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Lower Zambezi

Zambia’s Most Prolific Wildlife Haven

The great Zambezi River, which is fringed with ebony and fig trees, flows into curving ox-bow lagoons. Black pods of hippo fill the pools. In the sandier waters, you will see iridescent carmine bee-eater colonies, while kingfisher and African skimmer flit above the water. The Zambezi is popular with fish eagle, stork, egret, and even the occasional osprey. There is no better way of seeing them than on a sundowner boat cruise or by canoe. To hear the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle is to listen in on the beating heart of Africa. Paddling with a guide down the channels in the river, past buffalo and elephant swimming across the river to feed on the grassy islands, is a truly awe-inspiring experience.
 
Much of the Lower Zambezi is not easily accessible, so most animals live on the valley floor in a fairly restricted area. This makes them relatively easy to find. There’s a strong population of predators, antelope and other large mammals; if you venture out at night, you can see porcupine, civet, genet and honey badger.
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Accommodation:
Chiawa Camp

A luxurious family-run camp set under a grove of mahogany trees along the banks of the Zambezi River, Chiawa Camp has a rich history and is located in one of the best wildlife-viewing spots in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.

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Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp was voted #1 on the BBC's Ten Best Luxury Destinations programme and is deserving of the accolade. We love it for its riverside location, the laid-back atmosphere and some of the very best predator spotting in the Lower Zambezi.

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Old Mondoro Bushcamp

A family-run camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park that provides an authentic safari experience without compromising on luxury or service, Old Mondoro Bushcamp offers fantastic views of the Zambezi and unbeatable wildlife encounters, with an emphasis on sustainability.

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Chongwe River House

A unique house built on its namesake, the Chongwe River, Chongwe River House offers luxurious suites, a private swimming pool and spectacular game viewing opportunities. It is the perfect place to take in the beauty of Zambia without compromising on comfort.