Lower Zambezi National park is positioned on the north bank of the Zambezi River, right the opposite of the Mana Pools National park in Zimbabwe, making both sides of Zambezi River an immense sanctuary. Along with the trend in Southern Africa, there is a talk of connecting both parks to form a massive trans-frontier park, establishing a colossal stretch of protected wilderness.
Nonetheless Lower Zambezi National Park occupies a huge territory of 4,092 km², most of the wildlife representatives can be spotted on the banks of the river along the valley, creating a game viewing so exciting! Just think of up to 100 strong herds of elephants taking a mud bath or slaking their thirst, while you make it through the waters on a canoe…
Actually water based activities is a great bonus to usual land activities, and is a ‘must do’ in this particular park. Some camps offer a day long trip on canoe, where the River waters will carry you down the stream, passing by buffaloes, zebras, monkeys, leopards and other magnificent animals and hearing the ubiquitous sounds of nature and the fish eagle.
Southwestern part of the park is the most popular, as there you can find the main entrance at Chongwe Gate, it is easier to reach and enjoy excellent wildlife viewing in the most scenic part of the park. You can expect more people here, although the more you go further to the central or eastern part, the surroundings get wilder.
As already mentioned, water activities are really popular in Lower Zambezi. For example, only a boat ride will take you to the East and downstream of the Zambezi to see the different character of the park: no floodplain as such and hills so close to the water. This sector is known for its’ astonishing and breathtaking Mpata Gorge and prime tiger fishing (catch and release only).