Lower Zambezi

Home to one of Africa’s biggest elephant herds, the wild and untouched Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s newest national park and is located about 100km downstream of Victoria Falls. Although it does not have the diversity of animals of the other national parks, it does afford the visitor a unique opportunity to get close the game that wanders in and out of the Zambezi River channels.

Covering some 4000 square kilometres of woodland savannah, the Lower Zambezi National Park is home to buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, a variety of antelopes, crocodiles and hippos – all of which are concentrated primarily along the base of the valley. Bird lovers can rest assured that the area is home to a rich variety and abundance of local birdlife. On the other side of the river is Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Reserve, which means that the whole area is a protected haven for wildlife.

During the rainy season, the full river forms a network of streams and grassy islands – much like Botswana’s Okavango Delta. As in the Delta, a canoe safari is the best way to get up close to the animals that frequent the marshes and pools. Lodges in the lower Zambezi also offer Tiger fishing, game drives and walking safaris, so there is no shortage of adventure to be had.

 

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Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp

Luxury and authentic bush experience meet at Chiawa, the award-winning safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. Owned and run by the Cumings family since 1989, with a smaller sister camp at Old Mondoro, it has been built up over the years to the highest standards of comfort, hospitality and guiding. Shaded by a forest of mahogany the thatched buildings and tents look out over pristine river and lagoons where wildlife feed and drink, so that you can view hippos, elephant, warthogs, waterbuck and more from your private deck.

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Old Mondoro Camp

Old Mondoro Camp

Remote, intimate and set in a glorious location deep in the bush on the banks of the Zambezi, Old Mondoro is the sister camp to award-winning Chiawa both owned and run by the Cumings family in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. The emphasis at Old Mondoro is on an authentic safari experience, staying close to nature in simple but very comfortable accommodation, with exceptional guides and hospitality in a relaxed family atmosphere. A seasonal camp, Old Mondoro is open from April to November and is renowned for its prolific leopard sightings, guided bush walks, its charm and sense of adventure.

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Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

A serene haven on the banks of the Zambezi, looking out over shallow channels and islands where elephants and hippos bathe, Sausage Tree Camp offers luxurious tented accommodation and abundant game-viewing. Set in the heart of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National park, a scenic 30 minute boat ride from the airstrip, there are lush waterways dotted with water-lilies, idyllic views over the flood plains to distant hills and shady mature mahogany, acacia, and of course sausage trees, around the camp. One of the BBCs 10 Best Luxury destinations the camp is open in the dry season from May to November.

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Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp

A scenic setting where two rivers meet gives Chongwe River Camp endless views of peaceful slow moving water, disturbed only by elephants crossing. On the edge of Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park it makes the best of a huge area of unspoilt wilderness and also has access to the Chiawa Partnership Park , a new conservation initiative spearheaded by Chongwe’s owner Chris Liebenberg with local communities. The banks of the River Zambezi are home to a host of wildlife, from elephants and hippos to crocodiles and birdlife, as well as big cats, so every day’s game viewing is different.

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Kasaka River Lodge

The majestic Zambezi River runs along the full length of Kasaka River Lodge. Located in the Chiawa Game Management area in Zambia, the camp is close to the Lower Zambezi National Park and enjoys the same abundant African wildlife as the Park and Mana Pools Heritage Site, which is across the river. Twenty luxury tents offer visitors a taste of a tranquil, laid-back African lifestyle. Indigenous bush surrounds the camp, drawing in a wide variety of birdlife.

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