Luangwa Valley Zambia

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is nestled between an impressive escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south. The escarpment acts as a barrier for the game, keeping it on the plains and in the rich woodland on the bank of the river. The Park is over 4,000 square kilometres in size and occupies 120kms of river frontage. It lies on the Zambezi River after it has plunged over the Victoria Falls and the Kariba Dam on its majestic way to the Indian Ocean.

Situated just south east of Lusaka, access by road is possible in the dry season but all our guests travel there by light aircraft. Flying time is approximately 35 minutes from Lusaka or 1 hour 45 minutes from Mfuwe.

The Park is rich in wildlife, with large herds of buffalo and great elephant viewing. Lions are quite numerous and leopard sightings pretty common. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is the variety of river activities on offer. Unlike the Luangwa River, the Zambezi is navigable year round so most camps offer a full variety of water activities such as fishing and canoeing alongside their standard walking and driving options making it a good addition to a safari in the Luangwa Valley.

The National Park was only developed for tourism relatively recently. It was gazetted in 1983 and only became popular as a destination in the 1990s. As a result there are only a few camp sites inside the National Park and no network of all weather roads. Whilst being one of the region's charms, this does mean that the safari season is limited to those months where access is possible, and hence the time to visit the Lower Zambezi is between April and November. The season starts once the rains have subsided. The vegetation is lush at this time of year but as the months pass the bush dries out, the game gathers and the sightings improve.