Lower Zambezi National Park

This park arguably offers the most varied safari experience in Zambia

Visitors to any of the stunning camps in and outside the National Park can choose from GAME DRIVES, BUSH WALKS, CANOE SAFARIS, BOAT CRUISES OR TIGER FISHING as a means to experience this wilderness. The interaction of the wildlife and the river is extensive and as you progress deeper into the year, so the game congregates along or near the available water.

The Lower Zambezi is perfectly suited to:

Boat Cruises CanoeingGame DrivesBush Walks

What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:

Big 5

Lower Zambezi offers an extensive population of elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard with the large herbivores being present in excellent numbers and occupying the river bank and islands with monotony. The lion numbers are stable and Lower Zambezi has a great leopard population aided by the abundance of prey, large trees and conservation protection.

Zambezi River

This portion of the Zambezi River is without doubt, the best place for game viewing along the river’s entire course. The river is broad, slow-flowing and the water levels are generally consistent with almost no rapids to speak of.

Hippos

After Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi has the densest population of hippos in Southern Africa. However, as the Luangwa is smaller and shallower, no or very little activities take place on the water. Not so in the Lower Zambezi – here guests can experience the hippo populations and dynamics by boat and canoe and the large herbivores are constant companions for those fishing for tiger fish. Again, visiting preferred camps with highly qualified guides is vital if you are going to experience this aspect of the wildlife safely.

Tiger Fishing

Due to the National Park status, all angling here is thankfully catch and release which has protected a healthy and enjoyable fishery. Here, keen anglers can fish for the tiger fish – Africa’s premium freshwater game fish and a species that should feature on any angler’s ‘wish-list.’ A trophy fish is 10lbs+ with only a handful of fish over 20lbs caught every year. Every element of the tiger fish is built to give the angler a spectacular fight… the massive, flame-red tail generates serious speed and jumping ability while the fearsome teeth and powerful jaws can destroy tackle – they are privilege to catch!

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

Sausage Tree Camps

Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camps are luxury tented safari camps located inside the park, both offering stunning panoramic views overlooking the Zambezi River.

Tusk and Mane Safaris

Tusk And Mane Safaris operate mobile safaris inside the Park, focusing on canoe and walking safaris – in classic old school safari style.

Chiawa Camps

Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro are contrasting yet complementary safari camps – Chiawa Camp being the more sophisticated and luxurious in the western sector of the park and Old Mondoro further east being smaller, more rustic and intimate

Lower Zambezi Travel Packages

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Zambian Exploration Safari

A 9 night, 10 day safari experience in the Lower Zambezi National Park & a guided walking safari in the South Luangwa National Park.

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Great Rivers of Zambia

7 nights across the 2 great rivers of Zambia – the Luangwa and the Zambezi – experienced from 2 National Parks: Luambe and Lower Zambezi.

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Two Rivers

A 7 night safari combining the Lungwa with Norman Carr Safaris and the lower zambezi with Chongwe Safaris.

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Lower Zambezi Photo Gallery

Photographs from around the Lower Zambezi region

Routes through the Eastern Region

The route through the Eastern Region would typically begin / end in Lusaka or Mpika. It is a strictly seasonal route as it is dependent on you descending the escarpment road and driving through the Luangwa Valley for extended periods of time and therefore shouldn’t be considered before mid July or after the end of October.

The road from Luasaka to South Luangwa is an all tar road hence accessible all year round. Leaving Lusaka, most people head directly for Chipata where there are various campsites and hotels for overnight stops. From Chipata, the next major stop would be the town of Mfuwe where you can enter South Luangwa.

Once you leave Mfuwe the gravel roads begin, although this road (which goes through the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa) is normally very driveable once safari season begins. Once you enter Luambe National Park, you are once again in wildlife country. You have an excellent chance of spotting game on this drive and as you near the end of the Luambe portion, the turn off to Luambe Camp will be visible… so if you have a booking at Luambe Camp, just follow the sign to camp. For those wishing to explore a wilderness region of the Luangwa, but still return via Mfuwe, this is a good point to head to.

If you are following the route right up to North Luangwa and out of the valley, then you will need to continue towards Kanyunsha that marks the beginning of North Luangwa National Park. With pre-booked permission from the operators within the park stating you are staying there, you will then be given directions to proceed to Mano Gate going up and over the steep escarpment. Once you hit the Mano Gate, you would have left the Luangwa valley and you will drive about 40km to connect with the Great North road which, if you join and follow in a southerly direction, will take you to Mpika.

The Lower Zambezi can be accessed through scheduled and private charter flights into either Jeki or Royal Airports.