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Named after the mighty Zambezi — not Africa’s longest river, nor its deepest or most voluminous, but probably its most untrammelled major waterway – this wild national park forms port of a cross-border protected area with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. It stands out among many great African national parks for its superb water-based game viewing, which can be undertaken on day motorboat outings from a number of upmarket lodges and tented camps along the river, or as extended canoeing trips that last for several days. Hippos, outsized crocodiles, elephants and a variety of antelope are likely to be seen from the water, offering truly ...

Named after the mighty Zambezi — not Africa’s longest river, nor its deepest or most voluminous, but probably its most untrammelled major waterway – this wild national park forms port of a cross-border protected area with Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. It stands out among many great African national parks for its superb water-based game viewing, which can be undertaken on day motorboat outings from a number of upmarket lodges and tented camps along the river, or as extended canoeing trips that last for several days. Hippos, outsized crocodiles, elephants and a variety of antelope are likely to be seen from the water, offering truly exhilarating experiences to canoers, without an engine in earshot, nor a car window in sight. But the park also supports a good selection of terrestrial wildlife, including lions, and night drives come with an excellent chance of spotting the elusive leopard. Birding is also fantastic, whether you are weaving your canoe past statuesque herons and egrets, or scanning the riparian forest for pairs of bright green Schalow’s turaco and dainty Livingstone’s flycatcher. But it is the magnetic presence of Africa’s wildest river – wide, shallow and liberally dotted with sandbars and islands, but flanked by a meandering maze of forest-lined channels – that dominates Lower Zambezi.

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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia, 100 km downstream of the Victoria Falls.
  • Language: English, Nyanja, Bemba and local languages.
  • Currency: Zambian Kwacha
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Lower Zambezi is best visited during the dry southern winter months, i.e. May to October.