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Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and closes the impressive Victoria Falls. The Zambezi River forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe; both countries have a national park which includes waterfalls. For Zambia, this is the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park that means "The Smoke Which Thunders' and refers to the huge amount of rising fog caused by the waterfall in the wet season and the roaring sound of the falling water. Zimbabwe is called the park around the falls; Victoria Falls National Park.

Mosi-oa-Tunya N. P. covers an area of ​​66 km2 and is divided into two separate parks, each with its own entrance, a safari park and the Victoria Falls. The wildlife section of the park consists of dense forest along the Zambezi River, Bushveld and grassland. During safari activities you can spot rhino, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, impala, eland, zebra, monkeys and swine. Elephants come in the dry season to cross the river. A variety of birds can be seen here.

In this wildlife area you will also find the "Old Drift Cemetery" where the first Europeans who settled here, were buried here. Many of them died of the then unknown disease malaria. These explorers thought the trees with green-yellow bark were the cause of the disease and the trees were therefore called "fever trees" ("fever trees" since the disease was accompanied by high fever). Later they went a little further to Livingstone town where they settled.

The other part of this national park includes the impressive Victoria Falls and the cliffs opposite the falls where there are footpaths for visitors. Especially during high tide there is a large amount of mist rising from the falls which makes a rain cape a must as well as shoes with good grip. You walk here partly through the rainforest where rare plants grow such as ebony, ivory palm, wild date palm and lianas. Here there are monkeys, boars, klipspringers, otters and some beautiful falcons and eagles while navigating the route along the waterfalls. The part of the river just before where the water pours down is occasionally used by elephants to cross the river.

In November 2005, a statue of Livingstone was unveiled and a plaque on Livingstone Island, the place where he, the first European, saw the falls for the first time. The original and more famous statue of Livingstone stands on the side of Zimbabwe.

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