A PRISTINE WILDLIFE AREA WITH EXCELLENT GAME VIEWING OPPORTUNITIESThe Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia and is opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, meaning that the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi is a pristine wildlife sanctuary. The park was declared a national park in 1983 and prior to that was actually the private game reserve of Zambia’s president. This meant that the park was protected from the ravages of mass tourism and poaching and this has resulted in a relatively undeveloped wilderness area and whilst the diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, the opportunities to get close to game is superb. There are no tarred roads and tourist numbers are still relatively low with access by light aircraft or by boat.
The national park is actually surrounded by a much larger game management area (referred locally as a GMA), but there are no fences separating the park and the GMA and therefore the wildlife can traverse freely across the whole area. The Zambezi River’s edge is overhung with a thick band of riverine forest, including lovely ebony and fig trees, and you will see plenty of hippo, crocodile and elephant in and around the waters edge. Further inland there is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and acacias. The floodplains offer sightings of abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion, and leopard, together with a great variety of birds. Game drives and walks will often reveal big cats and on occasion, cheetah. Game drives, canoe safaris, fishing for tiger fish, bottle-nose fish or bream and birdwatching activities are the main highlights.
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