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Businesses in Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia

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Mvuu Lodge Zambia
Safari lodge
Lower Zambezi National Park
Mvuu Lodge Zambia offers luxurious accommodation with a choice of 11 luxurious tents and 7 campsites. All accommodation comes with superb amenities to make for a comfortable stay. The lodge has three self-catering tents and all tents are fully equipped with fresh beddings, mosquito nets and many more.
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Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ)
Community support
Lower Zambezi National Park
In places like Zambia, where humans and wildlife coexist and fend for space and natural resources on a daily basis, providing support to the community forms a key component of wildlife protection. This is especially true for the areas surrounding the Lower Zambezi National Park.
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Mvuu Lodge Zambia
Fishing
Lower Zambezi National Park
The waters that surround Mvuu Lodge Zambia are the perfect habitat for many species of fish such as Tiger fish, Bream, chessa, Nkupi, and the legendary Vundu, making this a fishing haven. Experienced guides accompany guests on all fishing expeditions, assuring guests of great opportunities to catch trophy fish.
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Mvuu Lodge Zambia
Safari
Lower Zambezi National Park
Mvuu Lodge Zambia offers an exciting safari package that includes canoeing, game viewing, bird watching, fishing expeditions and river cruises. Indigenous bush surrounds the lodge, wildlife roam freely through the camp; the unspoilt and abundant Zambezi River offers phenomenal game fishing.
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Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ)
Environmental Education
Lower Zambezi National Park
Through educational lessons and activities on school visits to CLZ’s education centre and on outreach visits to the schools, CLZ aims to raise awareness and to build a generation of local community members that take pride in Zambia’s natural heritage and feel responsible for its protection.
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Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ)
Wildlife Protection
Lower Zambezi National Park
Conservation Lower Zambezi operates under a memorandum of understanding with the Zambia Wildlife Authority, DNPW (former ZAWA), and strives to protect and preserve the integrity of the Lower Zambezi Valley.
Nsofu
Safari lodge
Lower Zambezi National Park
Set in the Lower Zambezi National park, Nsofu offers affordable luxury accommodation. The lodge has two self-catering villas each featuring a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and a beautiful patio facing a river. The suites are air-conditioned with opulent linen and classic furnishings.
Nsofu
Fishing
Lower Zambezi National Park
Whatever kind of fisherman you are, Nsofu have the bait to get you fishing. The Zambezi and Kafue is a paradise for any adventurous angler, whether a conventional, lure or fly fisher, you are up against tiger fish, bream, vundu, nkupi, catfish, and African pike. Nsofu does river transfers from hotel to hotel or lodge to lodge using their boats.
Nsofu
River Safaris
Lower Zambezi National Park
At Nsofu, sunset cruises will take you up and downstream to view the late afternoon activities of the abundant wildlife that call the Zambezi their home. Whether you are already a hardcore bird-enthusiast or never thought about 'birding' before in your life: after your first safari to the Lower Zambezi, birds will win over your heart.
Potato Bush Camp
Fishing
Lower Zambezi National Park
Potato Bush Camp has expert fishing guides and a range of boats to perfectly suit the real fishing enthusiast. The camp supplies all fishing euipment, but for enthusiasts who prefer their own equipment. The tackle and technique for tigerfish has been described as very similar to that of 'bone-fishing'.
Potato Bush Camp
Safari
Lower Zambezi National Park
Game drives are the most successful way to see a good variety of wildlife, both large and small. Visiting more areas, and witnessing the diversity of the Lower Zambezi National Park you can appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of Zambia. A larger area can be covered in a shorter time frame, increasing the chance to find good game.
Potato Bush Camp
Safari camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Potato Bush Camp sets high standards in the new era for small exclusive luxury tented safari camps! This African contemporary design perfectly balances the raw structural integrity and natural beauty of solid Zambian Rosewood and dramatically compliments the use of traditional canvas.
Sausage Tree Camp
Fishing
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular fresh water sport fishing in the world with plentiful Tigerfish and Tilapia. The most sporting and certainly the most fun fish to catch is the famous Tigerfish renowned for their strength and spectacular 'leaping out of the water' fighting performance.
Sausage Tree Camp
Safari
Lower Zambezi National Park
Sausage Tree Camp offers some of the finest game viewing anywhere in Africa. It's location within the Lower Zambezi National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River means that game viewing activities take place both on the water, by boat and canoes, and on the land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles or bush walks.
Sausage Tree Camp
Safari camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Under shading Mahogany trees with outstanding views, Sausage Tree Camp, sleeping only 16 guests offers a civilized approach to a true bush experience with lavish attention to detail. The central dining and bar area is fronted by an enormous teak deck overlooking the Zambezi River and low set reed islands teeming with game.
Tsika Island
Safari camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Offering visits to the Mugurumeno Basic School and the cultural village on the nearby mainland as activities. The Chiawa community has pledged exclusive use of Tsika Island to Chongwe, which in turn has pledged $50 of each bed night to directly benefit the community, making them real partners in the project.
Old Mondoro Camp
Safari
Lower Zambezi National Park
A river safari, a day or night game drive, a walking safari taking advantage of the cooler weather of the early morning these are relaxing ways to enjoy wildlife viewing all the while in awe of the scenery, perhaps a buffalo lurking in the reeds, a crocs and hippos sunning themselves, or elephants crossing the river.
Old Mondoro Camp
Safari camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands from a grove of Acacia trees that tower above the massive elephant bulls that seem to be constantly feeding on them, this is perhaps the most beautiful site in the Lower Zambezi National Park and certainly one of the most remote. For those wanting a premier safari in a small camp.
Chiawa Safaris
Fishing
Lusaka +3
Fishing for Tiger Fish is one of the seasonal specialties of the Zambezi River. Although Tiger Fish and other species can be caught throughout their safari season, the best time to catch Tiger Fish is from late August to mid November during the hotter months of the year.
Chiawa Safaris
Safari
Lusaka +3
Chiawa Safaris offers exciting game drives, walking safaris, canoe trips, boat cruises, fishing and hide safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park are home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife that can be viewed on land based safari activities, through a variety of water based activities and in the camps themselves!
Chiawa Safaris
Safari camp
Lusaka +3
Chiawa Camp, Old Modorro and Puku Ridge Tented Camp all offer an authentic experiential safari, where the focus is on the surrounding bush, the river, the wildlife and you. They offer the highest standards in service and guiding together with a strong focus on responsible tourism and conservation.
Kanyemba Island Bushcamp
Safari camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
The chalets are private and secluded, and are built on stilts providing a spectacular view of the surroundings, in all safety. Each chalet is connected to a UHF radio network for safety and for calling escorts to the main area. The bathrooms are 'open top' and are connected to the verandas by an open walkway.
Chongwe River House
Safari lodge
Lower Zambezi National Park
It stands on the banks of the magical Chongwe River, close to the Zambezi, and with a sensational view of the dramatic mountainous escarpment beyond. Many animals come to the Chongwe River to drink and from the deck the game viewing can be as good as any safari activity.

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park was declared a national park in 1983, it lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe. A world heritage site that attracts herds of elephants and has a lot of other wildlife. It offers walking safaris, canoe safaris, boat trips and some of the best tiger fishing in the world. This is Zambia’s newest national park and it is still relatively undeveloped. There are no fences between the park and the game management area so wildlife and people are free to roam across the whole area.

The diversity of animals at Lower Zambezi National Park is not as wide as you will find in other big national parks, but opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels and ‘island hopping’ are spectacular. Many animals like elephant, buffalo, kudu, crocodiles, impala and warthog can be found below the escarpment.

  • Special bird species
  • Great fishing experience
  • Open from June to September

The bird life, especially along the river is known to be exceptional making the Lower Zambezi National Park a paradise for photographers and bird lovers. It’s beauty lies in its state of absolute wilderness.

Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4,092 square kilometres. Most of the wildlife is concentrated along the escarpment valley floor which acts as a natural barrier to most of the wildlife in the national park. This game reserve is completely surrounded by a much larger Game Management Area (GMA).

Ecology

The edge of the Zambezi River is overhung with a thick riverine fringe. Further inland is a floodplain which is edged with mopane forest and interspersed with winter thorn trees. The escarpment hills forming the background to the park are covered in broadleaf woodland. The park slopes smoothly from the Zambezi escarpment down to the river. In the main it straddles two woodland savannah ecoregions distinguished by the dominant types of trees – miombo, mopane, southern miombo woodlands on higher ground (in the north) and Zambezian and Mopane woodlands on the lower southern slopes. At the edge of the river is floodplain habitat.

Wildlife

Sadly the black rhino died out around the time the national park was declared, in 1983. But there are still huge herds of elephant, at times over 100, often seen at the river’s edge with buffalo and water buck. Lower Zambezi National Park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard. Nocturnal animals like hyena, porcupine, civet, genet and honey badgers can be spotted on night drives. Most large mammals also congregate on the floodplain, including buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and many antelope, crocodiles and hippos.

Bird life

Birdlife includes the white fronted and carmine bee-eaters which nest on along the cliffs, the elegant crested guinea fowl, red winged Pratincole, black eagle and the vast swarms of quelea. In the summer season the stunning Narina Trogon makes its home here. Other special species are the trumpeter, Meyers parrot, horn bill and Lilian’s lovebird. Fish eagles can be seen and heard from miles around the Zambezi River area.

What to do

  • Fishing is great along the Zambezi River and lodges offer fishing with rods and simple tackle is provided with day long canoing and boating trips. Healthy tiger fish and bream catches are common as well as Vundu, a member of the catfish family that can weigh up to 50 kilograms.
  • Canoeing the Zambezi River allows you to float down the river at your leisure and safari operators will pick you up in a speedboat at the end of the day to bring you back. Highly recommended is overnighting at very comfortable bush camps on the banks of the Zambezi River after a day of canoing. The river has a strong enough current to take you down the river with little effort. River guides will take you down remote channels between the islands where your opportunity to get close to game are very high. Hippos are always in sight and elephant, zebra, puku, impala, buffalo, kudu and baboons can be seen browsing on the banks from the laid back comfort of your canoe. Various canoeing trips of various levels and durations are also recommended. All gear is carried in support canoes and camps are erected on islands on the river along the way. Everyone gets involved in setting up camp and cooking. These trips are cheaper, a little less comfortable, but the thrill of the wilderness is that much more intense.
  • Game drives and walking safaris offered by the lodges and camps provide game viewing opportunities and beautiful views of valleys, escarpment and river. Day and night drives offer a less taxing view of the wildlife here.

Getting there

Tourist numbers are few because this park is inaccessible by road, unless you have advanced 4×4 driving skills. Even then you can only access the park by road at certain times of the year. Visitors to the area arrive either by boat on the Zambezi River or by light aircraft flying from either Livingstone or Lusaka. Existing lodges and canoeing operators provide the best access to the park and this is not the best national park for self drive safari expeditions. Safari operators offer pick-ups from either Lusaka or Chirundu. The Chongwe River separates the western boundary of the park and this area can be accessed from Chirundu along a rough road then crossing the Kafue River by pontoon just beyond Gwabi Lodge.

Ecology

  • Zambezi Escarpment
  • Zambezian and Mopane woodlands
  • Floodplain habitat along river

Wildlife

  • Buffalo
  • Civet
  • Crocodiles
  • Eland
  • Elephant
  • Genet
  • Hippopotamuses
  • Honey badger
  • Hyena
  • Impala
  • Kudu
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Porcupine
  • Roan
  • Samango monkey
  • Warthog
  • Water buck
  • Waterbuck
  • Zebra

Bird life

  • Black eagle
  • Carmine bee-eaters
  • Elegant crested guinea fowl
  • Fish eagles
  • Horn bill
  • Lilian’s lovebird
  • Meyers parrot
  • Narina Trogon
  • Quelea
  • Red winged Pratincole
  • Trumpeter
  • White fronted bee-eaters

Where to stay

  • Baines River Camp
  • Bushbuck Bushcamp
  • Chiawa Camp
  • Chongwe River Camp
  • Chongwe River House
  • Kanyemba Island Bushcamp
  • Kanyemba Lodge
  • Kasaka River Lodge
  • Kiambi Safari Lodge
  • Kwalata Camp
  • Msaku-Mbezi Safari Lodge
  • Mvuu Lodge
  • Mwambashi River Lodge
  • Old Mondoro Bushcamp
  • Redcliff Zambezi Lodge
  • Royal Zambezi Lodge
  • Sausage Tree Camp
  • Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge
  • Zambezi Kulefu Camp