Why you should visit the Lower Zambezi
- Encounter the big grey creatures at close quarters
- Enjoy staying in wilderness camps and exclusive bush houses
- Fish, canoe and relax on the mighty Zambezi
- Easily accessible from Lusaka and connected with a 15 minute flight
Our specialist’s ‘Must Do’
The Lower Zambezi is a beautiful area where the river and the wildlife meet in silence. There is nothing quite as rejuvenating as gliding through the waterways adjoining the Zambezi River in a canoe to view birds, hippopotamus and other wildlife. The river can’t be beaten for the best Tiger fishing in Africa and if you want to view large herds of elephant from your bed or spa pavilion, the Lower Zambezi is the place to visit. It makes a great combination with the North and South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park and Livingstone.
A little more about the Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi National Park is a magnificent wilderness made up of the Zambezi River flood plain, a strip of woodland and grassland, and the more heavily wooded Zambezi Escarpment, which lies between the river plains and the central plateau to the north. Up to a mile wide, the Zambezi River meanders alongside the park, attracting a variety of wildlife to its islands and creating incomparable canoeing and game viewing opportunities.
Home to lion, leopard, herds of elephant and buffalo, hippo and over 300 bird species. The park with its gigantic baobab and acacia trees is the perfect destination for an African Safari enthusiast. The variety of activities on offer makes it an attractive area to unpack for a few days and enjoy the boating, tiger fishing, canoeing, bush walks and game drives. Perhaps simply just enjoy the magnificent views and game from your camp.
When to go
The best time to see the most abundant wildlife in the Lower Zambezi is between June and November every year with the best Tiger fishing in September. If you go after the rains which fall in the Angolan highlands from November to May, you will find the bush thick and filled with exciting bird species. The game will be a bit sparser as there is abundant water inland. Although all year the river offers great opportunity to view game and enjoy the serenity of the area. Some of the camps like the Royal Zambezi stay open all year round.