Lower Zambezi

Zambia

The Zambezi River is the lifeblood of the Lower Zambezi National Park. After cascading over Victoria Falls into the Batoka Gorge, it slopes down into the Zambezi Valley, and it is on the northern bank of the river that you will find the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The Lower Zambezi is known for its healthy populations of big game, particularly four of the Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion), zebra, bushbuck and kudu. Large pods of hippo relax in the calm waters and crocodiles sunbathe along the 120km-long riverfront. Predators like African wild dogs have to defend their kills from spotted hyena, hooded vultures and other scavengers.

A 350-species bird count is why avid birders return time and again to the Lower Zambezi. It is a year-round birding destination, although the wet summer months are particularly excellent due to the arrival of migrant species. From the ever elusive Pel’s fishing owl and Verreaux’s eagle to the African pitta and collared pratincole, the park’s winged residents are a special drawcard.

Canoeing along the river gives you the chance to experience nature from a different vantage point and get a little closer to the wildlife that thrive here. Start the day drifting down the Zambezi on a canoe, perhaps casting a fishing line in the water or simply relaxing while taking in the birdlife along the riverbank. Then, end it enjoying sundowner drinks after a game drive or on a sunset boat cruise. Walking safaris and game drives are a great way to explore the woodland savannah and forests beyond the river.

The limited number of lodges inside give it a particularly remote feel. More accommodation can be found outside the park, with prices suitable for most budgets. The Lower Zambezi is a secluded park in Zambia, so crowds are unlikely and a true wilderness experience certain. The wide range of activities offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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