The Lower Zambezi, a key national park of Zambia, is only a 30 minute flight from Lusaka. Half the size of the South Luangwa (4092 sq km), this park lies between the rugged and dramatic Zambezi escarpment and the wide and spectacular Zambezi River. The Zambezi runs for 120 km through the park and with the protection of the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe on the opposite side this is a haven for wildlife. There are many channels, lagoons, sandbanks and islands along the river and then open plains, woodland and bush areas behind the riverine strip. The river is a massive attraction to this park - to spend time boating, drifting, canoeing on this extraordinary river with breathtaking views all around is a wonderful experience.
Fishing is a key activity in the Zambezi and you can fly fish as well as cast and reel. There is a strict catch and release for most of the species. The key species are tigerfish, vundu, (similar to a "catfish" or barbell) and banded tilapia. The tigerfish gives a good fight will leap and twist out of the water in the sunlight - they are sought after by many keen fishermen. The best months for the tigers are September to November.
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