the cliffs overlooking the Rainbow Falls and First Gorge’s dramatic exit to the Boiling Pot.  Another path leads down to the Boiling Pot itself. All of these scenes present wonderful opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime photos to match the amazing memories you will be making.

Accommodation in Livingstone

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is located near many hotels and lodges in Livingstone. To explore these accommodation options, or to book your stay on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, keep exploring Vic Falls Accommodation.

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