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Lower Zambezi Safaris

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This beautiful national park  boasts the most picturesque riverside setting. Along with a Lower Zambezi Safari and with all its associated wildlife, from large elephant and buffalo herds to abundant hippo and birdlife. The landscapes are diverse with woodland savannahs, riverine forests, broad floodplains and hills that form the Zambezi escarpment. Activities are as diverse as the landscapes with 4×4 game drives, walking safaris, canoeing and boating to fishing. Nothing beats an African sunset overlooking or better still, cruising down the Zambezi where wildlife congregate particularly in dry season.

Still considered to be a relatively under developed area, the Lower Zambezi is in a perfect wilderness state. Guests visiting the region will have an opportunity to experience the game here in a close and intimate manner. The rugged landscape makes for the perfect safari getaway, and the region is home to a spectacular escarpment and valley, with a vast majority of wildlife concentrating itself in the valley floor.



The beauty of the region lies in its remoteness. As the region is still considered a bit ‘ off the beaten track’ you would be hard stretched to come across fellow safari goers, with the impression that you have the entire region to yourself.

No fences means the wildlife roam free and you can get close here on foot, in 4×4, boating and canoeing.

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Top Five in Lower Zambezi

  1. Enjoy a game drive, while having the park to yourself. As mentioned above, the remoteness of the park and regulations around traffic, you won’t have many other vehicles at wildlife sightings, which is a truly impressive safari!
  2. Enjoy the water with canoeing safaris on offer, experience this magical world from a whole new vantage point.
  3. Look out for bird life, the water ways and grassy landscapes mean you will come across hundreds of species.
  4. Cast a line and try your luck at Tiger fishing.
  5. Sit back and relax. With all that is going on around you, why not take a moment to kick back and take it all in.

Lower Zambezi Accommodation

Despite being just a quick light aircraft flight from Lusaka, the Lower Zambezi park offers a feeling of remoteness and earthiness that has most safari goers feeling like that have taken a step back in time. With a variety of luxury lodges and tented camps to choose from, any safari style may be catered for here.

Most lodges will offer game drives, walking safaris and water based activities. Famed for its fantastic tiger fishing and a river that attracts great wildlife, you’ll spend time on boats, canoes and sand banks for stunning dining experiences. Anyone lucky enough to visit the park will be treated to a incredible safari experience.

Our favourite accommodation choices include, not limited to Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro (pictured), which are family owned and run. Royal Zambezi for its great location perched right on the Zambezi River, fantastic service and private guide and vehicle per room! Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camps that epitomise the uber luxury safari.

Others worthy of a mention are Anabezi and Chongwe River Camp. See the google map for locations (click on the pins).

Best time to visit Lower Zambezi

The Lower Zambezi is a seasonal safari destination. If game viewing is what you are after then travelling during the drier cooler months will be your best bet, between May and September.

Alternatively if grappling with the famous tigers in the river is your preferred activity, then we recommend September to October. During the wet season between October and April the region is transformed into a lush oasis. Many of the properties close for the wet season.

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