Lower Zambezi

Africa’s greatest wilderness

A place where Africa’s most unspoilt nature stretches out in front of you

The Lower Zambezi National Park runs beautifully along the Zambezi River and borders Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. Ones love for the Lower Zambezi stems from the seemingly never-ending unspoiled vegetation and the lack of fencing that allows animals to roam freely around the National Park. Not to mention the clear, exquisite night skies sparkling with more stars than one could imagine.

The remoteness of the Lower Zambezi is one of its biggest drawcards for most travellers as traces of people are hard to find – a rarity in the modern world. Here, you’ll be swept away by the park’s big herds of elephant and buffalo, it’s sunbathing crocodiles, sleeping lions, stealthy leopards, lively African wild dogs and many more exotic species. This also happens to be a fantastic spot for fishing, with healthy tiger fish and bream often caught along the lush riverbanks.

It’s been said this is Zambia’s most beautiful park, and we’re inclined to agree…

Seasonal Information

Find out the best times to visit the Lower Zambezi.

  • Green Season
  • Mid Season
  • High Season

January is the green season and one of the wettest months in the Lower Zambezi. The grassy plains are lush with new life and the shorelines are alive with the wildlife. In between the showers of rain, there are long stretches of beautiful sunshine with temperatures reaching up to 30°C. While the Lower Zambezi is an excellent year-round birding destination, the rainy season is particularly wonderful to encounter the flocks of migrants as they swoop above the river.

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February is the peak of the green season in the Lower Zambezi, the grassy plains are lush with new life and the shorelines are alive with the sound of wildlife. In between the showers of rain, there are long stretches of beautiful sunshine with temperatures reaching up to 30°C. While the Lower Zambezi is an excellent year-round birding destination, the green season is particularly wonderful to encounter the flocks of migrants as they swoop above the river.

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March is still the green season in the Lower Zambezi, the grassy plains are luscious and the shoreline is alive with the sights and sound of wildlife. In between the showers of rain, there are long stretches of beautiful sunshine with temperatures reaching up top 30°C. While the Lower Zambezi is an excellent year-round birding destination, the green season is particularly wonderful to encounter the flocks of migrants as they swoop above the river.

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As April arrives the rain eases in the Lower Zambezi. The lush landscapes are a rich shade of emerald and the skies bright blue, making for excellent photographic opportunities. The cool and dry weather also sets the scene for some mesmerising African sunsets. Temperatures during April range from 29°C during the day to 16°C at night. While the Lower Zambezi is a great year-round birding destination, the green season is particularly wonderful to encounter the flocks of migrants as they swoop above the river.

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May is the start of the dry season, however, following the rains, the Lower Zambezi is still an emerald wonderland. The lush grasses and mesmerising sunsets provide a beautiful backdrop for wildlife photography. This is a prime time to visit for outstanding wildlife encounters, as the animals start to congregate along the shoreline in search of water. Temperatures range from 28°C during the day to 13°C at night.

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In June, the vegetation begins to thin out, making wildlife easier to spot – especially the more elusive species. The days are filled with ample sunshine and animals such as buffalo and elephant start to gather around the Lower Zambezi River’s shoreline in search of a welcoming cool down in the refreshing water. Temperatures during this time range from 25°C during the day to 10°C at night.

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July is a prime month to visit the Lower Zambezi; temperatures are mild ranging from 10°C to 25°C and predator sightings are abundant. The river becomes a hub of activity as the animals emerge from the dry plains in search of the river’s refreshing water.

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In August the bush is dry, with temperatures ranging from 12°C to 28°C. The Zambezi River is a gathering place for animals, as the wildlife has moved from the hot and dry plains to the river’s cool water. This makes for some excellent wildlife sightings.

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September forms part of the peak dry season and is excellent for wildlife viewing. The Lower Zambezi is a hub of activity since the animals have moved from the hot and dry bush areas to the river’s cooling water. Temperatures during this time range from 16°C to 32°C. September is also a great season if you want to try your hand at catching a large and fighting tiger fish.

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Temperatures in October continue to rise towards 40°C until the first rains start, cooling things down to the delight of the wildlife in the area. Unlike other parks, the Lower Zambezi never dries up, providing a year-round water source for the vegetation which then attracts lots of wildlife. As such, wildlife sightings will always be fantastic at this time of year. October is also a great season if you want to try your hand at catching large tiger fish.

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November is the official start of the green season with rainfall becoming more frequent. Afternoon showers and impressive thunderstorms light up the skies and temperatures average around 35°C. November is still beautiful and fruiting trees make for interesting bird and animal sightings such as porcupines and bats.

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December is one of the wettest months in the Lower Zambezi, with daily bursts of rain showers. The landscapes have well and truly been transformed into a lush green oasis and the birthing season begins. Temperatures during this time range from 31°C during the day to 20°C at night.

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