Lower Zambezi National Park

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The Lower Zambezi National Park

One of Zambia’s top safari destinations, the Lower Zambezi National Park protects 120 kilometres of Zambezi riverfront and its wild hinterland. It’s a place of snorting hippos and lazy-eyed crocodiles, home to elephants and big cats, buffalo, baboons and antelope.

Still largely unknown and little visited, the Lower Zambezi National Park offers a first-class safari experience and combines easily with Victoria Falls and even South Luangwa, home to the best walking safaris in Africa.

There are a handful of safari camps – either in the park itself or set in an adjoining private concession. You’ll fly in from Lusaka or Livingstone, transfer by 4X4 to your lodge and plan your stay. Expect a wide range of safari experiences: day and night game drives, guided nature walks, river cruises and canoe expeditions. You may have the chance to visit local communities and even throw a line overboard for a tiger fish or two.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a destination with broad appeal: there are honeymoon lodges as well as family-friendly villas. Bird watchers are richly rewarded throughout the year and wildlife photographers have a spread of subjects and scenery. Accommodation sits in prime position at the water’s edge with beautiful views of the river – and its wildlife. Lodges are unfenced with their viewing decks usually overlooking pods of hippo; it’s not unusual to see elephants moving through camp.

Lower Zambezi guides are highly trained and offer flexible safari programmes. You could start with an early morning drive, go on a short guided walk after brunch and then sit back on an afternoon river cruise. Internet access, sundecks and swimming pools provide the diversions between activities.

Talk to Safari Online about a Lower Zambezi safari; it’s easy to combine with Victoria Falls and other safari destinations in Zambia and Botswana. We’ll recommend the best tour or accommodation for your requirements or will tailor-make an itinerary for you.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Go on a Game Drive

Day & night game drives are led by sharp-eyed guides on the lookout for the interesting & the extraordinary. Vehicles are raised high & have open sides to offer the best photographic opportunities.

2. Walk the Walk

Guided walks reveal the smaller details of the Zambezi: birds, insects & animal tracks. You can visit local communities with your guide, giving you a unique insight into village life in big game country.

3. Paddle the Zambezi

Trade the 4X4 for a kayak & hit the Zambezi with your guide. It’s pure adventure as you negotiate your way downstream, your guides picking safe lines. Choose between morning excursions & all-day trips.

4. Search for Big Cats

The Lower Zambezi’s forested riverfront is prime leopard country; its game-rich savannah ideal for prides of lion – your guide will be searching for both.

5. Cruise the Sunset

You don’t have to paddle a kayak to enjoy being on the Zambezi – lodges also offer motorised boat trips, a great way to see river wildlife & the best way to watch the sunset.

6. Go Bird Watching

Several hundred bird species have been recorded in the Lower Zambezi, from eagles & vultures to tiny sunbirds & brightly coloured bee-eaters. It’s a birding paradise, especially in summer when migrant species arrive.

7. Catch & Release Fishing

Fishing for tiger fish, for those who are keen, is one of the seaonal specialties of the Zambezi River. We say seasonal as definitely the best time to catch them is from late August to mid November during the hotter months.

8. Get Romantic

Classic African landscapes, starry night skies & idyllic accommodation make Lower Zambezi a memorable honeymoon destination. Couples enjoy private dining, indulgent pampering & discreet service.

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