A beautiful floodplain runs alongside the river dotted with curved lagoons and sandbanks and peppered with acacias, tall leadwoods, ebonies and fig trees. The bush underneath is nearly absent at some points, allowing for clear sightings and a good environment for walking safaris – unless the game spots you first! The floodplains are in turn flanked by a steep escarpment, covered in miombo woodland, which acts as a natural barrier for the resident wildlife.
The wildlife here is not as diverse as other areas of Zambia, however it is dense and there are always fantastic sightings, especially along the river. As most of the wildlife is attracted to its sweet waters, you will often be able to watch game wandering across the Zambezi channels. Herds of elephant up to 100 strong are attracted to the apple-ring fruits and buffalo and waterbuck hop from one island to the next. Antelope species are dominated by large herds of impala, and there are eland, zebra, kudu, wildebeest and duiker. The major predators include lion and leopard as well as spotted hyena, whilst wild dog sightings do occur but sightings are rare. There are 378 recorded bird species - listen for the cries of fish eagles, as well as wading birds, kingfishers, heron and bee-eater.Boat trips down the Zambezi are a must and you can dodge hippo pods in your canoe. Walking safaris here are fantastic and you can embark on fishing trips to catch the mighty tigerfish.