Explore the Lower Zambezi National Park for its sheer beauty and remote wilderness value. Tiger fishing, canoeing, walking safaris and game drives entertain tourists day and night in this exquisite valley.
WHERE TO FIND IT
Only a few hours’ drive and a short boat ride from Lusaka, the Lower Zambezi is said to be Zambia’s prettiest park. Choose a luxury lodge or campsite on the banks of this wide slow moving river where hippos and elephants wallow.
Stay opposite Zimbabwe’s famous Mana Pools National Park in a vast 4 000 square kilometres prime bushveld region.
FISHING AND CANOEING SAFARIS
Are you a keen angler? Then go boating to catch Tigerfish, Bream and Vundu, a catfish. Lodges provide tackle and bait. Or book a canoe trip over one, three or five days – the currents take you downstream where a speedboat picks you up again. Watch crocs, hippo, elephants, zebra, impala, puku, baboons and kudu drinking or socialising on the banks.
The spectacular Lower Zambezi National Park is surrounded by three Game Management Areas (GMAs) - Luano in the North, Rufunsa to the East and the Chiawa to the West. These GMAs together add 14 453km² of protected wildlife area to the National Park, opening up a total of 1.85 million hectares for some of the best safaris in Africa.
Explore the untamed Lower Zambezi in a 4x4. There are no tarred roads so seek wildlife congregating on the valley floor, hemmed in by the stunning escarpment along the northern end. Spot large herds of elephant at the river's edge, island hopping buffalo and waterbuck, plus splendid lion and leopard as they hunt in the brush.
Most lodges and camps fetch guests from Lusaka or Chirundu or even Kariba in Zimbabwe. Reach the Chongwe River, the western boundary of the park, from Chirundu by road, crossing the Kafue river on a pontoon. Or fly in from Livingstone and Lusaka by small aircraft.
WHEN TO GO
Zambia experiences three dramatic seasons. Fishing is superb in September and October.
The dry season, April to October, is best for game viewing but the wet season is lush and rewarding too.