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Going on an Epic Safari in the Lower Zambezi National Park

Paul Changuion | June 25, 2023

Welcome to your safari in the Lower Zambezi National Park, a place of breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife along the magnificent Zambezi River. This is our newest destination that we get to share in with the latest additions to the Green Safaris family – Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp.

As you explore the Lower Zambezi, you’ll be captivated by its unique combination of 120 kilometers of Zambezi River frontage, the lush game-filled valley floor, and the awe-inspiring Zambezi Escarpment. This escarpment marks the southern limit of the Great East African Rift Valley, adding an extra layer of grandeur to the already breathtaking landscape. Across the Zambezi River lies the famed Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe, creating a natural border that enhances the park’s charm.

Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp are located on the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park

Although relatively new, the Lower Zambezi National Park was officially established in 1983 and spans over four thousand square kilometers (or 4092 square kilometers to be precise). Its boundaries are defined by the Chiawa Game Management Area to the west, Rufunsa GMA to the east, the Zambezi River to the south, and the Great East Road to the north. This protected haven is a sanctuary for wildlife, allowing them to thrive undisturbed in their natural habitat.

Encounter Zambia’s wild ones on safari in Lower Zambezi

Prepare to be mesmerized by the incredible array of fauna within the Lower Zambezi National Park. This natural haven is home to a diverse range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects, each playing a crucial role in the park’s intricate web of life. As you embark on your adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter some of Africa’s most majestic creatures.

Lion pride sitting in front of guests on a game drive safari in Lower Zambezi

During your stay in the Lower Zambezi, keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent elephants, graceful hippos, powerful buffalo herds, and elegant waterbucks. Zebras, impalas, bushbucks, and kudus will also cross your path, adding a touch of vibrancy to the landscape. When it comes to carnivores, the park is home to a healthy population of leopards, lions, and hyenas.

A pair of kudu stand on a small sandy hillock

You might catch glimpses of the elusive wild dog, serval, and African wild cat. Smaller animals such as side-striped jackals, dwarf mongooses, slender and banded mongooses, large spotted genets, civets, tree squirrels, honey badgers, porcupines, and aardvarks also contribute to the park’s rich tapestry of life.

Carmine bee eaters nesting on the banks of the Zambezi River

There are over 350 species of birds in the Lower Zambezi National Park. So whether you enjoy waking up to the booming call of the impressive ground hornbill, watching an African open-billed stork catching its breakfast in the shallows or find yourself mesmerised by the fluttering of tiny red-billed fire-finches in the Miombo woodland, there is a birding thrill for the novice and experienced bird watcher alike.

Experience the Lower Zambezi with the best private guiding

Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp offers some of the finest game-viewing in Africa, and there is no need to share your safari experiences with anyone else. Game viewing experiences range from on the water by boat and canoe to on land by four-wheel drive game viewing vehicles and foot. No matter how you choose to experience the magic of the Lower Zambezi, you can do so in total privacy with your own expert guideĀ and vehicles. The guides are expertly trained and have many years of experience under their belts to ensure the highest quality of guiding and safety standards.

The Lower Zambezi is a fascinating place and the guides love sharing their deep knowledge. One of the unique aspects of the Lower Zambezi National Park is how the animals disperse throughout the seasons, which creates natural migration pattern that provides a remarkable opportunity to witness the concentration of wildlife and the struggles they face here. Each guide will have experienced the changing landscape and wildlife movements throughout the year and can beautifully paint picture of this dynamic environment.

Sausage Tree and Potato Bush support initiatives led by Conservation Lower Zambezi, the Zambian Wildlife Authority and local communities that proactively safeguard and conserve this precious ecosystem. So, as you venture into the Lower Zambezi National Park, remember to tread lightly, respecting the delicate balance of nature and leaving no trace behind.

Whether you’re an intrepid adventurer, a passionate wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking solace in the arms of nature, the Lower Zambezi National Park promises an extraordinary experience. Let its stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, and inspiring conservation efforts awaken your sense of wonder and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of this hidden African gem.

If you are ready for a adventure along the Zambezi River, enquire via our online form or contact Reservations directly to book your stay at Sausage Tree Camp or Potato Bush Camp.

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