Zambia’s Lower Zambezi is renowned throughout Africa for its magnificent herds of wild elephant, exceptional predator viewing and of course the Zambezi River. As the Zambezi flows east, close to the Zambezi escarpment, the land between the two forms the Lower Zambezi National Park. The 4000 sq km park was only declared in 1983 and tourism started some seven years later. This area is known for large bull elephants, buffalo herds, excellent lion viewing and the elusive leopard along with the ubiquitous impala and other antelope species. As in all riverine areas, the birding is also excellent. What really makes this area is unique is the Zambezi River, which is 1.7 kilometers wide where it meets the Chongwe. This wide, clear river is dotted with sandy islands with reed beds – the perfect feeding grounds for elephant, buffalo, various species of antelope and exceptional bird life. So boating or canoeing quietly past there islands makes for excellent game viewing.