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A wildlife wonderland on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River

Renowned for its supreme wildlife viewing and striking landscapes, the Lower Zambezi National Park is a beautifully unspoiled reserve in south-eastern Zambia.

Situated on the north-eastern banks of the iconic Zambezi River, the park covers an expanse of 4,092 square kilometres. Sitting opposite the spectacular Mana Pools Reserve across the border in Zimbabwe, the park is part of one Africa’s largest and finest wildlife regions.

Despite the sweeping size of the Lower Zambezi, most of its rich wildlife can be spotted on the valley floor as they congregate around water sources and fertile banks. With around 57 mammal species and nearly 400 recorded bird species, the park is a haven for wildlife sightings.

Take a mesmerising game drive to spot prowling lions and leopards, impressive populations of buffalo, waterbuck, zebras, impala and bushbuck, and the endangered Cape wild dog (Painted wild dog). You’ll also see large herds of up to one hundred elephants as they roam the plains munching on the leaves of Acacia trees.

The incredible array of birdlife includes colourful carmine bee-eater colonies, black eagles, fish eagle, trumpeter hornbill, kingfishers, African skimmers, Meyer’s parrot and Lilian’s lovebird.

Largely undeveloped, the Lower Zambezi offers only a few luxurious camps spread across the pristine wilderness. The camps offer a range of fantastic activities and even offer spectacular wildlife sighting right from the camp decks and hides.

You can take an intimate bushwalk with trained guides through the stunning floodplains, towering mopane forests and swaying grasslands. Venture out on a night game drive to spot the Zambezi’s nocturnal creatures such as hyenas, porcupines, civets, genets and honeybadgers.

Your first glimpse of the park will be from the air as you fly in over the Zambezi’s maze of islands and oxbow lagoons. Get even closer to this amazing ecosystem with a canoe trip or boating safari down the churning river.

You’ll spot pods of hippos sunning themselves on the sandy banks, buffalo grazing on the grassy islets, and elephants swimming through the river to get to greener pastures.

To see even more of the national park, enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Chongwe Falls and visit the local Goba villages to gain an enriching insight into their unique culture.

Get involved with the park’s fantastic conversation efforts by attending an elephant workshop. You’ll learn about the fascinating social structures and behavioural patterns of elephants and the harmful effects of poaching in Africa.

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Best times to visit Lower Zambezi National Park

The best time to visit the Lower Zambezi National Park is during the dry season from May to October, when the weather is clear and sunny. Wildlife spotting is best from July to October when the bush is at its driest and the animals are forced to congregate around the rivers. April to August sees the best weather with cooler temperatures and little rain, while October becomes very hot leading into the rainy season. November to April is the wet season with fresh green scenery, fewer crowds, newborn animals and fantastic birdwatching, however, the hot, humid weather can become quite challenging. Furthermore, the heavy rains can make some roads impassable and many lodges close during this season.

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Zambia Safaris Featuring Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a highlight on most of our suggested Zambia itineraries. Fly into lavish camps on our Luxury Zambia Holiday and Zambia Honeymoon Safari, stay in the remotest corners of the park on our Zambia Off the Beaten Track holiday and enjoy exciting activities from boating safaris to night drives on our Zambia Family Safari Holiday. See the famous Zambezi River before heading to the iconic Victoria Falls on our Classic Zambia Safari & Victoria Falls Holiday.

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Lodges & Camps in Lower Zambezi National Park

Chiawa Camp is renowned across Africa for its luxurious tents, excellent game viewing and lavish amenities including a pool. Old Mondoro Camp is a more private option with only five chalets, outdoor bathtubs and sweeping decks where you can see elephants passing below. Potato Bush Camp’s spacious tents are perfect for families with large living areas and a private plunge pool, while honeymooners will adore the romantic luxury tents in the intimate Tusk & Mane Camp.

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