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Lower Zambezi National Park Highlights

The Lower Zambezi National Park occupies about 120km of Zambezi River frontage in south eastern Zambia. It is situated opposite the magnificent Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, a world heritage site renowned for fantastic game viewing. This entire area on either side of the Zambezi is one vast wildlife sanctuary.

Until 1983 when this wildlife area was named a National Park, it was the personal sanctuary of the Zambian president, which protected it from excessive tourism exposure and it maintained its pristine appeal. Still, it maintains its wild edge with a lack of tarred roads and an uncrowded busy season.

The park protects an area of unique biodiversity; the broad ecological habitat and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities make The Lower Zambezi National Park the premier wildlife attraction in Zambia. Activities include fishing, canoeing, game drives as well as walking safaris all accompanied by expert guides.

 

 

Sun Safaris Says

The Lower Zambezi in Zambia is famous for canoeing safaris and ideal for guests looking for an active and adventurous safari experience.

This National Park lies on the Zambezi riverbank, directly opposite Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Both wildlife areas combine to make a vast protected sanctuary.

This is still a vastly undiscovered and wild area to go on safari and it appeals to visitors that are after something slightly different and with relative inaccessibility and lack of tourists.

A plethora of species find their home in this diverse landscape; particularly noticeable are the river-dwelling crocodiles and hippos, as well as the 100-strong herds of elephant that become almost submerged in the river while bathing.

 

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Safari Lodges within Lower Zambezi Park

Anabezi Camp

Anabezi luxury tented camp was built on the foundations of the historic Ana Tree Lodge. This luxury tented camp has large tents on raised decks that command magnificent views across the Zambezi flood plains. Game drives and boat cruises set of in search of the diverse and prolific game and birdlife ...

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Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp offers luxury and privacy in a unique setting in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Guests can enjoy an exclusive safari experience with superb guiding, some of the best game viewing in Africa, outstanding service and delicious meals.

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Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp offers a luxurious safari experience in a friendly and relaxed environment in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Guests can enjoy romantic candlelight dinners under the stars, exciting wildlife activities and beautiful sunsets.

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Zambezi Kulefu Camp

Zambezi Kulefu Camp offers a private and peaceful setting on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Guests can enjoy 7 traditional safari tents with en-suite facilities offering twin or double beds as well as mosquito nets. The Lower Zambezi National Park offers...

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Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House is family-friendly and offers peace and tranquility, as well as exciting wildlife activities. Chongwe River House offers a magnificent location in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

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Zambezi Grande

Zambezi Grande is a 5-Star retreat offering luxurious comfort, inventive cuisine, wellness therapy, and superior game viewing and safari experiences from the banks of the Zambezi River just outside Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.

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Potato Bush Camp

Potato Bush Camp is nestled under Mahogany, Sausage, Winter Thorn and Acacia Tortillas Trees that provide ample shade from the beaming African sun and has stunning panoramic views over the Zambezi River and escarpment.

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Amanzi River Lodge

Amanzi River Lodge is down river from Anabezi Camp. This is a traditional safari tented camp, with just four tents, creating an intimate safari experience. Game drives and boat cruises set of in search of the diverse and prolific game and birdlife that can be found in the Lower Zambezi National Park...

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Royal Zambezi Lodge

The Royal Zambezi Lodge offers the ultimate in bush luxury. Guests can enjoy luxurious tented suites with private verandas and en-suite facilities. Guests can relax and rejuvenate at the Royal Zambezi Bush Spa and indulge in a variety of spa treatments.

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Kasaka River Lodge

Kasaka River Lodge offers a tented safari experience in a remote and private setting on the banks of the Zambezi River. The area around Kasaka offers incredible views over the river as well as fantastic game sightings including elephant, buffalo and crocodile.

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Old Mondoro Camp

Old Mondoro Camp offers guests a traditional bush camp experience in a remote area in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. Old Mondoro Camp offers only 4 safari tents built of canvas and natural materials, offering a traditional bush-camp experience.

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Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp offers luxury and privacy in a true wilderness area; the wildlife have right of way in this unique and prestigious corner of the Lower Zambezi National Park and guests can enjoy a superb safari experience with fantastic wildlife viewing.

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Baines River Camp

Based on the northern bank of the Zambezi River, Baines River Camp overlooks the river and Zimbabwe's Mana Pools. Enjoy canoe trips and game drives in the Lower Zambezi National Park from this true colonial style safari lodge in one of the most amazing wildlife destinations in Africa!

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Mwambashi River Lodge

Mwambashi River Lodge is situated in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia; the lodge caters for a maximum of 16 guests in spacious walk-in safari tents situated on wooden platforms offering en-suite toilets, showers and a hand basin.

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Lower Zambezi Game Viewing and Activities

The Lower Zambezi National Park offers fantastic wildlife viewing as well as incredible bird watching and has been rated as one of the best wildlife areas in Zambia; with its unique location on the banks of the majestic Zambezi River; bordered on the northern side by the Muchinga escarpment, the park offers exceptional photographic opportunities.

The Mana Pools World Heritage Site is situated on the opposite bank forming a natural Transfrontier park and creating a large sanctuary for wildlife. The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to large herds of elephant, lion, leopard, side striped jackal, hyena, hippo, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, and many other antelope. Less common are the African wild dog and aardvark.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is an important bird area with over 300 species of birds in the area. The African fish eagle, the national bird of Zambia is commonly seen.

 

Lower Zambezi Seasons and Climate

The winter, dry season occurs in the Lower Zambezi between May and October, which is also the time of the year when the temperatures are lowest; dropping to around 6 degrees Celsius at night and remaining a comfortable 25 degrees during the day.

Concentrations of animals along the river become quite considerable as game flocks towards the permanent water, and with grass and other foliage thinning, game viewing enters its easiest and most productive period. By September, the bird watching, game viewing and fishing are at their peak.

The wet, summer season in the Lower Zambezi is also known as the Green Season. The clouds burst in November after a long, dry season, and bring with the rains, the heat and humidity of summer.

Day time temperatures in the first couple of months of the year regularly exceed 40 degrees Celsius. The mass of water brought about by the rains means that a lot of the area becomes inaccessible and animals keep fairly hidden in the thick bush.

 

Top Destinations

Kasaka River Lodge is a luxury tented safari camp offering a beautiful setting on the banks of the Zambezi River. This is the only part on the Zambezi River where national parks can be found on both sides of the river offering fantastic wildlife viewing.

Old Mondoro Camp offers only 8 beds and is the Lower Zambezi’s most intimate and private safari camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in a remote corner overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels. 

Sausage Tree Camp is an exclusive safari camp offering superb guiding and some of the best game viewing in Africa. Sausage Tree Camp offers world renowned tiger fishing as well as day and night safari game drives.

Chiawa Camp is a friendly and relaxed environment in the heart of the park. Guests can enjoy romantic candlelight dinners under the stars, exciting wildlife activities and beautiful sunsets, while accommodation is luxurious and intimate.

How to Get There

Getting to this wild region of Zambia can be a bumpy ride for self-drivers and we would recommend waiting until the roads are better structured. We would prefer to make use of the superb road transfers and chartered flights that smoothly transport guests around the region.

Sun Safaris agents will usually include a visit to Lower Zambezi National Park with an itinerary that visits other popular areas like Mana Pools or Victoria Falls. Flights into Zambia often land at Livingstone Airport at Victoria Falls, but the close proximity of Lower Zambezi to Lusaka makes for a shorter transfer to the lodge.

Sun Safaris will arrange for guests to take a chartered flight from Lusaka or Livingstone Airports to a local airstrip in the park. From here, hosts or safari guides from one's booked accommodation will connect with guests and drive them the last leg to their lodge.

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