Lower Zambezi

Lower Zambezi
About 200 miles downstream from Victoria Falls is the world's largest man-made lake, Kariba, which is surrounded by safari areas, and below that the national parks of Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi straddle the mighty river - elephants cross between them. Simpler camps, mostly tented with nice pools overlooking the Zambezi. Zimbabwe/Zambia.
Best time: You can only visit in the dry season, from May to August is very pleasant, September - October temperatures rise but it's still dry.
Access: Charter from Victoria Falls.

I recommend these camps

Chiawa (9 tents-en-suite) The first camp in this park is still family run, and they’ve created a wonderfully welcoming feel with great food and service, on the banks of the Zambezi. Night drives, tiger fishing, walking and canoe/boat safaris. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Member of Classic Portfolio. Child friendly. $$$$$.
Kanga (11 tents-en-suite) Remote wood & canvas camp far inland from the Zambezi on the only waterhole for miles – so sit back and watch the game that comes. Comfortable, with a pool. Night drives. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of African Bush Camps. $$$$.
Little Rukomechi (3 tents-en-suite) More intimate and personal than sister camp Rukomechi upstream; light and airy style but luxurious. Walking is a speciality of this area. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of Wilderness Safaris. $$$$$. Read more.
Potato Bush (5 tents-en-suite) Newer addition to sister Sausage Tree Camp, also right on the Zambezi. Elegant canvas and wood tents feel more like spacious suites, with their own plunge pools. The really large Family House works as a villa if you’re looking for more privacy. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Private villa. Child friendly. $$$$$.
Rukomechi (10 tents-en-suite) Elephants move through the camp, magnificent view over the Zambezi & mountains behind, great birdlife. Uncomplicated but comfortable, with nice touches like outdoor baths and poolside hammocks. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of Wilderness Safaris. Child friendly. $$$$. Read more.
Sausage Tree (8 tents-en-suite) A beautiful camp to relax at – on a quiet channel of the Zambezi, lux wood & canvas tents with 4 poster beds, boat cruises, fishing, sunsets over the water, and a lap pool. Honeymoon suites have private pools, as does the private villa Kigelia House. Adjacent to sister camp Potato Bush. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Private villa. $$$$$.
Bumi Hills Safari (10 suites) Getting a big upgrade so all the rooms enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Kariba. Fishing and boating, chill poolside, or take a game drive but don’t expect the best sightings. Kariba / Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of African Bush Camps. Child friendly. $$$$.
Changa (8 tents-en-suite) Simple, relaxed camp on huge Lake Kariba; it’s not prime game viewing land but there are lion, elephant and cheetah – and bush babies in camp which can sometimes be seen in the day. Also, boat excursions, walking, birding and fishing. Kariba / Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of Classic Safari Africa. Child friendly. $$$.
Chongwe River (12+4 tents-en-suite) Wonderful position on the Zambezi, game viewing is mixed but also river cruises, canoeing & fishing to keep you busy. Organically designed River House alongside is exclusive use. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Member of Norman Carr Safaris. Private villa. Child friendly. $$$$.
John’s (6 tents-en-suite) Mana’s easternmost camp is far from others, on the Zambezi, in a simple rustic style. As you’d expect in this area, great walking, but also a nice surprise of healthy eating. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of Robin Pope Safaris. $$$.
Kasaka River (10 tents-en-suite) Family friendly, kids programme, on the Zambezi. Open year-round, which is unusual in this area. Upriver from Chongwe, same operators. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Member of Norman Carr Safaris. $$$$.
Musango Safari (8 tents-en-suite) On an island on Lake Kariba; similar activities as Changa. Camp has main structure and 2 rooms built from stone and thatch, remaining rooms canvas. Kariba / Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of Classic Safari Africa. Child friendly. $$$.
Old Mondoro (5 suites) More rustic than sister camp Chiawa, but also in a quieter area about an hour downstream which is great for walking. Like Chiawa, it offers night drives, tiger fishing and canoe/boat safaris. Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Member of Classic Portfolio. $$$$$.
Tsika Island (3 suites) Rustic camp built as a community project on an island in the Zambezi – a real adventure to begin here and canoe to the more lux Chongwe, operated by the same company. It’s so small you have the whole place exclusive use. Rooms are open to the elements (no predators on the island) and a […] Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Member of Norman Carr Safaris. Private villa. $$$$.
Zambezi Expeditions (6 tents-en-suite) The tents are put up for your arrival – it’s not a permanent camp – with bucket showers and open air dining on the banks of the Zambezi. A thrilling experience. Track wild dog, elephant and lion on foot, as Mana Pools is all about walking. If you’re an adventurer, there are canoes too. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Member of African Bush Camps. Child friendly. $$$$.
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