Situated on the floodplain between the escarpment and the twisting Zambezi River, this national park which lies opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools World Heritage Site, is itself a treasure. Game viewing is good, especially elephants and plains game (although not quite so diverse as South Luangwa), and the river is a fantastic attraction with boat trip, game drives, canoeing and walking on offer. While game viewing is best from June onwards, there are some camps that are open during the Emerald Season.
Baines’ camp is owner run and offers a variety of activities from boating to fishing to game driving. The camp is right on the river with comfortable air-conditioned rooms. It’s a short hop to Lower Zambezi National Park.
Chongwe River Camp sits right on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, offering spectacular views and quick access to the adjacent Zambezi National Park. Chongwe retains the atmosphere of an adventurer’s camp and has a wide variety of activities–day and night drives, boat cruises, walking safaris and canoeing. Landscapes are fantastic.