Vacations to Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Africa is blessed with many of the world's best game reserves and national parks. But Lower Zambezi National Park, straddling the northeastern bank of the continent's fourth-longest river, stands out. A presidential hunting ground for most of its history, it's one of Africa's few remaining expanses of genuine wilderness. Are you ready for a proper adventure?

Like most visitors, you'll be here to catch a glimpse of iconic wildlife - and Lower Zambezi will not disappoint. Herds of adult and baby elephants are found in greatest numbers in the Chiawa Game Manage­ment. In the rest of the park, you'll find slinking leopards and proud lions chasing dancing zebras. And these are only the park's most famous residents. Lower Zambezi is also home to hundreds of bird species, grazing buffalo and even the rarely spotted Cape wild dog.

If you're looking to cast a line, Lower Zambezi has you covered. The area is well known as an excellent tiger fishing spot, drawing anglers from around the world to its banks. Bring a sun-hat, a picnic and take life at a slower pace while you wait for your catch. For the best (and most peaceful) spots, head just downriver of the national park itself, where you'll have the water all to yourself.

To see the beauty of the park in a different light, jump out of the jeep and climb aboard a river boat. For budding photographers, it's best way to get close to wildlife for the all-important shot. Gaze on drinking elephants just yards away and feel your heart in your mouth as you come face-to-face with fearsome crocodiles. The most intimate way to see the water and its wildlife, though, is by canoe. It's a uniquely tranquil experience; the only thing breaking the calm of the water is the plink of fish beneath the surface and hippos' eyes just above it.

After all that wildlife and scenery, you might be craving the buzz of city life. It's within easy reach: the verve of Zambia's vibrant capital is less than an hour and half from the western edge of Lower Zambezi National Park. As the country's largest city, Lusaka nourishes a thriving shopping scene. Head to the west side of Cairo Road to haggle with local vendors over just about anything at New City and Kamwala Markets. Culture lovers should make a beeline for Lusaka National Museum, which houses both historic artefacts and contemporary Zambian art.

Highlights

  • Glory in Africa's iconic wildlife

  • Tackle tiger fishing in the river

  • Explore the mighty Zambezi by boat

  • Feel the buzz in the capital Lusaka

Jody
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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

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Map of Lower Zambezi National Park