Lower Zambezi National Park


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Canoeing in Lower Zambezi National Park
Canoeing in Lower Zambezi National Park
About Lower Zambezi National Park
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Parks total area:
4092 km² (1580 mi²)
Year established:
1983
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • 4 of big 5.
  • No giraffe.
  • Close proximity to international airport.
  • Ability to combine with a trip to Victoria Falls.
  • Purportedly has the highest concentration of bird species in all of Africa.
  • Canoe safaris possible!

Lower Zambezi is among the newest national parks in Zambia, where it was the president’s private nature reserves until 1983. The park borders Mozambique to the east and its south border spills over into Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve. Although it is smaller 4092 km² (1580 mi²) and less developed, the animal viewing here is extraordinarily exquisite. Zambezi is home to four of the big five: buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. Additionally, eagles, crocodiles, antelope, baboons, zebra and hippopotamus call the park home. With its lodges and camps along the Lower Zambezi River on the park’s south border, canoeing safaris last as long as six days landing at a different camp each night. Canoe safaris are either proactive, where each adventurer is responsible for setting up and breaking down camp, or passive guided tours. Walking and motor safaris feature spectacular big game viewing. Not surprising, fishing in Zambezi is exceptional. The park is also documented to have the highest concentration of bird species in all of Africa, making it a prime destination for birding safari enthusiasts.

Zambezi National Park has one lodge, three fishing camps and four general camps in the park. Additionally the nearby city of Victoria Falls has many hotels and restaurants. There are many options for animal viewing and fishing. While there are guided tours, adventurers may use their own transportation in the park for car safaris, hikes and fishing trips.

When to visit Lower Zambezi National Park?

Zambia has a rainy season from October to April. The dry season is both hot and cool, but never very cold nor extremely hot. Although the rainy season begins in October, until December it is often considered hot and dry. The rains come in after the New Year. The ideal season for safaris and wildlife viewing is June through September. The fishing season is best in September and October.

 

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 21, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
This was the only park in Zambia I was able to visit on my safari (unless you count Vic Falls). I loved every bit of it. I found it so scenic and peaceful and I was in awe of all the bird life! Def a highlight of my safari. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2013.
No tar, No roads , limited infrastructure. This is what greets you at lower Zambezi national park. Lush vegetation all over, trees and the Zambezi river to complete the scenery. This is what we saw hundreds of feet above on the light aircraft we had chartered.

Our stay was at the chiawa camp. The camp which is positioned along the banks of the Lower Zambezi ha... read more
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Safari suitability: 8 / 10
Diverse ecology, 4 of big 5 (no rhino), easy to access, exceptional fishing.
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