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African Wild Dog Encounters in Lower Zambezi

African Wild Dog Encounters in Lower Zambezi

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African Wild Dog Encounters in Lower Zambezi

Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia offers an exclusive and intimate wildlife experience. Unlike some more crowded safari destinations, this park remains relatively undeveloped and less frequented by tourists, allowing for more immersive and personalised encounters with nature.

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Situated along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi benefits from the unique convergence of diverse ecosystems. The combination of riverine forests, open plains, and the Zambezi Escarpment creates a remarkable tapestry of habitats, supporting a wide variety of plant and animal species.

This dynamic blend of landscapes contributes to the park’s unparalleled biodiversity.

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Located just outside the park, Royal Zambezi Lodge is renowned for its exceptional service, breathtaking surroundings, and the opportunity to witness one of Africa’s most endangered predators: the African wild dog. However, regardless of how renowned the safaris are, some wildlife encounters can only be described as magical.

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Recent guests to Royal Zambezi Lodge truthfully lucked out with their morning game drive just as the sun was peaking over the horizon to say hello. Within moments of departing camp, they stumbled upon an unbelievable scene at their local Royal Airstrip this past week.

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Approximately 30 African Wild Dogs graced this small bush runway and entertained the wildlife enthusiasts with the breathtaking daybreak spectacle.

Lower Zambezi National Park is home to a thriving population of African wild dogs, also known as painted dogs. These charismatic canines are highly social animals known for their unique coat patterns and incredible hunting prowess. Unfortunately, they are one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa, making the chance to encounter them in the wild an exceptional experience.

At the Royal Zambezi Lodge, guests can join expert guides on game drives and guided walks specifically tailored to spot these elusive creatures. The lodge’s knowledgeable guides are well-versed in the behaviour and habitat of African wild dogs, increasing the likelihood of sightings and providing valuable insights into their conservation status.

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The lodge’s prime location just outside the national park enhances the chances of encountering these fascinating creatures. As guests explore the park’s diverse landscapes, from riverine forests to open plains, they may come across the tracks or hear their distinctive calls. The thrill of tracking and observing these rare predators in their natural habitat is an experience that few will ever forget.

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Beyond the wild dogs, the Royal Zambezi Lodge offers a wealth of other wildlife encounters. The Zambezi River teems with hippos, crocodiles, and various water birds, providing ample opportunities for boat safaris and fishing excursions. The park is also home to an array of large mammals, including elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo, making every game drive, walking safari or river cruise an adventure in itself.

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When guests return to the Royal Zambezi Lodge after a day of wildlife exploration, they are greeted with luxurious accommodations and warm hospitality. The lodge’s spacious and elegant suites offer panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscapes, creating a serene and intimate atmosphere. The attentive staff ensures every need is met, from gourmet dining experiences to rejuvenating spa treatments.

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A visit to Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park and Royal Zambezi Lodge is not just a safari experience; it’s an opportunity to connect with the natural world and contribute to conserving Africa’s endangered wildlife.

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Image Credits: 1. Royal Zambezi Lodge, 2. Royal Zambezi Lodge, 3. Chags Photography, 4. Royal Zambezi Lodge, 5. Joel Sileno, 6. Glen Carrie, 7. Royal Zambezi Lodge, 8. Royal Zambezi Lodge, 9. Royal Zambezi Lodge

Stories From Kim Barnett