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The Lower Zambezi National Park is probably best known for its boating safaris, and nowhere else in Zambia is there such a combination of breathtaking scenery and varied wildlife.

Although the park covers more than 4,000 square kilometres, for many years it was a forgotten wildernesss. It is now home to elephant, lion, leopard and huge herds of Cape buffalo, together with impala, baboon, vervet monkey and Nile crocodiles.

You can go out on a motor-boat or head out in a six metre Canadian canoe on the Chifungulu Channel to birdwatch. With river safaris lasting from an hour to a whole day, the options are endless. One of the most popular canoe safaris is a gentle afternoon’s paddle (always downstream!) to ’Sunset Strip’ for sundowners, followed by a night drive back to camp.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion, puku
  • Where: Lusaka Province, Zambia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Lower Zambezi Short Break

Take a week to explore Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park and experience a secluded wilderness that offers wildlife viewing second to none. Best known for its boating safaris, elephant, lion, leopard and huge herds of Cape buffalo are resident here, together with impala and Nile crocodiles.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Luangwa Valley & Lower Zambezi

Combine the beauty of the Luangwa Valley with the delights of the Lower Zambezi. In South Luangwa, you will find the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard, and boat trips on the Lower Zambezi add another dimension to watching wildlife, with elephant and huge herds of buffalo.

  • When to go: Jun-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp is a much-loved luxury camp on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It offers elegant accommodation for just 16 guests together with magnificent wildlife-viewing and beautiful scenery in a rustic, unpretentious atmosphere.

Chongwe River House

Standing on the banks of the magical Chongwe River, close to the Zambezi, this lodge offers an award-winning formula of excellent service in a great location. Accommodation is in four spacious bedrooms with luxury open-air en suite bathrooms, and makes an ideal base for a family wanting a private safari.

Old Mondoro

Set in acacia trees on a bank of the Zambezi, Old Mondoro has four unpretentious reed-and-canvas chalets and aims to offer an authentic, intimate safari while not forgoing creature comforts or good service. Activities focus on walking, and you can also enjoy day and night game drives, and canoe safaris.

Potato Bush Camp

This tiny camp in the heart of the wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park offers a stunning panorama of the river and escarpment. Four spacious tents, including one ideal for a family, are stylishly built from canvas and native rosewood, and include a large deck area with private plunge pool.

Sausage Tree Camp

In a stunning setting in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park, Sausage Tree Camp epitomises ‘bush chic” with eight luxurious, white Bedouin-style tents overlooking the river. Add to the mix your own personal butler, and animals wandering through the camp, and you have a true yet civilised bush experience.