Written on: May 09, 2013
I visited in April 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 had many good reviews from fellow travellers and thus we chose it. Our arrival to chiawa was via a boat ride from our 1 hour flight from Lusaka.
After arrival at the royal airstrip, we were transferred to the boat dock by vehicle, the only way to access the camp was via boat. The trip was already exciting. We took the 30 min boat ride along the Zambezi river. On arrival were greeted by roaming elephants on the riverside. This was a plus for us as we still hadn't started our excursions. We spent almost an hour interacting with the elephants before going to our tent. Spacious and along the river banks this tent is a traveller paradise. We enjoyed excellent meal and hot showers while viewing the elephants on the river banks. The camp had exceptional staff and we were asked to choose which excursion we preferred from walk excursions, game vehicle/boat drives or canoeing.
We chose the game vehicle drives, our guide was paul, he had over 20 yrs experience as we came to know and was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. Unlike other parks in Africa, LZNP was different; Natural, less crowded and full of game. We saw pride of lions, leopards, buffaloes and more elephants and when I say more I mean close to a hundred. A spectacle indeed. The animals here stay away when we and other vehicles approached, this showed the uniqueness and untamed nature of the park. They were not used to this modern machines. After this excursion we were back to the camp where we were served lunch along the riverside, lions roaring sound in the background. The experience was not over yet, the boat drive we took left us wanting more, up close heart pounding encounters with 10+ metre crocs and hippos.
The camp is top notch, guides - world class,the drive...well you just have to experience that for yourself :) No disappointments.
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.