Victoria Falls Zambian Side
In Zambia Victoria Falls is officially called Mosi-oa-Tunya, the indigenous name meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”.
The Zambian side of Victoria Falls has gained popularity as a tourist destination in recent years and offers visitors plenty of accommodation and activity options. Livingstone town and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park are located on the Zambian side of the falls, offering tourist attractions and excellent game viewing.
Livingstone – Zambian side of Victoria Falls
Livingstone is the nearest town to Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, offering numerous comfortable accommodation options and action packed activities in and around the historic town centre.
Livingstone, named after the renowned explorer David Livingstone, lies 10 km south of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River. The old colonial capital, today acts as a tourism hub and gateway to the Victoria Falls and nearby Mosi Oa Tunya National Park.
The capital of the Southern Province of Zambia, Livingstone is a less compact town offering a quieter travel experience than Victoria Falls Town on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is of historic and cultural interest, housing Zambia’s oldest museum and the bustling local market place, Maramba Market. It serves as a border town with road and railway connections to the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – Zambian side of Victoria Falls
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site and covers 66 km sq (25.5 sq mi). The game park arcs in a north-westerly direction from below the falls at Songwe Gorge stretching along about 20 km of the Zambezi on the Zambian river side.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park borders Livingstone on the southwest boundary of the town and consists of two sections – the wildlife park in the northwest and the cliffs at Victoria Falls.
The park is home to numerous antelope species, including sable, eland, buffalo and impala. Game viewing in the compact Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offers excellent photo opportunities, due its safety owing to the absence of predators. The park offers elephant back safaris and birding opportunities as it is home to a variety of bird species.
Other wildlife includes giraffe, zebra and warthog, as well as smaller animals and roaming elephants that cross the Zambezi at times.
From the riverbanks hippo and crocodile can be seen and both Vervet monkeys and baboons are common in the national park even beyond the wildlife area. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to Zambia’s last remaining whine rhino.
The vegetation in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park consists of mopane and miombo woodland, tall riverine forest with ilala palm trees and grassland.