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The Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s newest park. It is at this point along the mighty Zambezi River that the river forms little reed islands, which are home to a myriad of wildlife.
The beauty of this park is its state of absolute wildness. Despite the fact that the variety and amount of game is not as wide as the other parks, there are some spectacular opportunities to get close to the game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels. The park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary.
Canoeing safaris offer the visitor a unique opportunity for game viewing. When you are at water level on a boat, the animals seem to accept you.
The park covers three different habitats - the river is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, while further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winterthorn trees. The hills that form the backdrop to the park are covered in broadleaf woodland.
The park covers a wide area, but the game is mostly found at the bottom of the valley. The escarpment along the northern end of the park acts as a barrier to most of the animals.
Enormous herds of elephant, some up to 100 strong, are often seen at the river’s edge. ’Island hopping’ buffalo and waterbuck are common. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard.