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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
A luxury tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River.
A luxury tented camp on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers by Lower Zambezi National Park.
Chongwe River House is a stunning private house in Lower Zambezi, perfect for families and groups of friends.
An authentic bush experience in a lovely area of Lower Zambezi National Park.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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.