The Lower Zambezi National Park is the newest of Zambia’s exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas. And together with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve the area provides a massive transfronteir wildlife sanctuary.

Most activities are concentrated along the Zambezi as this is what draws the animals. Aside from game drives and walking safaris, the area offers cruises, canoeing, and tiger fishing (best between September and May). Your river activities will bring regular close encounters with hippo, elephant, crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck and even the occasional predator hunting or drinking from the shallower banks.

Lower Zambezi is accessible via Lusaka and combines well with Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. The only downsides to Lower Zambezi are that to connect to South Luangwa often requires a flight back to Lusaka which makes for a long travel day, and some properties on the river near the park gate are subject to quite a bit of boat traffic.

We believe the best months to visit are July and August. By October it's often too hot. In the park we love Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro and Sausage Tree situated along the river inside the park and Chongwe River House which is also on the river, but just outside the park.

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