The Lower Zambezi National Park is quite remote and as a result is still relatively undeveloped – its beauty lying in its pristine wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as Zambia’s other bigger and better known parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary.
The Zambezi’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, including ebony and fig trees. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and dotted with winterthorn trees and huge acacias. The hills which form the backdrop to the Lower Zambezi National Park are covered in broadleaf woodland.
Even though the park covers an area of only just over 4,000 square kms, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor, where the water and grazing is plentiful. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the park’s animal species. Enormous herds of elephant, of up to 100 strong, are often seen at the Zambezi’s edge. Buffalo and waterbuck are common. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard, and listen too for the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle.
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