Luxury safari Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia - private safari package

Guests from luxurious Chiawa camp on a boat safari in Lower Zambezi National Park

GUESTS FROM LUXURIOUS CHIAWA CAMP ON A BOAT SAFARI IN LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Top reasons to choose a Lower Zambezi luxury safari in Zambia

Spectacular water wonderland

The mighty Zambezi river meanders through the Lower Zambezi national park and the Chongwe river demarcates the western boundary of the park. The Zambezi is home to one of Africa’s largest hippo populations and attracts prolific wildlife to its banks and islands. This creates incomparable opportunities for land-based and water-based safari activities focused on the wildlife that wanders in and out of the Zambezi channels. 

Exclusive safari experience

The Lower Zambezi national park is surprisingly remote and still largely undeveloped with only a few stunning and exclusive luxury safari lodges and camps to be found along the river banks. 

Wildlife concentrated along the valley floor

Even though the Lower Zambezi national park covers an area of more than 4000 square kilometers, most of the larger animals are concentrated along the valley floor as they cannot cross the inaccessible escarpment to the north. Enormous herds of elephant, some up to a hundred strong, are often seen at the river edge. ‘Island hopping’ buffalo and waterbuck as well as crocodiles are common. The Lower Zambezi national park hosts good populations of lion and leopard, and other nocturnal animals such as hyaena, porcupine, civet, genet and honeybadger also occur. Other mammals include kudu and zebra, occasionally roan and eland, and Samango monkeys.The area is part of a massive transfrontier wildlife sanctuary in conjunction with Mana Pools reserve on the other side of the Zambezi river.

Superb tiger fishing

The Lower Zambezi is widely known for its tiger fishing opportunities. Healthy tiger fish and and also bream catches are common in this part of the mighty Zambezi River, especially from late August to mid November. Tiger fishing in the Lower Zambezi National Park is done strictly on a catch-and-release basis.

Leisurely boat safaris and canoe safaris

Apart from the more classic land-based safari activities i.e. day and night game drives and walking safaris, canoeing and boating are also on offer on the Lower Zambezi. A boat cruise on the scenic river is a very relaxing way to view and learn about the animals and birds. Canoeing provides an opportunity to view the wildlife from a more natural perspective as one silently drifts or paddles downstream. 

Exceptional bird life along the river banks

The Lower Zambezi national park is host to over 300 bird species, many of which are found along the river banks. Majestic fish eagles can often be seen and heard. White-fronted and carmine bee-eaters nest along the cliffs. In summer the stunning narina trogon makes its home here. Other specialities include the red-winged pratincole, the elegant crested guinea fowl, black eagle, vast swarms of quelea, trumpeter hornbill, meyers parrot and lilian’s lovebird.

Zambia's most scenic park

The river edges in the Lower Zambezi are overhung with a thick riverine vegetation, including beautiful ebony and wild fig trees. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees and huge acacias. A towering escarpment forms the backdrop to the park.   

Our preferred Lower Zambezi national park luxury camps

On request your personal safari itinerary could include alternative Lower Zambezi camps and lodges.

Best time of year for a luxury safari in the Lower Zambezi valley

December to March is the rainy season in the Lower Zambezi when many roads become impassable and safari activities are not possible. In April the rain subsides gradually and the ground dries out, allowing safari camps and lodges to reopen in the Lower Zambezi National Park. By May most of the rain has faded away leaving the landscape beautifully green. From June to September is the most popular time for safaris in the Lower Zambezi National Park. In June and July the days are mostly clear and warm but nights can be cold. August usually sees no rainfall and temperatures start to rise. September is a lovely and dry month with balmy evenings. October and November can be very hot in the Lower Zambezi (average day temperature 36°C / 97F; average night temperature 21°C / 70F) with scattered rain showers in some areas, but wildlife sightings are superb as the animals keep close to the Zambezi and Chongwe rivers. November is an unpredictable month during the transition from dry to rainy season and safari lodges and camps start closing down, to reopen again only in April when the rains subside.

Contact us for a personalized Southern African luxury safari itinerary that includes the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia

We create a private luxury African safari package, tailor-made to suit your own specific profile and requirements. We recommend to combine your luxury Lower Zambezi safari with a luxury adventure at Victoria Falls Zambia, or with other luxury lodges and safari camps in Zambia or elsewhere in Southern Africa. On request your luxury Lower Zambezi national park safari can also be combined with luxury safari camps and lodges in East Africa, but this will involve more travelling.

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