Map of Lower Zambezi

At just over 4000 square kilometres, the Lower Zambezi National Park stretches in a narrow swathe from the Chongwe River in the west to the Luangwa River in the east. This is one of the prettiest National Parks in Zambia, with the Zambezi River forming a natural border to the park and the Zambezi Escarpment serving as a stunning backdrop.

Until 1983 when the area was declared a national park the area was the private game reserve of Zambia’s president. This has resulted in the park being protected from the ravages of mass tourism and remains one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa. The park gently slopes from the Zambezi Escarpment down to the river, straddling two main woodland savannah ecoregions distinguished by the dominant types of tree, Miombo and Mopane: Southern Miombo woodlands on higher ground in the north, and Zambezian and Mopane woodlands on lower slopes in the south. At the edge of the river is floodplain habitat.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to all of the major species in the valley with excellent sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard wild dogs, hyena, waterbuck, zebra, impala, bushbuck and kudu to name a few. Birdlife in the area is also outstanding, making this a real hotspot for ornithologists.  Lodges are all located on the banks of the Zambezi Rivers and are small and intimate offering a great experiences for individuals, family and friends groups and small conference and incentive groups wanting something unique and special. There is a wide range of activities offered by the camps, meaning that there is generally something for everyone to enjoy, and also making a 5 or 6 night stay in this park very common. Activities range from water based activities such as canoeing, river cruises and fishing to game drives, nights drives and walking. Combination activities are offered, as are full day activities with a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River.