Home of the thundering smoke

While Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park may be one of the smallest of its kind in Zambia, it packs a punch unlike any other. What’s its secret? The park is home to 25% of Victoria Falls, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the seasonal Devil’s Pool. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park gives visitors a view of the dramatic Eastern Cataract which runs down the length of the mighty Victoria Falls.

But the Vic Falls experience doesn’t stop there! Cross the footbridge that sways through a cloud of spray towards the Knife Edge, a slippery walkway that runs right along the crags. Or make your way down the slopes to the banks of the Zambezi where the Boiling Pot (a massive whirlpool) roars away.

Spanning a mere 66km², this park is nonetheless also great for a healthy dose of game-viewing with your sight-seeing. Several species of antelope, as well as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and warthog, call the park home while elephants can often be spotted crossing the Zambezi towards Mosi-oa-Tunya’s ‘sister park’ on the Zimbabwean side of the border. Plus: bird-watchers will be delighted to hear the park is home to 35 species of raptors such as Taita falcon, black eagle, peregrine falcon and augur buzzard.

Highlights

  • A view to the Eastern Cataract of Victoria Falls, which looks down the length of this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
  • Home to the Knife Edge (a thrilling walk along the edge of the fall’s cliffs) and the Boiling Pot (a whirlpool in the Zambezi River)
  • A paradise for bird-watchers with 35 species of raptors (such as Taita falcon, black eagle, peregrine falcon and augur buzzard) recorded here
  • Sightings of elephant, zebra, buffalo, and several species of antelope
  • Best time to go:
  • Best
  • Mixed

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