Victoria Falls National Park is the Zimbabwe protected area of the shared natural wonder of Victoria Falls with Zambia’s protected area being Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Together, these two national parks protect the world’s largest waterfall.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizing this feat of nature as the largest waterfall in the world. The falls reach a height of 355 feet (108 m) and stretch across 5,604 feet (1,708 m) creating the largest single sheet of falling water.
Victoria Falls National Park is even smaller than its neighbouring Mosi-oa-Tunya covering an area of only 9 square miles (23.4 sq km). The Zambezi River is the source of the falls which also serves as part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls is actually comprised of five individual falls, of which, four of them are located on the Zimbabwe side of the border. These include Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. The fifth Eastern Cataract is located on the Zambia side of the border.
Elephant, buffalo, white rhino, eland, hippo, and varying antelope can be experienced with short game drives in the park. Animals are not the reason to visit, but they do add to the overall nature experience. There is also a massive balboa tree that measures 52 feet (16 m) in diameter and 65.6 feet (20 m) high.
It is imperative that you leverage the microlites or a helicopter and get an aerial view of the falls. This is one of the best ways to capture the grandeur of Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side is well paved and fairly accessible. There are some stairs, but apart from that just follow the path. There are no trails in the wilderness part of the park. This is accessed by a vehicle as you drive through the park with a chance to see wildlife as well as the protected enormous balboa tree.