Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

Mosi Oa Tunya National Park is the Zambia protected area of the shared Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe’s national park being Victoria Falls National Park.

The name locally translates into, “The Smoke Which Thunders.”  Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage site serving as home to Victoria Falls which is the largest waterfall in the world.

The national park is only 25 square miles (66 sq km) big.  Although, Victoria Falls is the pinnacle of the park, visitors can take a half day safari through the park and experience rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, and crocodile are possible wildlife sightings in this small national park.

There are a number of ways to experience the falls on the Zambia side.  There are short trails that travel above the falls, however the primary views come from the trail in the rainforest which is across the gorge facing into the falls.

The falls plummet to the bottom of the gorge floor and then rise back up well over the falls, creating the smoke that thunders, and returns back down as rain.  This moisture creates the rainforest environment found only in that area.

Highlights:

  • Victoria Falls, world’s largest waterfall
  • Microlites over the falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Rhino sighting / rhino walks

The number one attraction in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is Victoria Falls and often the reason travelers visit Zambia.  On the Zambia side, visitors have an opportunity to experience the rainforest side of the gorge as well as see the face of Victoria Falls.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park does offer visitors with game safari drives.  Sighting one of the few rhinos that call the park home is a highlight.  These rhinos are guarded 24 hours a day 7 days a week by armed guards.

 

 Sources: 

Lonely Planet, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, https://www.lonelyplanet.com/zambia/livingstone/attractions/mosi-oa-tunya-national-park/a/poi-sig/1346636/1329668, retrieved July 2019.

Zambia Tourism, https://www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/, retrieved July 2019

UNESCO, Victoria Falls, https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/509/, retrieved July 2019