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Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park

The park is divided into two sections; a game park along the riverbank and the staggering Victoria Falls, each with separate entrances. The vast and overwhelming Victoria Falls are known to the local people as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (Smoke Which Thunders) and is the greatest known curtain of falling water. The falls are one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. As the Zambezi enters the steep sided Batoka Gorge, numerous frothing rapids churn into frenzy. It is on these rapids that people unleash themselves in rubber rafts or even on boogie boards, for a white-water thrill of a lifetime. Just about any adrenaline sport can be attempted around here, either on the Zimbabwean or Zambian side. Many people say they prefer the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, as it is less commercial than the Zimbabwe tourist hub.

This is a small wildlife sanctuary, only 66 sq km running along the north bank of the Zambezi, encompassed in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Because the park is small, it affords a wonderfully relaxing drive alongside the river for much of the circular route and the wide variety of species can be easily seen. The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the park and the surrounding area. One can take a pleasant drive around the park in a couple of hours and all the species there should be seen at close range. Since there are no predators, they are very relaxed and afford some excellent photo opportunities.

Visitors can drive their own vehicles through the park or go on organised open vehicle game drives and recently elephant back safaris have been introduced. Within this park is the Old Drift cemetery where the first European settlers were buried. Livingstone's main street is dotted with classic colonial buildings, and while some are decaying, many others have been restored. Victorian tin roofed houses with wooden verandas are a typical example of the English settler architecture and there is also a distinct art-deco influence. Livingstone is a quiet lazy little town with much charm and a feeling of optimism in the air.

Accommodation in the Victoria Falls Area
1.   Fawlty Towers is right in the middle of Livingstone on the Mosi-o-Tunya Road in the Adventure Centre.

2.  Bushbuck River House is located just outside the National Park on the banks of the Zambezi, just 16km upstream from the falls.

3.  Maramba River Lodge is on the main road from Livingstone to the Falls, up river on an exquisite island in the Zambezi.

4.  Ngolide Lodge on Mosi-o-Tunya Rd is just 8 kms from the falls.

5. Stanley Safari Lodge is erected on a hill overlooking the spray of the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.

6.  Tongabezi Lodge is positioned on the banks of the river, with stunning views across the Zambezi. 

7.  Sussi & Chuma is an enchanting riverbank hideaway, just 10 minutes upstream of the Victoria Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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