The Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets. Opposite Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, it shares its wildlife as well as the Zambezi River as its life source. Being remote, the wild spaces are your own. Due to its location and untouched wilderness, it is one of the top three national parks in Zambia.
Wildlife viewing is best along the river, animals congregating for water and reprieve from the heat. Many lodges offer boat cruises and canoeing safaris allowing up close and personal encounters. Catch and release tiger fishing on the river is also very popular, with the best time to cast your line between August and September, simultaneously experiencing spectacular game viewing. You will most likely see elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, leopard and occasionally, the endangered wild dog. The national park is also known as an IBA – Important Bird Area – with over 300 species of birds inhabiting its landscape. Possible sightings of the Narina Trogon and African Pitta will attract feathered aficionados to its terrain – irresistibles on the bucket list!
One cannot self-drive or camp in the park, with travelers opting to fly in or take a boat transfer to the mid to high range accommodation. With the magic of the Zambezi River, the diverse and untamed wildlife and the solitude, one should add this hidden Zambian gem to their African journey.