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Philip has traveled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.
Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.
Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.
Lower Zambezi National Park hugs the northern bank of the mighty Zambezi River. Wildlife is plentiful, with four of the Big Five easily spotted (rhino is absent). Whether you enjoy the tranquility of a sunset cruise or the adrenaline rush of a canoe safari, you shouldn’t leave here without spending time on the river. Nowhere else can you see so much wildlife from this exciting vantage point.
Elephants are abundant. Big male tuskers stand on their hind legs like acrobats to reach tasty pods high in the trees. And watching a breeding herd cross the river with the mothers guiding their calves against the current is very special too. For canoers, most memorable are the thousands of hippos that inhabit the river channels and the enormous crocs lying on the banks.
The park’s main feature is one of Africa’s most famous rivers – the Zambezi. The northern boundary of the park is the forested Muchinga escarpment, which forms an impressive backdrop to the river in the valley. Sandy flats, mopane woodland and acacia shrubs fringe the waterways. Beautiful winterthorn groves offer shade for an abundance of animals in a park-like setting.
Weather & Climate
Lower Zambezi has a clear-cut Wet season (November to April) when the temperatures are generally hot, and afternoon showers sweep in to temporarily take the edge off the heat. The park’s Dry season (May to October) is a milder period, although temperatures pick up in September and soar in October.
The best time to visit Lower Zambezi is between July and October – the middle and end of the Dry season. This is when wildlife viewing is at its best. Mind though that October is uncomfortably hot and humid. Although the first rains bring some relief, the heat and humidity can be oppressive throughout the Wet season (November to April).
Alan is a travel writer and author of over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Southern Africa and Zambia & Malawi.
Meanderings in Lower Zambezi
Protecting woodland along the Zambezi riverbank in the south of Zambia, this beautiful park is prolific in wildlife. You're best off flying into one of the camps inside, otherwise it’s a long drive in through a Game Management Area (GMA)....