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Lower Zambezi National Park

Powerful crocodile on the banks of the Lower Zambezi Powerful crocodile on the banks of the Lower Zambezi
Walking up on a herd of buffalo in the Lower Zambezi Walking up on a herd of buffalo in the Lower Zambezi
Fly fishing with a keen spectator Fly fishing with a keen spectator
Canoeing past an African elephant Canoeing past an African elephant
Flying over the beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park Flying over the beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park
Boat cruise on the Lower Zambezi Boat cruise on the Lower Zambezi
A pin tailed whydah in the Lower Zambezi National Park A pin tailed whydah in the Lower Zambezi National Park
Lion spotted whilst on an evening game drive Lion spotted whilst on an evening game drive
Game viewing from Chiawa Camp Game viewing from Chiawa Camp
Elephant on game drive at Old Mondoro Elephant on game drive at Old Mondoro
African crocodile swimming in the Lower Zambezi African crocodile swimming in the Lower Zambezi
Heading out on a boat cruise on the Lower Zambezi River Heading out on a boat cruise on the Lower Zambezi River
Elephant strolling past a guest tent Elephant strolling past a guest tent

Explore Africa's mighty Zambezi River

The Zambezi is Africa’s fourth longest river and forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe. 100 km downstream from Victoria Falls the river widens to almost 2 km. On its northern bank is one of Zambia’s best known national parks – the Lower Zambezi. Here the grassy floodplain runs up to a series of steep sided hills, as the river runs through the dramatic scenery that so inspired David Livingstone during his historic journey into the heart of Africa. Most visitors to the park comment on the diverse scenery and wealth of wildlife - the guest comment books at any of the luxury lodges pay tribute to epic safari adventures and authentic African experiences.

From the river there is a gradual change from open plains to woodland and dense forest all with the backdrop of the mountains. The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4092 square kilometers, but most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. The valley is home to a large number of mammal species including elephant, hippo, buffalo, kudu, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, klipspringer, lion, leopard, hyenas, African wild dog, serval, civet, genet, aardvark, chac-ma baboon and vervet and blue monkeys... just to name a few.

The Zambezi is Africa’s fourth longest river and forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe. 100 km downstream from Victoria Falls the river widens to almost 2 km. On its northern bank is one of Zambia’s best known national parks – the Lower Zambezi. Here the grassy floodplain runs up to a series of steep sided hills, as the river runs through the dramatic scenery that so inspired David Livingstone during his historic journey into the heart of Africa. Most visitors to the park comment on the diverse scenery and wealth of wildlife - the guest comment books at any of the luxury lodges pay tribute to epic safari adventures and authentic African experiences.

From the river there is a gradual change from open plains to woodland and dense forest all with the backdrop of the mountains. The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4092 square kilometers, but most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. The valley is home to a large number of mammal species including elephant, hippo, buffalo, kudu, zebra, impala, bushbuck, duiker, klipspringer, lion, leopard, hyenas, African wild dog, serval, civet, genet, aardvark, chac-ma baboon and vervet and blue monkeys... just to name a few.

With the Zambezi River as one of the parks natural boundaries, the area also attracts an abundance of bird life estimated to include almost 400-bird species and if you listen carefully you may hear the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle. Wildlife seems to be less bothered by people when they are at water level and this park offers spectacular opportunities, to get close to animals from a canoe or boat. If you are keen to get up close and personal and up for a jaunt on the river, you can take a canoe trip down the lower Zambezi. Explore the extreme delights of being on the water in and amongst the wild. The river is wide here and still forms channels as it does in the Upper Zambezi but there are less of these in the main stream and the water is deeper in the middle. Canoeing safaris give you the chance to explore the channels where wildlife converge to drink and graze. This is Zambia’s newest Park and as such is still relatively undeveloped, but its beauty lies in its absolute wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular.

The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. The river’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, mostly diasporus, ficus and other riverine species. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees Acacia albida. The hills which form the backdrop to the park are covered in broadleaf woodland.The tranquil river and floodplain scene is punctured by a huge variety of wildlife with antelopes and buffalo wandering in and out of the picture and herds of elephants up to 100 strong. Baboons and vervet monkeys thrive here with their main enemy being the leopard. Lions prefer zebra or buffalo. Territorial hippos and huge crocodiles inhabit the river in abundance. Bird watchers will be thrilled at the colorful array of birds including kingfishers, lovebirds, parrots and hornbills, and also upon hearing the distinctive 'cry of Africa' from majestic fish eagles. Fishing is very popular in the Zambezi and the 'striped river dog' or tiger fish, attracts anglers from all over the world. They can be caught on fly, spinner or bait.

Enquire with one of our Travel Experts for advice on planning your safari to the Lower Zambezi. They have thoroughly explored the area and the luxury lodges and tented camps on offer and can easily help you plan and book your safari.

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Canoe Safaris »

A canoe excursion

The Lower Zambezi National Park is dominated by the meandering Zambezi River on whose Northern fringes, the park lies. The vast majority of the park’s lodges are located on the river banks lending themselves perfectly to a wide variety of river based game viewing activities. Although conventional game drives and walks are offered here, it is the ‘river experience’ that will be engrained long in your memory. Drift along the Zambezi River, steered by your professional guide and watch dramatic scenes unfold before you – watch elephants drinking contently from the riverbanks, hippos bathing and crocodiles slipping in and out of the water- a thrilling safari experience.

Tiger Fishing »

Tiger fishing is a must

The fishing on this stretch of the Zambezi is as diverse as it is exciting, with opportunities for the skilled and casual angler alike. Tigers are the species that everyone wants to catch, however you can also expect massive vundu and other smaller species such as bream and nwembe. There are in fact over 75 species of fish in the Lower Zambezi. As well as catering for the serious angler, the Lower Zambezi Lodges offer experienced fishing guides equally as happy to help first timers whose excitement of catching their first fish is always a pleasure and a surprise. We strongly recommend taking in a fishing activity whilst in camp- please ask one of our consultants to advise you on the best time of year to visit.

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Our Favourite Lower Zambezi Tours & Accommdation

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Old Mondoro Camp »

Chiawa Camp remains the foremost safari camp in the Lower Zambezi and has been voted as one of Africa’s top ten safari camps. Resting peacefully on the riverbank, Chiawa Camp has a reputation for professional and personal service, a friendly atmosphere and excellent game viewing.

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Chongwe River Camp »

Chongwe River Camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, a pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent's most picturesque wilderness areas. Chongwe is owner run and managed and offers a superb safari experience.

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Chiawa Camp »

Chiawa Camp remains the foremost safari camp in the Lower Zambezi and has been voted as one of Africa’s top ten safari camps. Resting peacefully on the riverbank, the Camp has a reputation for professional and personal service, friendly atmosphere and excellent game viewing.

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Chongwe River House »

Chongwe River House, which sleeps eight in four spacious en-suite bedrooms, makes an ideal safari base for a family or a group of friends. With beautiful river views, the house comes with the use of private vehicles, guides, canoes, a boat, private chef and an armed scout.

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A Taste of Zambia »

A great trip combining two very exciting destinations – South Luangwa known for its amazing game walking safaris and the Lower Zambezi which offers canoeing safaris and night drives. Enjoy top quality game drives, memorable bush walks and top fishing.

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Exclusive Zambia »

It’s hard to imagine a better exclusive safari package in the whole of Africa. This trip is ideal for families or friends looking for a combination of the South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls. An extremely private top class safari experience!

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Zambia Safari and the Falls »

This itinerary is a veritable “best of” Zambia combining two major National Parks and culminating with a stay by the World Famous Victoria Falls. This trip offers superb game viewing and the stay at the Falls is the perfect end to your Zambian journey.

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Sausage Tree Camp »

Sausage Tree camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi River. This exclusive safari camp specializes in affording you the best game viewing, with traditional safari style. Six luxurious Bedouin style tents and top service offer you a truly classic African wildlife experience.

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