​Overview – Lower Zambezi NP

Philip Briggs
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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.

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.

Best Time to Go July to October (Animals are easy to find)
High Season July to September (Busy and high-season rates apply)
Size 4,092km² / 1,580mi²
Altitude 339-1,387m / 1,112-4,551ft

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present
  • Beautiful setting at one of Africa’s most magnificent rivers
  • Great night drives, walking and boat safaris
  • Short canoe excursions as well as multiday canoe trips
  • Tiger fishing available
  • All budget accommodation is outside the park
  • Best wildlife viewing is deep in the park, accessible to a few lodges only

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Wildlife

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.

Scenery

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.

Best Time to Visit

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).

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Alan Murphy  –  
Australia AU

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
4/5

Protecting woodland along the Zambezi riverbank in the south of Zambia, this beautiful park is prolific in wildlife. Your best off flying into one of the camps inside, otherwise it’s a long drive in through a Game Management Area (GMA)....

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Latest User Review
Nhsfatcat  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Aug 4, 2019
The world I live in got turned off and I experienced the world.
5/5

My family and I stayed with Tusk and Mane Safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park, with the company, offered no Wi-fi, no internet, no phone signal and solar power only. It re-booted our world. 530am wake up. We were busy dawn ‘til...

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