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Lolebezi: The Gem of the Lower Zambezi

In the Lower Zambezi valley, the Zambezi River is protected by a beautiful escarpment that slopes down to the river’s surface. Over time, the river’s mineral-rich volcanic soils have created lush greenery and several channels and oxbow lakes that have attracted a wide variety of animals.  

South-eastern Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park has an area of 4,092 square miles. Because it was the president of Zambia’s private wildlife reserve until 1983, when it was named a national park, the region has been spared the effects of mass tourism and remains relatively pure.  

Game Management Areas encircle the park and there are no walls between them, allowing animals to freely wander throughout. The remote nature of the Lower Zambezi National Park is one of the park’s most appealing features. The park’s northern escarpment serves as a physical barrier, and the majority of the area is steep. Due to the river’s vast, deep basin, the majority of the wildlife may be found in the valleys or in the flat floodplains next to it.  

The charm of the Lower Zambezi lies in the fact that it is so underdeveloped. It’s a little less diverse than other major parks, but it’s a great place to get up close and personal with the wildlife. The park is located just across the river from Zimbabwe‘s famed Mana Pools National Park, making it a wildlife refuge on both sides of the river.  

It is common for guests to come by boat or small plane. You should avoid a road trip unless you have a lot of off-road driving expertise and arrive at the proper time of year. 

Conservation in the Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi system, which includes Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, is a sub-Saharan African elephant population stronghold, and LZNP is a component of that system. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species includes lions, hippopotamuses, and wild dogs, all of which may be found in the region (IUCN 2016).

Because of the increasing threat to wildlife populations and natural resources in the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) and surrounding Game Management Areas (GMAs) posed by human population growth, poaching (both subsistence and commercial), and resource exploitation, concerned stakeholders founded Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) in 1994. CLZ is one of Zambia’s oldest and most well-known conservation organisations, having worked with the Lower Zambezi Valley’s wildlife authorities for the past 20 years and establishing long-term relationships with the local wildlife authorities and communities.

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Lolebezi – The Gem of the Lower Zambezi

Lolebezi, the brand-new property in the African Bush Camps family, is situated in the awe-inspiring Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and will undoubtedly be one of the most breathtaking.  

The lodge has been developed to take advantage of the one kilometre of private river frontage that it possesses on five acres of protected wilderness. Waking up to the gorgeous Zambezi River flowing right in front of your room is simply awe-inspiring!  

The Lower Zambezi offers some of the greatest animal sightings in the world, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In order to get the most out of your trip, we recommend going on foot with one of our knowledgeable guides from African Bush Camps. Walking through the acacia trees of Africa, seeking out the continent’s famed animals, is one of life’s greatest experiences.  

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Luxurious amenities are seamlessly integrated with the rustic elegance and simplicity that can only be found in Africa’s wild. Lolebezi’s four, luxury river suites and two double family units are ideal for both family vacations and romantic getaways. The lodge has a private plunge pool and a thatched sala on the river, both of which are air-conditioned.  

As a nod to the owners’ son’s name, “Lole,” and the awe-inspiring events that await on the Zambezi, the name “Lolobezi” was coined.  

Guests can unwind in their suites’ private plunge pools while sipping a G&T and watching the big river flow by. There is also a yoga deck and a spa on-site for those who want even more rest and relaxation.  

Game drives, walking safaris, river cruises, and fishing are just a few of the many options available to visitors.  Lolebezi is an excellent option for ecotourists. Off-grid solar energy powers the lodge, which was built with sustainability in mind. All visitors to Lolebezi will be profoundly impacted by their experience, and the luxury safari experience in Africa will be redefined as a result. 

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