Close to the capital and offering a diverse range of experiences, unique accommodation and sensational big game viewing, the Lower Zambezi National Park is an authentic safari gem. The majestic Zambezi is a constant presence, attracting large volumes of game and providing an evocative backdrop to all of the park’s camps. Facing directly across the river to Zimbabwe’s renowned Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi also boasts outstanding numbers of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and some vibrant, river based birdlife.
Perhaps most notable of all, there are few places in Africa that offer quite the diversity of safari experiences as the Lower Zambezi. From weaving between dense hippo pods by canoe to remote walking safaris, evening river cruises and tiger fishing, there is more than enough to keep visitors occupied with different activities for stays of up to five nights. Day and night game drives are also outstanding, with a range of well-maintained trails close to the river and through the woodland offering privileged access to iconic big game. A range of camps line the Zambezi, from rustic and simple to tented and opulent, with elephants frequently wandering through camp to their favourite riverside haunts. This is also an excellent family safari destination, with quirky private safari houses, top guides and camps that run programmes specially designed for younger guests. With all these varied attractions, it is a travesty that the Lower Zambezi is relatively overlooked, but this is also part of its unspoiled charm!