The Lower Zambezi
This 4,092 sq KM Park situated on the banks of the Zambezi River with over 70 kilometres River frontage was forgotten for many years during the struggle for Independence of neighbouring Zimbabwe. This Park the nearest to Lusaka the Zambian Capital is the real Zambezi in its wild splendour. The Park is home to large prides of Lion, herds of Elephants, Buffalo, not to mention hippos and crocodiles. Other animals found here include Cheetah, Zebra, Baboons, Monkeys and other Species of antelopes.
This Park is designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO and is situated opposite Zimbabwes Mana Pools. Here the river is nearly 3 km wide, with lots of sand bars and islands which are home to various bird and wildlife.
This park is accessible from Lusaka by air. Road/boat transfers take 3 hours on average (which is 1 hour 30 minutes by road and another 1 hour 30 minutes by speed boat). This is a spectacular way of seeing the area.
There are a number of camps and lodges which include the following
Royal Zambezi Lodge
This is the most attractive Lodge set on the edge of the Park with accommodation being provided in large tented chalets under thatch for a maximum of 14 guests. These Chalets are spacious, well ventilated, Mosquito proof and with en-suite facilities providing running Hot and Cold water. This Lodge operates from March through to December each year.
Set in the heart of the Park this 12 bedded tented Lodge has its chalets on high platforms giving unrivalled views of the river, the surrounding park and Mana Pools National Park across the river in Zimbabwe. This lodge is operational from April each year to December.
Other Lodges include Kayila Lodge 5 chalets and accommodates 10 people, Chifungulu tented Camp with 6 tented chalets for 12 people and Redcliff Fishing Lodge with 7 chalets for a maximum of 16 people, Mvuu Lodge with 8 chalets for up to 20 people. oTHERS ARE KAYILA LODGE, KANYEMBA CAMP, KIAMBI, GWABI AND ZAMBEZI BREEZES
Activities include game drives, walks, boating and canoeing safaris. Canoeing Safaris are the most popular. These are conducted either as day excursions or alternatively, as extended safaris with nights being spent in camps that are situated on the islands or banks of the Zambezi.
Fishing is bountiful on the Zambezi. Sport fisherman world wide come here to catch Tiger Fish, Vundu, Barbel and Bream either by fly or tradition rod and line.