The Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Zambia’s most exceptional wildlife areas. Together with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve on the opposite banks of the river, the area provides a massive trans-frontier wildlife sanctuary.
Most activities are concentrated along the Zambezi where you’ll find animals drinking along the banks or taking a mid-day swim. In addition to game drives and walking safaris, the area offers cruises, canoeing, and tiger fishing (best between September and May). Your river activities will bring regular close encounters with hippo, elephant, crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck and even the occasional predator hunting or drinking from the shallower banks. Be on the lookout for colorful Carmine Bee-Eeaters darting in and out of their hides dug into the riverbanks.
The Lower Zambezi is accessible via direct flights from Lusaka or Mfuwe, or from Livingstone (via Lusaka).
We believe the best months to visit are July through September. By October it’s often too hot but if you can handle the heat, the game viewing is at it’s absolute peak.
Our favorite accommodation in Lower Zambezi National Park
Sausage Tree Camp
Chongwe River Camp
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