Wild Zambia in the Lower Zambezi National ParkAugust 30, 2019
Journey on a safari in one of Zambia’s most picturesque, relatively unexplored and wildlife-rich destinations, the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Exceptional ecosystems and the wildlife they support flourish along the mighty Zambezi River, which begins its journey high in the Angolan mountains and reaches its crescendo at Victoria Falls before joining the watery waters of the Indian Ocean at Mozambique. While people flock to other more well-known safari destinations in Africa, it is on a wildlife safari in Zambia where getting off-the-beaten track becomes a true uncrowded wilderness adventure.
The Lower Zambezi National Park in Eastern Zambia is a 4,092 sq. km remote playground for diverse animal and bird found along the north-western bank of the Zambezi River. From May to November, the game-viewing and climate is at its very best in this region, although the heat does get turned up during October and November. Luxury camps and lodges are the name of the safari game here so expect the time between activities to be spent unwinding and being pampered.
Here are three ways to experience the spectacular wilderness of the Lower Zambezi:
On water: A boating safari is the highlight of any stay by the Zambezi River. As you cruise past the riverbank and watery plains that extend beyond, some of the best wildlife viewing will reveal itself before your eyes. It is a stronghold of large herds of buffalo, elephant and pods of hippo. Watching elephants frolicking in the depths of the cool water is always a special sight!
On foot: The Lower Zambezi is a place for remarkable bird watching either from the seat of the boat or on foot during a walking safari. Over 400 feathered species, such as the African jacana and southern ground hornbill, can be found wading in the shallows of the river or going about their daily lives in the miombo and mopane woodlands further inland.
On wheels: This is the hunting ground for healthy populations of two of Africa’s big cats, lion and leopard. Morning and late afternoon game drives offer good opportunities to see action-packed drama unfold as these powerful felines go prowling for their next meal. Shadowing these great predators are eager clans of hyena and groups of circling hooded vultures, a globally endangered species.
Contact us if an adventure in wild Zambia is what you are imagining for your next African safari.
All images courtesy of Sausage Tree Camp.
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