Lower Zambezi

This is big game country and close encounters with elephants, wading buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles from a canoe on bush walks, night game drives or on a boat is common. Spoor tracking of big game on foot and tiger fishing amongst the superb wilderness and incredible scenic views surpasses all other activity here.

The park lies in the panoramic river valley between a distant hazy escarpment and the mighty Zambezi River. The river here forms the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and on the south bank opposite the Lower Zambezi National Park, is Zimbabwe’s stunning and wild Mana Pools National Park.

Three main habitats give the park its beauty: the escarpment hills covered in broadleaf woodland, the riverbanks overhung with a thick fringe of foliage and large mahogony acacia and ‘upside down’ baobab trees and inland floodplains lined with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees and reed islands. The escarpment acts as a barrier keeping most animals in the bottom of the valley and words cannot describe the wilderness here – it’s simply outstanding.

December to April is hot, humid and rainy and forms the hot rainy season and as the roads become flooded the regions comes to a literal stand still. Midday temperatures of 82°F (28°C) are recorded. May to September is the cool and dry winter months with pleasant term temperature around 75°F (24°C). Night temperatures go down to 46°F (8°C). October and November are hot and dry but lacks humidity.

The best time to visit the lower Zambezi is during the dry months from June to November.

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