Wildlife & Animals – Lower Zambezi NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled 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 a lot of wildlife in this park, although the variety isn’t as diverse as in Kafue or South Luangwa. Elephant and buffalo are very common. Rhino, giraffe and cheetah are absent. The main predators are leopard, spotted hyena and big prides of lion. The hyenas often give away the leopards, by sitting underneath a tree that has a leopard on a branch feeding on its kill – the hyena waits for food morsels to fall. Hippo and Nile crocodile are abundant in the river.


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Wild dogs have made a comeback in the park, although sightings are hit-and-miss. Early morning and late afternoon is the best time to see some action and possibly a hunt. Impala is plentiful and a favorite prey for the dogs. Roan antelope is rare, but can sometimes be spotted near the escarpment.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season runs from May to November, 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.

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