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Lower Zambezi National Park

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies nestled between an impressive escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south. The escarpment acts as a barrier for the game, keeping it on the plains and in the rich woodland on the bank of the river.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is over 4,000 square kilometres in size and occupies 120kms of river frontage. It lies on the Zambezi River after it has plunged over the Victoria Falls and the Kariba Dam and is on its way, slowly and luxuriantly, towards the Indian Ocean.

Situated just south east of Lusaka, access by road is possible but all of our guests travel there by light aircraft. Flying time is approximately 35 minutes from Lusaka or 1 hour 45 minutes from Mfuwe in the South Luangwa National Park.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is rich in wildlife, with large herds of buffalo, and great elephant viewing available to most visitors. Lions are numerous and leopard sightings common. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of gameviewing in the Lower Zambezi is the variety of activities on offer. Unlike the Luangwa, the Zambezi is navigable year round so most camps offer a full variety of water activities alongside their standard walking and driving options.

One quote possibly sums up the Lower Zambezi better than any other: 'This Park is so beautiful that it is hard to know which to admire more - the scenery or the wild animals'.

The Lower Zambezi National Park was only developed for tourism relatively recently. It was gazetted in 1983 and only became popular as a destination in the 1990s. As a result there are only a few camps and safari lodges inside the Park and no network of all weather roads.

Whilst being one of the region's charms, this does mean that the safari season is limited to those months where access is possible, and hence the time to visit the Lower Zambezi is between April and November. The season starts once the rains have subsided. The vegetation is lush at this time of year but as the months pass the bush dries out, the game gathers and the sightings improve.