Located on the northern bank of the Zambezi River in Zambezi Valley, Lower Zambezi National Park offers a variety of wildlife including four of the Big Five with only rhino are absent. One of the most popular attractions is definitely canoeing on the Zambezi.
The Zambezi River is the main feature of the park. Muchinga escarpment is the northern boundary of the park and it forms an amazing backdrop to the river down in the valley. There are mopane woodland, sandy flats, and acacia shrubs in the river.
Although the variety of wildlife is not as diverse as in South Luangwa or Kafue, Lower Zambezi National Park is home to a many animals. You will have a chance to see elephants and buffalos, while giraffes, cheetahs. Some of the main predators here include spotted hyenas, lions, and leopards. The Nile crocodile and hippo are present in the river.
There are wild dogs in the park, although they are rarely to be seen. To see some action, head out to the park early in the morning or late in the afternoon. A favorite pray for the dogs is impala. Although roan antelope is rare, you can spot it close to the escarpment.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Lower Zambezi in July and in late September at the end of the Dry season. This is an ideal time of year for wildlife viewing. In case you arrive later in the year, expect to be greeted by the Wet Season which is known to be hot and humid.
May to October –Dry Season
- It’s the best time for wildlife viewing
- The skies are sunny and there is little rain
- There are fewer mosquitos around, which means less risk of malaria.
- It is quite busy during this time of year.
- July to October is the high season and a time when high season rates apply.
- The views are interrupted by haze in the skies and the bush is parched
- It gets extremely hot in October
- From May to August the mornings are cold and warm clothing is necessary.
November to April –Wet Season
- We call this the “Emerald Season”. The scenery looks fresh and green.
- Rates are lower and there are fewer tourists.
- Thanks to the presents of migrants, this is the best time for bird-watching.
- Expect to see many newborn animals.
- Dry Season offers superior wildlife viewing.
- It can get hot and humid.
- Many lodges are closed.
- Higher risk of Malaria than in the Dry season
- Some roads are in bad shape.
Located 216km/134mi southeast of Lusaka, Lower Zambezi National Park can be reached by a chartered flight to one of the airstrips in the valley. You can also book a tour with one of the tour operators that offer trips from Lusaka. There is also an option of driving yourself. However, you will need to have a good, high-clearance 4×4. You can also drive to Gwabi River Lodge and from there arrange a boat pick-up. The main entry point to Zambia is the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) and most visitors arrive here. In case you are planning to visit Victoria Falls, you can arrive at Livingstone Airport (LVI) (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport.
Airlines & Ticket Prices
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In most cases, chartered flights between parks are part of the safari package. The tickets for these flights are usually booked by the operator who is arranging the safari trip. There are no scheduled flights to Lower Zambezi.. However, you can book tickets for scheduled flights between Mfuwe, Lusaka, and Livingstone. The only domestic service that offers scheduled flights is Proflight.