Arriving by air, once over the Zambezi escarpment the pilot will begin to lower the plane and the great rift valley of the Lower Zambezi unfolds before you.
You will see curving oxbow lagoons and the sandy waters of the great Zambezi River. Black pods of hippo litter the water, clumped herds of buffalo can be seen on the floodplains, and elephant move, ears flapping and trunks up, through the trees and away from the sound of the plane. Stopping on the dusty runway you step out, the heat envelops you and you make your way to the waiting vehicle, ready to take you to camp.
Wildlife of Lower Zambezi National Park
With its floodplains, grasslands and tall forests the Lower Zambezi Valley supports fantastic game densities. Impala are everywhere and kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra and wildebeest are common. Elephant are often seen swimming the Zambezi River to feed on the grassy islands where buffalo also graze. The sandy river banks are home to iridescent carmine bee-eater colonies while kingfishers and African skimmers flit above the waters. Predators include leopard, large prides of lion and packs of wild dog.
There are a good range of activities in the park from walking safaris to drives, boating and fishing, and we recommend a stay of at least three days to explore it fully.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Lower Zambezi National Park
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Lower Zambezi National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for the Lower Zambezi National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Lower Zambezi National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
A favorite of the local elephants, Chongwe River Camp sits on the edge of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, a natural home to all manner of wildlife. Coupled with a charming, intimate tented camp, and unusual canoe safaris, Chongwe is an excellent option for an exciting experience in Zambia.
The Chongwe River House is unusual in appearance but high on luxury and character, with an absolutely fantastic location. It provides a unique base from which to explore the Lower Zambezi.
The lodge is located outside the national park in the Game Management Area, making it just a short drive to the park gates. Regardless of this, it has a great location right on the banks of the Zambezi river and is in a brilliant spot for watching the animals passing by.
Chiawa Camp is in a superb situation in the heart of the park, overlooking the river. Activities include walks, day and night drives, canoe trips and boat trips.
Anabezi Camp boasts an excellent location, deeper into the eastern section of the Lower Zambezi National Park than any other camp.
Old Mondoro is a very peaceful camp and ideal for those seeking somewhere really in the wilds. It is surrounded by good walking country making this the ideal camp from which to enjoy walks as well as game drives and river activities.
Potato Bush is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River with stunning views over the river and escarpment. The camp has four tents: three standard luxury tents and one family tent, all shaded by huge Acacia Tortilis and Mahogany trees.
Sausage Tree is a superb camp, with ultra-luxurious rooms often surrounded by wildlife, particularly elephant and hippo. It enjoys a superb location right in the middle of the national park, and the guiding and service are both top class.