An adventurer’s playground offering some of Southern Africa's best walking and canoeing safaris in pristine wilderness, the Lower Zambezi National Park is situated on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River. With National Park opposite, on the Zimbabwe side of the river, these unfenced areas allow animals to roam as they please. In this remote Park, you will be challenged to find any sign of human inhabitants.
The remoteness of the Lower Zambezi National Park in the South-Eastern part of Zambia is a significant drawcard. This area of 4090 sq. km was declared a National Park in 1983 after being the private hunting ground for the Zambian president, which kept it in its pristine state. Flanked by Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, on the opposite side of the Zambezi River, the two unfenced UNESCO World Heritage Parks sit in the Zambezi floodplain and are surrounded by the Zambezi escarpment. This area is famous for its incredible concentration of game, most notably big game. Enormous herds of elephants and buffalos, large pods of hippo and huge crocodiles, along with lions, leopards and African Wild Dogs, make this an unforgettable safari destination. The Lower Zambezi National Park is a bird lovers dream, especially as you float along the mighty Zambezi by canoe or boat. The migratory birds are a feast for the eyes during the hot wet season. Fishing enthusiasts can have a go at landing the ferocious Tigerfish or reel in the Zambezi bream against a spectacular backdrop. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will lead your safaris and share their deep knowledge and love of the bush.
Most lodges in the area are seasonal and operate during the hot, dry months from March to November. Access to the Park during the wet season is difficult, with many of the roads being impassable. The prime time for watching wildlife is from July to October, and fishing peaks during September and October. During the dry time, the bush thins out, making game viewing easier. The days are bright with no chance of rain. Be aware that October and November can be extremely hot, with daytime temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is in a remote corner of Zambia, so most lodges organise light aircraft charter flights from the Zambian capital city, Lusaka, to the smaller airstrips within the Lower Zambezi National Park – approximately a 45 – 60 minute flight. It is also possible to fly directly from Mfuwe Airport near South Luangwa National Park.
It is possible to self-drive into the Lower Zambezi National Park from Lusaka. Access to this Park is strictly in 4 x 4 vehicles.