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Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country that lies between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator, measures 752, 610 square kilometres in size (about 467,650 square miles).  Our large and diverse country is a land that not only inspired the birth of the famous African walking safari but also rejoices in an abundance of natural wonders, from a vast array of wildlife to huge lakes, mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls. The largest and most impressive of these waterfalls is Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

Very few places on earth offer the absolute freedom and untouched wilderness to be found in the National Parks of Zambia. The enormous open spaces provide healing elements of serenity and escape from an increasingly obtrusive and multiplying worldwide population.

Zambia has been acknowledged as one of the safest countries on earth to visit. Our people originate from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, and as a result, there is an extensive range of knowledge to be gained from the blend of spiritual traditions and heritage of the more than 70 different tribes who call these lands home.

 

Other remarkable wildlife phenomena that unfold each year within our borders include the World’s Biggest Mammal Migration, a bat migration in Kasanka National Park in Northern Zambia, the second biggest Wildebeest Migration in Africa in Liuwa National Park, all taking place in the ambit of the mighty Zambezi River, the fourth longest in Africa.  This river is where our story began, and it is the lifeblood of the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The Lower Zambezi National Park

Formed in 1983 and covering an area of 4,092 square kilometres, the Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s first Verified Carbon Standard REDD+ project and pioneered the protection of 40,126 hectares of forest in the Lower Zambezi ecosystem. Having achieved ‘gold’ level validation against all three categories of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits, the Lower Zambezi REDD+ project is now rated the most significantly effective of its kind in the world.

 

Before being declared a National Park, this wildlife area was reserved as a private park exclusively for the President of Zambia.  Situated in the South Eastern part of Zambia, this area provides a natural wildlife corridor running between the Zambezi Escarpment, the northern border of The Great Rift Valley, and one of the world’s most intriguing rivers. An unspoiled sanctuary sculpted by Mother Nature which displays a vast diversity of wildlife and natural wonders.

Offering a combination of land and water based encounters, the Lower Zambezi is famous for big game from large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, to Lion, Leopard and the African Wild Dog, to large pods of wallowing Hippos, the Nile Crocodile, the legendary Tiger Fish, the African Fish Eagle and many other creatures, big and small.

 

The entire area is a true wilderness sanctuary with the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park, situated directly opposite Royal Zambezi Lodge and stretching eastwards for fifty kilometres along the Zambezi shoreline.

 

Royal Zambezi Lodge offers the discerning traveller a front row seat at these unique wilderness experiences, all the while welcoming you ‘home’ to our luxury tented and thatched lodges overlooking the Zambezi River. Your stay with us will give you an enduring love of Africa and leave you yearning for your return to a place that has stolen a piece of your heart. An exciting African adventure awaits in the Lower Zambezi National Park, and we look forward to welcoming you to the “Royal” family.

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