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  • The highlight of the trip was Old Mondoro which was absolute paradise – Beautiful place, incredible setting and amazing wildlife – we saw more leopard than I would have believed possible – and really excellent sightings!

    John and Sophia travelled to Kafue, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia
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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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