We chose the location of the Royal Zambezi Lodge particularly for the wide variety of activities available due to the river, the bush and the mountains. Accompanied by our qualified and enthusiastic guides with over 50 years of experience guiding in the Lower Zambezi National Park our guests can explore a range of activities from game viewing and fishing, to sunset river safaris, guided canoeing trips, and cultural village tours.
- Game Drives – the best way to see and photograph the predators, large herds of elephant and buffalo is on a game drive in one of our open vehicles. You can go early in the morning, the afternoon and if you can stay up, a late night drive using spotlights! Read more
- Fishing – the Lower Zambezi offers one of the finest fresh water angling experiences in the world. You can try your hand at Chessa, Nkupe, Bream, Vundu, Barbel and of course the famous Tiger fish! Our knowledgeable boatmen know the good spots. Read more
- River safari – cruise down the Zambezi spotting game as you go, a perfect way to end a day in the bush having sundowners on the water! Read more
- Bush walks – let our knowledgeable guides guide you through the bush on foot, you will focus on vegetation, birds, tracks, insects, butterflies and more. Read more
- Mountain Hiking – with the mountain backdrop to the Lower Zambezi National Park a variety of walks and climbs can be arranged with our guides – some which will put you to the test and others which will simply provide mild exercise. Read more
- Canoe safari – quietly drifting with no engine is surely the best way to get up close to the animals and the bird life. This gives a whole different perspective to the African safari. It’s mostly downstream so the paddling is very relaxed. Read more
- Cultural Village tour – Visitors to Chiawa Cultural Village will be able to experience the rich heritage of the Goba community, how the Goba live in the Lower Zambezi, performance arts, Zambian cuisine and more. Read more
- DNA – the concept of DNA (doing nothing at all!) is essentially to stay in camp, spend time relaxing by the main pool, bar or in the library, making the most of the spa, or simply enjoying your suite. Read more
The Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4092 square km’s. Most of the game however is concentrated along the valley floor due to the escarpment along the northern end acting as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. The park is host to large herds of elephant and healthy populations of lion, leopard, side-striped jackal, hyena, hippo, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, and many other antelope. Less common but a very special treat are the African wild dog and aardvark.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is an IBA (Important Bird Area) and therefore of global conservation significance. Over 300 species of birds can be found in the area. The African fish eagle, Zambia’s national bird is commonly seen and heard. One of the most memorable sights to be seen in the Lower Zambezi valley is that of an elephant swimming across the enormous Zambezi River. This, along with buffalo and waterbuck “island hopping”, can all be viewed from the comfort of the lodge. As the lodge is unfenced it is not uncommon for game to wander through, in particular elephants are often found meandering their way down to the water, halting occasionally to help themselves to the leaves on the sausage trees.
Follow the links below to see the mammals, reptiles and birds you will hopefully encounter during your stay at the lodge: