Lower Zambezi National Park

Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park is rich in game, with leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo all found in abundance. With no roads into the reserve, safaris are an exclusive and personal experience.

Once the exclusive private domain of Zambia’s president, the 4,092 square kilometre Lower Zambezi National Park was proclaimed in 1983. Its location on the Zambezi floodplain encircled by a dramatic escarpment makes it immensely scenic. Sharing an unfenced border with a large game management area and facing Zimbabwe’s World Heritage-listed Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi is also rich in game, with leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo all found in abundance here.

Unlike popular parks such as South Africa’s Kruger, there are no roads into this wildlife preserve and as a result, most visitors will enjoy a very intimate gameviewing experience. Access by boat is common, with more intrepid travellers opting to canoe. Travelling in this manner, it’s possible to closely and unobtrusively observe wallowing pods of hippo as well as enormous herds of elephant often found bathing and drinking at river’s edge. It’s also an amazing way to appreciate the region’s outstanding birdlife.

The majority of lodges in the Lower Zambezi National Park offer beautiful riverside settings as well as numerous safari activities, from canoeing and fishing to traditional open vehicle game drives. It’s also possible in some places to embark on an exciting bush walk accompanied by an experienced guide and armed scout – not to be missed!

Location

Lower Zambezi National Park Highlights

  • A relatively small but very scenic wildlife reserve
  • Located opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site
  • With abundant big game such as lion, elephant, buffalo and hippo
  • Offering exclusive, intimate safari experiences
  • Gameviewing by canoe, boat, on foot and by open vehicle

When To Go

The most popular months to visit the Lower Zambezi National Park are June to September; however, great rates and fantastic wildlife experiences can be had in the “shoulder” months of May and Oct-Nov.

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Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Lower Zambezi National Park region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Chiawa Camp

Operated by a well-respected local family, outstanding Chiawa Camp is located in a prime gameviewing location deep within Zambia's scenic Lower Zambezi National Park.

Chongwe Safaris

One of the most reputable operators in Zambia, Chongwe Safaris owns and manages three acclaimed properties in the Lower Zambezi, the most famous being Chongwe River Camp.

Old Mondoro Camp

Family-run Old Mondoro Camp offers authentic yet luxurious safari experiences deep in the heart of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park.

Potato Bush Camp

Set in the game-rich Lower Zambezi National Park, stylish Potato Bush Camp overlooks the mighty Zambezi River which fans out into a spellbinding mosaic of densely forested islands and channels.

Sausage Tree Camp

Lavish Sausage Tree Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park offers some of Zambia’s best gameviewing along with the highest standards in luxury and service.

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Zambia Overview

Why should I travel to Zambia? Apart from being the site of the magnificent Victoria Falls, Zambia also offers game-rich wildlife parks that are relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. For the more adventurous, there are walking safaris and canoeing trips along the Zambezi River.

When is the best time to see animals in Zambia? Gameviewing is best during the dry season from Jun-Oct when the animals congregate at remaining waterholes.

What is the climate like in Zambia? There are 3 distinct seasons – cool and dry from May-July (23°-25°C), hot and dry from August-October (30°-40°C), and warm and wet from November-April (28°-35°C).

What can I combine Zambia with? Zambia’s neighbours – Botswana, Malawi or Zimbabwe – which all offer amazing scenery and wildlife. Or combine with South Africa and explore picturesque Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands.

How to get to Zambia? There are regular flights daily from Johannesburg in South Africa to Lusaka, where you can board connecting flights to a range of safari camps. There are also regular flights from Jo’burg into Livingstone, a large town close to the Victoria Falls. It is also possible to fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and then transfer by road to Zambia.

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