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  • Dear Rob, just to let you know we are safely back after a great holiday. All arrangements went beautifully and all lodges were excellent with good food and friendly staff. Overall, we were very happy with our holiday even though animal viewing in Botswana was not as good as Kenya and East Africa. However, we had a good balance of interesting birds and animals, which is what we wanted. We would definitely recommend all lodges and all your arrangements and connections worked extremely well – no hitches at all. So thank you for organising such a good holiday for us and we will definitely pass on our recommendation to use Safari Consultants in the future and would definitely use you again for trips to Africa! I’ll do a more detailed report of various experiences later, but just want to say thank you for organising the trip which was a great success!

    Anthony and Barbara from Kent travelled to see Victoria Falls and northern Botswana
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Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the northern banks of the mighty Zambezi River as it flows in an easterly direction as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The park is extensive, including the floodplains of the river and extending inland to encompass much of the impressive escarpment. This diversity provides the Lower Zambezi with a wider variety of habitat than the wildlife areas across the waters in Zimbabwe.

The floodplains are wooded with acacia and mahogany trees, and stretch out on either side of the river. During the dry season (May to October), the floodplains teem with a wide variety of wildlife and birdlife. Hippo are everywhere. Herds of elephant, buffalo, kudu, eland, impala and waterbuck graze the sweet grasses or browse on the tasty albida pods. Lion and sable rest in the shade of the giant figs. Wild dog roam through the area, and crocodiles bask in the shallows, awaiting their chance of a meal when the animals report to quench their thirst. Fringing the floodplains, thicker bush which shelters the shy creatures such as leopard, honey badger and bushbuck, is interspersed with open vleis providing ideal walking country. The hills are rugged and offer spectacular views over the valley looking east to the Mupata Gorge, and west back towards the Kafue River confluence with the Zambezi.

During the late dry season (late August onwards), both white fronted and carmine bee-eaters nest in the banks of the rivers providing a colourful spectacle to complete the impressive list of birds to be seen.

The key aspect of visiting the Lower Zambezi is to experience the river itself, and you’ll have the opportunity to canoe or boat through the channels, or try your hand at fishing. Walking is also available, and game drives are equally productive even though the park has a limited road infrastructure.

To find out more information on Zambezi safari options please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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