What You Need To Know About the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

By Focus Online Team on November 13, 2018

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the Upper Zambezi on the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Not only does the park include the magnificent Victoria Falls, but also incredible wildlife and fantastic game viewing and bird watching that can be done in the comfort of your own vehicle. Here’s everything you need to know about, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia.

Victoria Falls

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Includes Victoria Falls

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park forms the south-western boundary of the city of Livingstone and has two main sections: a wildlife park at its north-western end, and the land along the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the rainy season the Victoria Falls is the world’s largest curtain of falling water. Small antelopes and warthogs live in this area and can be seen on the paths leading to the Falls.

Mosi-oa-Tunya Means ‘The Smoke Which Thunders”

‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ comes from the Kololo or Lozi language and the name is now used throughout Zambia, and in parts of Zimbabwe. Before David Livingstone saw the Victoria Falls and named them for his queen, the Falls were known as Mosi-oa-Tunya by local people. This was because of the rising cloud of spray generated from the Falls and the great sound of the water hurtling over 100m to the bottom of the gorge. At its peak, the towering column of spray from Mosi-oa-Tunya can be seen and heard from miles away.

Livingstone's Adventure

It is One of the Smallest National Parks in Africa

Although there are plans to extend Mosi-oa-Tunya further up the river, currently it covers 66 square km (or 25 square miles) from the Songwe Gorge below the Falls in a north-west arc along about 20 km of the Zambian river bank. Visitors can take a pleasant drive around the park in a couple of hours and lots of animal species can be seen at close quarters.

There is Wildlife to See in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

The wildlife section of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is picturesque, home to riverine forests dotted with palm trees and grassland. The park is home to lots of birdlife and wildlife including giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hippo, elephant, crocodile and white rhino. Our Batoka Sky microlight flights are one of the best ways to see the wildlife resident in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Activities to Try in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

There are lots of activities on offer on the Zambian side of the Falls. Apart from guided or self-drive game viewing, walking safaris can be arranged in the park as well as river boat safaris and quad bike eco safaris to a village on the outskirts of the park.  Our David Livingstone Footsteps Activity Combos explore the best of Mosi-oa-Tunya, including a thrilling experience in Devil’s Pool and a Livingstone Island lunch.

For more information about any of the activities on offer above, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team at We look forward to welcoming you to Zambia.

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