The pristine wilderness of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Lusaka Province is surrounded by three Game Management Areas. Together they form a total of 1,85 million hectares teeming with wildlife.
The magnificent Zambezi River divides the park from the Mana Pools World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe, making this part of a vast natural region, with no light or noise pollution. Game viewing is enhanced by the breathtaking landscapes, with wonderful sunrises and sunsets over the river. At this stage of its long journey to the Indian Ocean, the river is divided into many channels and islands.
Lower Zambezi’s diverse vegetation, ranging from woodlands, riverine forest and bushy thickets to grassland and palm groves, attracts a great variety animals and birds. Wildlife is most visible on the floor of the Zambezi Valley, where the river winds through lushly beautiful scenery. Four of the Big Five – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo and leopard – are found in the park. Sadly, rhinos have been wiped out by poaching. Elephants are undoubtedly the highlight – great herds roam the valley with other herbivores, and elephant and buffalo are often spotted crossing between the maze of islands in the river. Once extinct in the park, the African wild dog has been sighted in Lower Zambezi since 2015.
Birders delight in the 378 species of birds recorded in the park. Water birds are especially diverse, from flashing kingfishers to stooping herons and spoonbills. Striking fish eagles are frequently seen perched in riverside trees. Game viewing is relaxed, with none of the rush to see a reported kill that is sometimes experienced in busier parks in Africa. Radios are used only when necessary and the sounds of the bush predominate in this peaceful sanctuary.
Lower Zambezi National Park