The shoreline in Zimbabwe has protected safari areas and Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, buffalo, lions, leopard, large antelope species and smaller mammals. Similarly the shoreline in Zambia has private conservancy areas, game management areas and the relatively unexplored Lower Zambezi National Park. This region is heavily populated by hippos and crocodiles, and is renowned as a birder’s paradise with over 300 species recorded. The Lower Zambezi Valley birdlife includes several species such as kingfisher, fishing owl, fishing eagle, stork, Bishops birds, and cranes, among others.
The Lower Zambezi is an excellent safari destination. On foot or by boat, there are numerous opportunities to see wildlife. Fishing is a popular activity in the Lower Zambezi River. Canoeing is a great option, not only to explore the wildlife, but to enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area. The Lower Zambezi Valley plant life is rich and fertile, with a range of aquatic plants, thick fringes of foliage and large mahogany, acacia and baobab trees, as well as inland floodplains lined with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees and reed islands harbouring a plethora of wildlife.