​Wildlife & Animals – Lower Zambezi NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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.

There is plenty of wildlife in Lower Zambezi National Park. Elephants and buffalo are abundant in the Dry season. Predators are usually very relaxed, which allows for special sightings; perhaps a leopard interacting with her cubs, or a pride of lions on a hunt. Spotted hyenas are always looking for an opportunity to scavenge off these big cats.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
HippoAbundant
BuffaloAbundant
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardCommon
HyenaOccasional
Wild DogOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Large packs of wild dogs roam the Zambezi Valley, and if they are in the area, there is no better place to witness these endangered predators in action. As Africa’s most successful hunters they are incredibly energetic and fast, which makes following them on a mission very exciting. Here they prey on anything from impala, waterbuck, greater kudu and even buffalo.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season runs from May to October, and it’s the best time for wildlife viewing in Lower Zambezi. Animals gather at the river, and the bush is thinner which makes spotting wildlife easier. Prime viewing time is between July and October. Animals disperse in the Wet season (November to April), and elephants retreat to higher ground away from the main game-drive circuits.

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