Lower Zambezi National Park may not boast the same high number of animals or vast diversity of species as other parks in Zambia, but its untouched wilderness provides visitors with a chance to experience real African bush. While the park is geographically large, most animals gather in an area concentrated along the lower valley. Lions and leopards populate the land, but perhaps most impressive are the herds of elephants—some numbering close to 100—that congregate along the river’s edge. Traveler can paddle the Chongwe River in canoes, take game rides through the valley floor or even cast their lines into the Kafue River in search of the night’s big catch.
Most lodges offer access to the park and pick-ups from Lusaka. The park can also be accessed via Chirundu. The road is rough, so a 4x4 is necessary. High season is June through September. The best fishing is in October.