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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
The Lower Zambezi To Zambia Game Parks
You want to get away from the hustle and bustle of town life? Try Mubende Country Lodge, near Luanshya town. Situated at exactly 11 kilometres from Luanshya town, the lodge is truly a beauty.
The Levy Business Park, named after third president of the Republic of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa is dubbed as the "latest jewel".
The Golden Pillow Lodge, found in Southern Province has three branches in Mazabuka, Monze and Choma.
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