The Lower Zambezi National Park: A Gem On The Zambezi River

The Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) is relatively new compared to other Zambian National Parks. It was declared a National Park in 1983. Compared in size to other game sanctuaries, the Lower Zambezi National Park is small, with an area of 4092 square kilometers.

Although small, the Park has a number of wild animals. The most common are elephant, waterbuck, kudu, hippo, crocodiles, zebra, and buffalo. Sightings of eland, roan and hyena are not rare.

An escarpment prevents the animals from straying away from the valley floor and they are confined to the valley. This makes game viewing easy because you don’t have to go far for the animals.

Most game is concentrated along the valley floor near the Zambezi River. The Park is home to a large population of the big game like buffalos, elephants and hippos. Across the Zambezi River is Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Game Sanctuary.

Best Time To Go There

Most of the lodges are open from May to December, but a few are open all year round. September and October are the best months for game viewing. Around this time, it’s not unusual to see a large herd of elephants near the river.

Fancy yourself an angler? The Zambezi River awaits you. September to November is the ideal time for tiger fishing and the Zambezi River won’t let you down.


The following are some lodges and camps in or on the peripherals of the Lower Zambezi National Park;

  • Baines’ River Camp,
  • Chiawa Camp,
  • Chongwe River Camp,
  • Sausage Tree Camp.
  • Kiambi Safari Lodge
  • Kanyemba Lodge
  • Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge
  • Royal Zambezi Lodge
  • Gwabi River Lodge

Kiambi Safari Lodge

Opened in 1999, Kiambi Safari Lodge is located on the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers. The Lodge has eight air conditioned chalets and camping facilities. You can indulge yourself in a lot of activities apart from the traditional game viewing. These include fishing, boating safaris, birding safaris, sunset cruises, game drives and canoeing safaris.


Tel: 0966655878/0977186106
Email: Kiambi@coppernet.zm
Web: www.kiambi.co.zm

Kanyemba Lodge

The Kanyemba Lodge offers excellent views of the Zambezi River and the surrounding area. It is an ideal place to relax and savour the scenery in privacy. Bush lovers are equally welcome at Kanyemba Island Bush camp. The camp has 4 luxuriously furnished chalets and ensuite bathrooms.


Tel: 0977755720
Email: info@kanyemba.com
Web: www.kanyemba.com

Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge

The Lodge is located on the eastern part of the park. It offers self-catering and full catering upmarket accommodation facilities. Tamarindtree Lodge has the only campsite in the area. Advance booking is advisable.


Tel: 0978070186
Email: ifish@tamarindtree-lodge.com
Web: www.tamarindtree-lodge.com

Royal Zambezi Lodge

The Royal Zambezi Lodge is a family-owned property. The lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River on the border with the Lower Zambezi National Park. The Royal Zambezi Lodge has 15 guest rooms consisting of deluxe rooms, honeymoon suites and luxury rooms.


Tel: +260 1261265
Mobile: +260979486618
Email: royalzambezihq@iwayafrica.com
Web: www.royalzambezilodge.com

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