Lower Zambezi National Park Parks and Reserves
Lower Zambezi National Park is found in a vast valley created by a huge rift in the Earth’s crust, through which the mighty Zambezi River flows. The mineral-rich deposits from ancient volcanoes deposited here over millennia have created a lush, tropical paradise for a large assortment of vegetation and wildlife, mirrored on its opposite banks by Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
* Lower Zambezi National Park Highlights
- ∞One of Zambia's most popular safari destinations
- ∞Varied terrain - escarpment to valley floor
- ∞Well-known for walking safaris
- ∞Canoe and boat safaris through rivers full of hippos & crocodiles
- ∞Excellent birding, particularly for water birds and waders
- ∞Catch & release tiger fishing
- ∞Superb collection of bush camps and safari lodges along the Zambezi
Safari Camps & Lodges
Lower Zambezi is heralded by some as having some of the most inviting, unusual bush camps and lodges in Zambia. And, of course, you’ll find the levels of personal service and guiding typically Zambian, typically terrific. Many of the camps are private and owner-run, and you can expect friendly, warm hospitality - as our consistently enthusiastic reports from very happy guests testify.
Most of the safari lodges and camps offer two game activities per day: an early morning one and then a late afternoon/early evening excursion. The midday hours are usually spent at camp, with ample time for a leisurely lunch and siesta.
Game drives are offered in open safari vehicles. Most lodges offer walking safaris and some also offer boating and canoe safaris to get you really up close and personal. Whichever type of game viewing you prefer, you’ll always be accompanied by a qualified, knowledgeable guide and an armed ranger (for walking safaris). Fishing is also superb (famous for its tiger fish), strictly on a catch-&-release basis.
Fauna & Flora
With a combination of high, hilly ground and the wide floodplains, the vegetation is varied and interesting, from thick woodlands and riverine bush to areas with sparse undergrowth, perfect for bush walks.
You’ll likely to see huge herds of buffalo, elephant and impala and healthy populations of kudu, waterbuck, eland, bushbuck and zebra and wildebeest. The rivers teem with crocodiles and hippos. Predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and the occasional pack of African wild dogs. This area has no rhino, giraffe and cheetah.
Birding is outstanding with numerous species of water birds and waders – storks, herons, kingfishers, darters, cormorants, egrets, spoonbills and fish eagles.
Fly-ins are without doubt the best way to get there, with several airstrips servicing the safari camps and lodges scattered along the banks of the river. There are roads, and some sections can be done by boat, but the distances are considerable and can consume time better spent game viewing.
Flight packages can be arranged from the main centres of Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe (South Luangwa) so you can include a few of the destinations in your itinerary.
Chat to us about your travel dates, preferences and budget and we’ll be happy to design a dream itinerary for you – without obligation – combining some of Zambia’s top safari destinations for you to explore and enjoy.