Sioma Ngwezi National Park is located in the southwest corner of Zambia and is completely undeveloped. The National Park is surrounded by a Game Management Area with no borders, meaning the resident wildlife can roam freely. The Park is very remote and rarely visited as there are no facilities and the roads require a 4WD vehicle. The area is made up of flat and forested terrain with tracts of miombo and acacia woodland. Additionally, magnificent teak forests are present in the Park, and it occupies a large plain near the Zambezi River and Sioma Falls. For those wanting to drive to the Park, there is a brand new road from Livingstone to Sesheke and Katima Mulilo, providing access to Sioma Ngwezi.
Sioma Ngwezi National Park is home to herds of elephants, wild dogs, roan and sable, cheetahs, and zebra. Poaching has been a problem in the area but plans may be in the making to open the Park to private management. The Park and surrounding Game Management Area form an important part of the migratory route of elephants and wildebeest from the nearby national parks in both Botswana and Namibia. Sioma Ngwezi is home to approximately 3,000 African bush elephants, as well as several endangered species like the Cape wild dog.
The best time to visit the park for wildlife viewing is just after the wet season between May and June. During the dry season, wildlife tends to move out and seek water, as there is no permanent water source within the Park. For those seeking a different experience, the dry season provides a great opportunity for swimming in the rock pools.
Guided game drives, walking safaris, and bird watching excursions are offered by camps near the Zambezi River, where most people stay overnight. Avid anglers can challenge themselves to tiger fishing in the Zambezi River while the more adventurous can admire the stunning Sioma Falls within the Park. In the dry season, visitors can get up close and enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the rock pools.
There is no campsite in Sioma Ngwezi National Park, and safari-goers need to be fully self-sufficient. One option would be to drive to one of the lodges at the Zambezi River and book an organized camping trip with them, or visit the Park during the day.
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