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Lower Zambezi National Park

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When to Go?

Best Time to Visit Lower Zambezi

Primarily a dry season destination, the Lower Zambezi National Park is at its best from May through August. Temperatures are at their lowest (daytime averages of 28°C/82°F in June and July), there is virtually no rain and the malaria risk is at its lowest. It is still dry in September and October but prepare for hot temperatures (October’s daytime average is 36°C/97°F). Animals are concentrated at the water’s edge and game viewing tends to be very good at this time.

The rains begin in November, forcing many camps to close, reopening in April after the rains have ended. Travel to the Lower Zambezi is not generally recommended at this time: the risk of malaria is at its highest, much of the wildlife has dispersed and there are days of extremely heavy rain.

If you are also planning to visit Victoria Falls, a degree of compromise is needed to see each destination at its best. Victoria Falls is in peak flow from February to May but much of the Lower Zambezi is closed then. And when game viewing is peaking in intensity at the Lower Zambezi in September and October, much of Victoria Falls is dry, especially the Zambian side. We recommend combining the Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls between May and August.

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar
Rainy season: many camps closed, high malaria risk
April May Jun Jul
Dry season: great game viewing; best time to combine with Vic Falls
Aug Sep Oct
Late Dry Season: very hot; excellent game viewing

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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