There are several lodges on the lower Zambezi, all offering game viewing and relaxing opportunities. They are all reached by arrangement as access is usually by motor boat along the Zambezi.
Camps within the National Park
Chiawa Camp has luxury tented, en suite accommodation for 16 guests in the heart of the prime game viewing area of the Lower Zambezi National Park. This "Best in Africa" award winning camp's speciality is game viewing in the company of its renowned guiding team on day & night drives in open 4x4 vehicles, river cruises on its custom built pontoon boats, canoeing, bush walks and catch & release angling. Chiawa Camp pioneered safaris into the Lower Zambezi National Park and is a leader in conservation activity. Everything about Chiawa is first rate. Operating season is from April to November.
Old Mondoro is Chiawa Camp's sister bush camp, sleeping only 8 guests in a remote, river front location in the Lower Zambezi National Park. 4 rooms all ensuite with some of Zambia's finest walking country right out of camp this magical retreat can be combined with stays at Chiawa Camp or enjoyed on its own, offering day & night game drives, walking, canoeing, game viewing by boat and catch & release angling - consistent leopard sightings and near omni-present elephants in camp assure you of one of Africa's most exciting safari experiences.
Sausage Tree Camp offers superb comfort in a rustic setting on the banks of the River. Canoeing safaris as well as game drives and night drives, walks in the bush, birding trails and often you can just sit in your tent and watch the action!
Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp Deep in the game-rich Lower Zambezi National Park, there is a secluded intimate safari camp settled comfortably in the deep shade of tall riverine trees. Profoundly peaceful, eco-friendly and well appointed, the camp overlooks one of the permanent channels of the legendary Zambezi River. This extremely remote area is abundant with game including the “big Four”. There are good populations of elephant, lion, Buffalo, waterbuck, leopard, hyena, zebra, various gazelle and many bird species.
Camps just outside the Park
Chongwe River Camp, found at the Chongwe River and Zambezi confluence, opposite Mana Pools. It has 6 chalets under the canopy of huge Acacia trees. Unparalleled tiger fishing area, with great game and bird viewing opportunities.
Kanyemba Lodge Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi, Kanyemba Lodge is built of natural materials, and the chalets blend in perfectly with the surroundings, providing extreme comfort in the warmer months and a very high level of privacy throughout your stay. Each chalet has its own private veranda with magnificent views across the Zambezi River, where early morning wake up calls are delivered. Overlooking the river the restaurant and bar allow spacious dining while upstairs, guests can relax and enjoy the extensive library and lounge with a view. Each evening guests are treated to Kanyemba Lodge’s famous cuisine under the branches of a giant wild Mango Tree.
Kayila Safari Camp is on the Zambian bank of the Zambezi River in its own 10,000Ha private concession, overlooking the Mana Pools National Park. The thatched central lounge and dining area with a swimming pool and patio area is centred in a cluster of accommodation designed to suit all needs: From our beautifully appointed twin and double thatched en-suite lodges, to a romantic honeymoon suite with sunken bath, the famous Kayila tree house suite, an exciting double room built 30 feet up an African Sausage Tree and a comfortable family room comprising a double and two singles beds.
Kiambi Safari developed their eco-sensitive camp in a strategically chosen area to blend into the environment, which allows our guests to benefit from the surrounding scenery, to the fullest. Situated near the confluence of the Kafue and Zambezi Rivers, Kiambi is one of the best spots for Tiger Fishing, to start a 1,2,or 3 day canoe safari or simply to partake in game viewing cruises. They offer Luxury Air Conditioned Chalets, Luxury Thatched Tented Chalets, Self catering accommodation as well as lush shady camping sites for those wishing to be enveloped by nature.
Kasaka River Lodge is a beautifully situated lodge on a raised section of the Zambezi River bank with excellent views. Wooden walkways link the chalets and elephants often walk right underneath them.
Mvuu Tented Lodge located in an attractive setting on the banks of the Zambezi is a fully catered camp with the option of self catering. There is also a camp site for those on a budget. Activities available are canoeing, game viewing, birding, fishing and soaking up the wonderful sunsets.
Redcliff Zambezi Lodge, sited on the banks of the lower Zambezi much further down, beyond the eastern edge of the park provides an exciting fishing for the traveller seeking for a true African adventure.
The River House is a spacious, fully equipped and staffed, furnished, 4 bedroom house on the banks of the Zambezi. . A dining/sitting area adjacent to a well-appointed kitchen which leads on to a porch that runs the length of the front of the house. A deck abuts the centre providing a breezy platform close to the swimming pool. Activities are Game viewing by boat, vehicle and on foot. Fishing. Canoeing, Night drives, Abseiling, Archery.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the majestic Zambezi River, offering world class fishing, unrivalled game-viewing, magnificent sunset river cruises, professionally guided canoeing trips and one of the only spas in Zambia. Royal Zambezi Lodge is a 5 star luxury lodge, overlooking the vast river, allowing the ultimate in comfort and luxury in breathtaking surroundings. The professional guides and highly trained staff are local to the area and love to share their passion for their home in the Zambezi Valley
Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge
Zambezi Breezers Lodge and Campsite offers affordable camping and chalets as well as fishing excursions and game viewing by boat.
The best way to experience the magnificence of this river is to take a canoeing trip down the channels. Most lodges along the river offer canoeing but some run specific canoeing safaris: Riverhorse Safaris, Safari Par Excellence and Karibu Safaris runs popular canoeing safaris with camping along the Zambezi river and into the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Cha Cha Cha Backpackers run an excellent value safari through the park, camping along the way.
Safari Par Excellence do 2, 3, 4 and five day trips. Very comfortable camps are erected along the river in the national park about 15 - 20 kms apart.
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In Chirundu at the Zimbabwe/Zambia border, there is a simple motel, the Nyambadwe, offering very basic accomodation for overnight stops. More comfortable and picturesque is Gwabi Lodge on the banks of the Kafue River, close to its confluence with the Zambezi.