What to do in Sioma Ngwezi National Park

T
he park is located in the south western corner of Zambia. It is largely undeveloped and only recently has seen the attraction of visitors. The park is surrounded by a 35 000 square kilometre Game Management Area and allows for the free movement of animals as it is unfenced.  

  • Game Drives are possible despite the lack of road infrastructure. Only a few operators offer this activity. It is possible to take your own car but this is not recommended as it is difficult to make your way around. If you do decide to self- drive through the park, 4×4’s would be advisable and hiring a guide is a good idea.
  • If walking in the African Bush sounds like your type of activity, then you are in luck as the largely unspoilt park is a walker’s paradise. A guide can be hired to accompany you as you explore the flora and fauna of this remote park.
  • Bird Watching in the park as in many of Zambia’s national parks is fantastic. The prominence of the Kwando River in the south provides a haven for birds like the African fish eagle, yellow billed kites and kingfishers.

The nearby Zambezi River is also home to the Ngonye (or Sioma) Falls. With a height of 10- 25m they are not as high or as well-known as the famous Victoria Falls, but the sheer volume of water and the width of the falls make a visit to them worthwhile. In the dry season, there may even be a possibility to take a swim in one of the many rock pools. While you are exploring the Zambezi River, you may wish to try your hand at tiger fishing, kayaking, canoeing or even enjoying a leisurely sunset cruise.

The park is rarely visited and largely underdeveloped so be sure to enquire about getting around and where to stay in the area before deciding to go.