This itinerary is mainly concentrated around the two rivers, the Luangwa and the Zambezi, thus offering spectacular scenery and a multitude of wildlife.
It is the Luangwa River, slowly meandering its way through the park from north to south, and the oxbow lakes, which give South Luangwa its distinct character. These oxbows eventually silt up and grass over. This is one of the elements which produce such exceptional game viewing as well as some spectacular scenery; grassy glades, magnificent stands of ebony trees and tranquil lagoons teaming with birdlife. It is no surprise that South Luangwa is renowned for its walking safaris, one of the most thrilling ways to see the bush and the wildlife.
Large populations of all the major African mammals (with the exception of the rhino) are a feature of South Luangwa National Park, plus it has, reputedly, some of the best leopard sightings.
Lower Zambezi National Park, in southern Zambia, lies on the banks of the Zambezi River, some way downstream from Kariba Dam and well below the Victoria Falls. The River is more than a mile wide in places and the current is generally languid as the river makes its way gradually towards Mozambique. The park lies between the dramatic escarpments to the north and Zimbabwe's Mana Pools to the south.
Lower Zambezi is home to a bewildering number of animals and offers a wide range of activities. It is without a doubt one of the best places to see animals from the water. Canoe trips can be one of the most rewarding ways of game viewing. Game drives here are superb, and for those who enjoys fishing, the Zambezi is one of the best places for tiger fish.
Herds of elephants are a major feature of Lower Zambezi National Park; the riverine forest, which is the ideal habitat for them, is literally teaming with them. They are often seen coming to the river and tributaries to drink and wallow.
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