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Lower Zambezi National Park

Why take a safari in Lower Zambezi National Park?

With the mighty Zambezi River on one side and backed by the Zambezi escarpment on the other side, Lower Zambezi National Park is strikingly beautiful.  It also offers great wildlife viewing, especially in the dry season.  Thanks to the river you can enjoy a very varied menu of activities: game drives, bush walks, motor boat trips, canoe trails and great fishing. 
Reasons you should visit include:

  • Zambia’s Lower Zambezi is a beautiful park with a focus on the Zambezi River.
  • A key aspect is the broad range of activities on offer here:  game drives (day and night), bush walks, motor boat trips, canoe safaris, catch-and-release fishing.
  • This is a great place for tiger fishing.
  • Very good game viewing including elephants, large buffalo herds, zebras, lions, leopards and hyenas ”¦  There are no giraffes, cheetahs or rhinos though. 
  • The birding here is also great.
  • 2-5 day canoe trails are available. 
  • Excellent guiding.
  • It’s never a very busy park and has some gorgeous lodges and bush camps.

When to go on safari to Lower Zambezi National Park

The peak season for the park is July to October. This is the dry season so it’s great for wildlife viewing.  The rains generally don’t come until December.  

Most of the camps open from April to mid-November, though Potato Bush Camp stays open until early January, so you could come for Christmas and New Year!

A Lower Zambezi Safari: How to do it?

We recommend flying here, either from Lusaka (under half an hour) or from South Luangwa.  At the airstrip you’ll be met by a guide from your chosen lodge.  Each day you’ll have a choice of activities, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

Lower Zambezi combines well with any of the other reserves in Zambia. Many people combine it with South Luangwa and Livingstone (Victoria Falls).

A couple of more unusual ways to enjoy Lower Zambezi would be to take a canoe trail for between 2 and 5 days long, and you could also consider staying at the lovely Tsika Island. Tsika is a tiny bush camp run as a community partnership.

Accommodation in Lower Zambezi National Park

There are lodges within the park and on the outskirts.  We tend to recommend those in the park mostly, though Chongwe River Camp (which is just outside) is one of our favourites, and Kasaka River Lodge is very good value.  Our top pick would be Old Mondoro if you like things a bit more rustic, or Sausage Tree Camp if you want top luxury, though you’ll not go wrong with any of the camps we recommend as they’re all great quality. 

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.


Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.


This is a malarial country.



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