Lower Zambezi

Come face to face with giants in a land of colossal elephants and ancient baobabs while you glide quietly in a canoe along the reeds.

Regional Highlights

4,000 km2

Nestled between an imposing mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south, the Lower Zambezi Valley boasts a variety of activities that few, if any, other destinations can offer. It’s often described by guests as their “happy place” because of its stunning scenery, peaceful riverside woodlands and abundant wildlife.

Breathe in the earthy scent of the river bank as you slip past wading elephants in your canoe. Get your hands on a glittering tiger fish before releasing it back to the water. Drift off to sleep with the sound of grunting hippos and whooping hyenas in the inky black night. Then wake up to birdsong as the sunrise reflects off the Zambezi and plays in the trees.

Lower Zambezi is at its most magical from April to November, when the river is perfect for boating safari and when sightings of wild dogs, lions, leopards and other predators are at their peak.

Weather + Seasons
Home of
World Class Tiger Fishing
catch and release
Famous for
Elephants
Burgeoning population of
Wild Dogs
Huge variety
of activities
South Luangwa
Liuwa Plain

GETTING THERE

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Flights by Proflight Zambia

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTSPRIVATE JET CHARTERSLIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARKLOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARKSOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

GETTING THERE

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

AIR NAMIBIA

Windhoek - Lusaka

EMIRATES

Dubai - Lusaka - Mfuwe

Dubai - Lusaka - Kalabo

Dubai - Lusaka - Royal Airstrip

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Addis Ababa - Lusaka

KENYA AIRWAYS

Nairobi - Lusaka

MFUWE AIRSTRIP

Addis Abbaba - Lusaka

RWANDAIR

Kigali - Lusaka (2hr 20 mins)

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRLINES

Johannesburg - Lusaka

PRIVATE JET CHARTERSDOMESTIC FLIGHTS

GETTING THERE

PRIVATE JET CHARTERS

MADAGASCAR

Diego Suarez - Mfuwe

ZAMBIA

Johannesburg - Mfuwe

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTSDOMESTIC FLIGHTS
A unique and resplendent wilderness

LOWER ZAMBEZI CAMPS

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TIME + TIDE CHONGWE HOUSETIME + TIDE CHONGWE SUITESTIME + TIDE CHONGWE CAMP

Activities Day + Night drives Nothing beats encounters with magnificent African wildlife during both day and night drives. Our excellent guides provide a wealth of knowledge to enrich the experience. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout Activities Fishing When it comes to fishing, the Lower Zambezi is tiger country! With a fighting spirit, the tiger fish is one of the world's top game fish. We are strictly catch-and-release to preserve stocks of this and other incredible fish, such as the bream. All equipment is provided, with both conventional and entry-level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fishermen bring their own rods. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout Activities Boating A river safari offers a fresh perspective on the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, from predators on the bank to the diverse birdlife. The Zambezi River is high all year, allowing boating safari all season. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout Activities Walking Safaris Explore the untamed beauty of the Lower Zambezi with our experienced guides at your side, sharing their knowledge of flora and fauna. Our amazing guides make every step thrilling, allowing you to become part of the landscape rather than a mere spectator. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout Activities Canoeing Safaris Enjoy the Lower Zambezi's abundant wilderness and game while canoeing on Africa's fourth largest river. Floating metres away from elephants or buffalo on the river's edge is an experience both peaceful and exhilarating all at once. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout Activities Sleepout Feel the thrill of early explorers while camping out high in the Zambezi Escarpment with only the wildlife and stars for company. It's an experience you will never forget. Boating Tiger fishing Walking Safaris Day + Night Drives Canoeing safaris Sleepout
Best location & views in the Lower Zambezi

History

Chris Liebenberg

In the early 1980s, a young Chris Liebenberg was inspired by legendary conservationist, Norman Carr, to create his own dream and continue Norman’s legacy of conservation in Zambia.

Captivated by the beauty and wilderness of the Lower Zambezi, Chris and his father set up a camp on the banks of the Chongwe River in 1992. Initially drawn to the blend of excellent fishing, plentiful wildlife and immense natural beauty, the father and son duo envisioned sharing the region through a tourism enterprise. Over time, it grew from a simple overnight campsite to the award-winning, luxury collection of today.

Chris is deeply involved with Conservation Lower Zambezi and is instrumental in the development and conservation of the Chiawa Partnership Park, an area bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park. With a past in anti-poaching, Chris’ love of the natural world is felt throughout the Chongwe safari experience.

This spectacular region is famous for its canoeing safaris and water activities. It is also widely known as one of the best places to catch (and release) a tiger fish or two. For wildlife photographers, few places compare thanks to the unique combination of rivers and the escarpment.

Pioneer of local conservation