Lower Zambezi National Park
A park with a variety of game viewing activities on the land and water...
The Lower Zambezi Valley is a huge rift in the earth’s crust that homes the mighty Zambezi River and two national parks either side (Mana Pools National Park sits on the Zimbabwean side and on the Zambian side, is the infamous Lower Zambezi National Park). With the exception of rhino, giraffe and cheetah, the Lower Zambezi homes all of the desirable big game. On the land, plentiful predators, herds of elephant and buffalo can be seen; and on the water, boat trips along the Zambezi give you the chance to see hippos, crocodile and an array of bird life.
Located in central Zambia, flying into the park is the easiest, and most direct mode of transport. On landing, you will be met by the camps local vehicle and guide, and then transferred to the camp to begin your safari!
When to go?
Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is seasonal, with the best period between the months of June and October. The weather during these months is warm and dry, and as a result, the animals emerge from the high-temperature bush areas to concentrate around the Zambezi in large numbers. The period between November and April is the wet season and the majority of camps, and the scheduled internal flights are closed.
What to do?
With the mighty Zambezi flowing through, the park is fortunate to offer a variety of game viewing activities, including game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris. The majority of camps will also offer activities on the river that are less centred around the wildlife, such as canoeing (although game can be sighted on the river banks) and catch-and-release fishing. The water is clearest between May and June and the Zambezi is particularly famous for its tigerfish.
At a glance... The Lower Zambezi National Park
- Size 4,636 km²
- Location South-eastern Zambia, bordering Zimbabwe
- Recommended time 3 to 6 nights
- Time to visit Best between July and October
- Safari Activities Game drives, walking safaris, canoe trips, river cruises
- Topography open grassland/Acacia scrubland