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Lower Zambezi National Park

Comprised of riverbanks, floodplains and woodland areas, this is Zambia's newest park, established in 1983. Situated on the north bank of the Zambezi River, the fourth longest waterway in Africa, its pristine wilderness accommodates a variety of game. Large herds of elephants, sometimes numbering up to 100 or so, often are seen at the river's edge. Buffaloes, waterbucks, hippos, lions, leopards, antelope and crocodiles also roam along the riverbanks and amid the baobab and acacia trees.

The birdlife is exceptional -- listen for the cry of the fish eagle, a common sight, and keep an eye out for guinea fowl, trumpeter hornbills and Meyers parrots.