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Lower Zambezi National Park

About Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park occupies the south-eastern corner of Zambia, bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique and, as the name suggests, runs along the lower reaches of the Zambezi River. Having permanent water flow from the Zambezi makes the park one of the most game-rich in Africa, with visitors able to view the animals from game viewing vehicles, on walks, by motorboat or canoeing. 

Accommodation here is varied in terms of its style. However, it boasts one of our all-time favourite camps in Zambia called Sausage Tree (as well as it's sister camp Potato Bush) and the new, ultra stylish Anabezi. For those looking for something a little more family orientated, Chongwe River House is wonderful (think The Flintstones but with a luxury twist!) and Tsika Island Camp is perfect for those looking for something more rustic and adventurous. 

The Lower Zambezi works really well as the middle stop in a trip through Zambia, often sandwiched between some time at Victoria Falls and the South Luangwa National Park, giving visitors three very varied, but equally fascinating experiences of this magnificent country.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • Boating trips along the Zambezi are a superb way to to see the animals in the park
  • Tiger fishing is possible in season and most camps have a fishing guide who can take you out for an exhilarating afternoon fishing with a picnic and some cool drinks
  • The backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment makes for some breathtaking scenery, especially at sunset

Wildlife

  • Elephant, hippo,buffalo lion, leopard, wild dogs, hyena, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu

Seasons

  • June to October - Peak safari season, when the cooler temperatures and lack of rains mean that the game viewing is at it's best. Some stunning plant life starts to flower, including the iconic Sausage Tree as the bush turns from a lush green to bright red. It can be cool in the evenings so pack accordingly
  • October to March - The warmest and wettest time of the year, when some camps take the opportunity to close as access becomes difficult. It is a great time of year for fishing and birding, as well as for seeing the plains game give birth to their young
  • April to May - A brief "shoulder" season between the rains and the dryer winter months - the bush is a stunning green colour, drawing in a variety of migratory birds and this is a superb time of year for spotting leopard

In The Know

    • For keen fishermen, this is a fantastic destination, with many lodges offering dedicated Tiger fishing trips onto the Zambezi, with September to December the best time to enjoy this
    • In between the walks and the game drives, you should take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely canoe excursion down the Zambezi - this is a wonderful way to view the park and very relaxing too
    • With over 500 species of birds, the Lower Zambezi is a twitchers' paradise. Guides here are always keen birders too and more than happy to spend an afternoon with you and a bird book helping to identify what you spot

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