Lower Zambezi

Location: Southern Zambia, bordering Zimbabwe
Climate: Open during the dry season of April to November
Typical Landscape: Lush bushland full of wildlife

The Lower Zambezi is a key national park of Zambia, and is only 30 minutes from Lusaka – it is only half the size of the South Luangwa and lies between the dramatic Zambezi escarpment and the spectacular Zambezi River, and is an absolute haven for wildlife. The many channels, lagoons, sandbanks and islands open up to open plains, woodland and bush, making for extremely diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife.

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Drifting along in a dug-out canoe, or fishing here, after a mornings game drive, is one of the most relaxing ways to see Zambia. Walking safaris here are also fabulous with some of the best walking guides in the industry stationed in the Lower Zambezi.

Fishing is a key activity in the Zambezi and you can fly fish as well as cast and reel. There is a strict catch and release for most of the species. The key species are tigerfish, vundu, (similar to a “catfish” or barbell) and banded tilapia. The tigerfish gives a good fight will leap and twist out of the water in the sunlight – they are sought after by many keen fishermen. The best months for the tigers are September to November.

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