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Royal Zambezi Lodge is an award-winning luxury safari lodge on the Zambezi River in Zambia. This is Zambian safari accommodation at its best, where you can drink in the unforgettable Zambezi sunrise and be lulled to sleep with memorable bush sounds. The lodge offers walking, driving and river safaris and is just 5 minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park. Fly to the lodge from Lusaka or Livingstone using their airline, Royal Air Charters.
Tucked away in the Chiawa area, next to the Zambezi National Park, Mvuu Lodge Zambia is a typical African safari lodge that offers luxury tented camps, and self-catering and bush camp accommodation. Friendly staff make you feel welcome, there is a restaurant with passionate chefs who create superb meals, informed guides ensure your safari experience is utterly unforgettable. Mvuu Lodge has a small shop that stocks fishing tackle, basic toiletries and local curios.
Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-profit organisation committed to the protection of wildlife and to the sustainable use of natural resources in the Lower Zambezi. CLZ is centered around 3 main pillars of support - Wildlife Protection; Environmental Education, teaching children on the importance of their natural environment; and Community Support, helping communities as they grow, and encouraging them to develop sustainably.
A collection of stunning, award winning safari destinations that combine wilderness, luxury and responsibility – Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro and Puku Ridge. Chiawa Safaris offers an experience that is unpretentious and personalised, with high quality safaris, fabulous cuisine and lavish tented accommodation. Chiawa and Old Mondoro sit on the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park and Puku Ridge nestles in the wilds of South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy the safari adventure of a lifetime with personalized service, varied safari activities, world-class hospitality and friendly, knowledgeable guides.
The concept of Old Mondoro is simple - to provide guests with an authentic, intimate safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience whilst not forgoing any creature comforts or service. Guests will enjoy the 'back to the bush' atmosphere of Old Mondoro and is a destination in its own right that also offers some of the most prolific leopard sightings to be had in Africa - no one could want for more. With only 8 beds, Old Mondoro is the national park's most intimate and private safari camp.
In July 2010, Chongwe River Camp opens a purpose-built exclusive bush camp on the incredibly beautiful Tsika Island, allowing guests the option of a two- to five-day canoe safari along the Lower Zambezi. Located about 35 kilometres upstream from Chongwe, close to the village of Mugurumeno, Tsika Island Bush Camp can accommodate six guests in three bush rooms, each with en-suite facilities. Tsika Island is a community partnership project and combines the canoeing safari with a cultural experience.
Kasaka River Lodge by Chongwe Safaris is a twenty-two bed luxury tented safari camp in Zambia. It nestles on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Chiawa Game Management Area, Lower Zambezi National Park. Each en-suite chalet is secluded amongst native flora and the famous Mana Pools lies on the opposite bank of the river in Zimbabwe. Relax in the classic tents, wild mango honeymoon tent or the Hippo Pod private family lodge. Your accommodation is a real home from home.
Located at the confluence of the Zambezi River, the Kanyamba Lodge's island bushcamp is set in a mahogany forest frequented by elephants attracted to its thick shade. This safari camp is designed to give guests a real wilderness experience in a luxurious setting. The bush camp is prolific in bird life and the nearby dambo is a watering hole for a number of animal species. The bushcamp has four chalets which have comfortable beds, solid furniture, and all modern comforts.
Zambia's Lower Zambezi is renowned throughout Africa for its magnificent herds of wild elephant, exceptional predator viewing and of course the Zambezi River. It's also home to one of the continent's most spectacular and unique private homes. Chongwe River House sleeps eight in four spacious en suite bedrooms, making an ideal safari base for a family or a group of friends wanting a private safari.
Chongwe River Camp offers exclusive safaris and accommodation in the heart of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park rich in wildlife. Chongwe River Camp has a tailor-made list of safari activities to keep guests entertained throughout their stay. These include boat drives, game drives, walking safaris, canoeing and fishing. Situated in Zambia's Lower Zambezi, Chongwe River Camp is one of the oldest and most established camps in the area, with over 16 years of experience.
With about three kilometres of Zambezi River frontage in a premier fishing area on the Lower Zambezi, this safari lodge makes fantastic accommodation. Options include full board, self catering and a camp site. Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge is above all a fishing lodge, popular with anglers around the world. The accommodation and service is of high quality and there's a beautiful viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River. From here you can view wildlife coming down to drink.
Nestling in the shade of indigenous riverine trees on the confluence of the banks of the mighty Zambezi and Kafue River lies Nsofu, the newest addition to the collection of homely safari/fishing lodges. The safari lodge offers luxury accommodation for family, friends, or small groups interested in a truly, home away from home experience where they can spend some quality time together. It has been sensitively designed to allow ample space to relax, unwind and savour the tranquillity of the river.
Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp is in the beautiful unspoilt Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia offering lavish hospitality in a remote and scenic setting perfect for a safari camp. Experience the natural splendours of the Zambian bush in complete luxury and solitude. This Zambia safari camp offers a flexible itinerary and plans your safari outings according to your needs, whether you wish to go out for a few hours or for full day trips. It is perhaps best known for its exceptional fishing safaris on the Zambezi River. This safari camp offers a flexible itinerary and plans your safari outings according to your needs, whether you wish to go out for a few hours or for full day trips.
Potato Bush Camp lies adjacent to it's sister camp, the world-renowned Sausage Tree Camp. With a stunning panoramic view overlooking the Zambezi River and escarpment, this site is nestled under mahogany, sausage, winter thorn and Acacia Tortillas Trees, which provide excellent shade. Potato Bush Camp is comprised of three well-appointed canvas and rosewood safari tents and also a 2-bedroom family tent, similar to the very popular Kigelia House at Sausage Tree Camp.
Sausage Tree camp is the epitome of bush chic offering a civilized approach to a true bush experience with lavish attention to detail. This exclusive safari camp, specializes in the very best game viewing with the highest international standards in luxury and service. Set in a stunning location along the Zambezi River at the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The pristine location and Sausage Tree Camp offer all the game, all the luxury without all the people!
The safari lodge is carved out of the African bush and comprises of six stone and thatch chalets. Each chalet is equipped with a full en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and private deck overlooking the Zambezi River. The spacious and relaxed dining experience has a distinctly Italian influence. With an extensive library, comfortable lounge and swimming pool right by the river. Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi, only two and a half hours from Lusaka.

Lower Zambezi National Park

The diversity of animals at Lower Zambezi National Park is not as wide as you will find in other big national parks, but opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels and ‘island hopping’ are spectacular. Many animals like elephant, buffalo, kudu, crocodiles, impala and warthog can be found below the escarpment.

  • Special bird species
  • Great fishing experience
  • Open from June to September

The bird life, especially along the river is known to be exceptional making the Lower Zambezi National Park a paradise for photographers and bird lovers. It’s beauty lies in its state of absolute wilderness.

Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4,092 square kilometres. Most of the wildlife is concentrated along the escarpment valley floor which acts as a natural barrier to most of the wildlife in the national park. This game reserve is completely surrounded by a much larger Game Management Area (GMA).


The edge of the Zambezi River is overhung with a thick riverine fringe. Further inland is a floodplain which is edged with mopane forest and interspersed with winter thorn trees. The escarpment hills forming the background to the park are covered in broadleaf woodland. The park slopes smoothly from the Zambezi escarpment down to the river. In the main it straddles two woodland savannah ecoregions distinguished by the dominant types of trees – miombo, mopane, southern miombo woodlands on higher ground (in the north) and Zambezian and Mopane woodlands on the lower southern slopes. At the edge of the river is floodplain habitat.


Sadly the black rhino died out around the time the national park was declared, in 1983. But there are still huge herds of elephant, at times over 100, often seen at the river’s edge with buffalo and water buck. Lower Zambezi National Park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard. Nocturnal animals like hyena, porcupine, civet, genet and honey badgers can be spotted on night drives. Most large mammals also congregate on the floodplain, including buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards and many antelope, crocodiles and hippos.

Bird life

Birdlife includes the white fronted and carmine bee-eaters which nest on along the cliffs, the elegant crested guinea fowl, red winged Pratincole, black eagle and the vast swarms of quelea. In the summer season the stunning Narina Trogon makes its home here. Other special species are the trumpeter, Meyers parrot, horn bill and Lilian’s lovebird. Fish eagles can be seen and heard from miles around the Zambezi River area.

What to do

  • Fishing is great along the Zambezi River and lodges offer fishing with rods and simple tackle is provided with day long canoing and boating trips. Healthy tiger fish and bream catches are common as well as Vundu, a member of the catfish family that can weigh up to 50 kilograms.
  • Canoeing the Zambezi River allows you to float down the river at your leisure and safari operators will pick you up in a speedboat at the end of the day to bring you back. Highly recommended is overnighting at very comfortable bush camps on the banks of the Zambezi River after a day of canoing. The river has a strong enough current to take you down the river with little effort. River guides will take you down remote channels between the islands where your opportunity to get close to game are very high. Hippos are always in sight and elephant, zebra, puku, impala, buffalo, kudu and baboons can be seen browsing on the banks from the laid back comfort of your canoe. Various canoeing trips of various levels and durations are also recommended. All gear is carried in support canoes and camps are erected on islands on the river along the way. Everyone gets involved in setting up camp and cooking. These trips are cheaper, a little less comfortable, but the thrill of the wilderness is that much more intense.
  • Game drives and walking safaris offered by the lodges and camps provide game viewing opportunities and beautiful views of valleys, escarpment and river. Day and night drives offer a less taxing view of the wildlife here.

Getting there

Tourist numbers are few because this park is inaccessible by road, unless you have advanced 4×4 driving skills. Even then you can only access the park by road at certain times of the year. Visitors to the area arrive either by boat on the Zambezi River or by light aircraft flying from either Livingstone or Lusaka. Existing lodges and canoeing operators provide the best access to the park and this is not the best national park for self drive safari expeditions. Safari operators offer pick-ups from either Lusaka or Chirundu. The Chongwe River separates the western boundary of the park and this area can be accessed from Chirundu along a rough road then crossing the Kafue River by pontoon just beyond Gwabi Lodge.


  • Zambezi Escarpment
  • Zambezian and Mopane woodlands
  • Floodplain habitat along river


  • Buffalo
  • Civet
  • Crocodiles
  • Eland
  • Elephant
  • Genet
  • Hippopotamuses
  • Honey badger
  • Hyena
  • Impala
  • Kudu
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Porcupine
  • Roan
  • Samango monkey
  • Warthog
  • Water buck
  • Waterbuck
  • Zebra

Bird life

  • Black eagle
  • Carmine bee-eaters
  • Elegant crested guinea fowl
  • Fish eagles
  • Horn bill
  • Lilian’s lovebird
  • Meyers parrot
  • Narina Trogon
  • Quelea
  • Red winged Pratincole
  • Trumpeter
  • White fronted bee-eaters

Where to stay

  • Baines River Camp
  • Bushbuck Bushcamp
  • Chiawa Camp
  • Chongwe River Camp
  • Chongwe River House
  • Kanyemba Island Bushcamp
  • Kanyemba Lodge
  • Kasaka River Lodge
  • Kiambi Safari Lodge
  • Kwalata Camp
  • Msaku-Mbezi Safari Lodge
  • Mvuu Lodge
  • Mwambashi River Lodge
  • Old Mondoro Bushcamp
  • Redcliff Zambezi Lodge
  • Royal Zambezi Lodge
  • Sausage Tree Camp
  • Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge
  • Zambezi Kulefu Camp