The rich and diverse habitat of the Lower Zambezi is home to a spectacular array of Zambia wildlife. Abundant water, food and shelter give rise to one of Africa's healthiest elephant populations, vast herds of buffalo, prides of lion, leopards, hyenas, jackals, hippos, crocodile, zebra, various small carnivores and omnivores, antelope and over 400 species of birds.
Although Africa is no stranger to conservation challenges such as encroachment and poaching, the Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Africa's best protected sanctuaries thanks to cooperation between the safari operators and Zambia Wildlife Authority through the charity Conservation Lower Zambezi (which Grant co-founded in 1994) and of which Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are anchor donors.
As a consequence, the Lower Zambezi will nearly always produce a first rate game viewing and birding experience, most especially when measured in the context of the scenery, habitat and variety of Zambezi safari activities available.
Absent from the Lower Zambezi are giraffe and wildebeest which never occurred here. Occasional wild dog sightings are experienced as these come and go (April/May and Sept/Oct are the best times to see them if you will) and no rhinos can be seen, which were poached out in the 1970's.
What makes wildlife viewing extra special in the Lower Zambezi is the opportunity to watch many of these creatures often at close quarters from, in and around the river.
Comprehensive printer-friendly mammal and bird checklists are available via the links below.