All these lodges are within Chiawa Game Management Area and are open throughout the year.
These lodges do not require 4×4:
Kanyemba Lodge. Wonderful garden retreat with its own island bush camp.
Kiambi Lodge. A popular destination for weekends away.
Mount Heron Cottages. Self-catering.
Nsofu. For keen fishermen.
Further into the Game Management Area, these lodges require 4×4:
Lower Zambezi Lodge. Self-catering
Munyameshi Lodge. Self-catering.
Mvuu Lodge. A long-standing member of the Lower Zambezi community this lodge offers either self-catering or full board.
These lodges are on the way between Chirundu and the Kafue River bridge. They are open throughout the year.
Gwabi Lodge. Not far from Chirundu on the Kafue River. Popular with families. They have rooms and a campsite. They also sell fuel.
Zambezi Breezers. Not far from Chirundu and popular for fishing.
The airstrip in Lower Zambezi, within the GMA, is near to Royal Zambezi Lodge. Scheduled flights run between Lusaka, Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa.
Self drive will reach Lower Zambezi via Chirundu. Chirundu is a 2-3 hour drive from Lusaka. From Livingstone there are two routes. The normal route is via Mazabuka but the road north of Mazabuka is in a shocking state. The alternative route is along the Bottom Road by taking a east turn in Chisekesi to Gwembe. There is a short stretch of dirt road but the rest is all tar. It is a very pretty route and is much shorter.
February 2018: The rains have been incessant. I have also been told that some bridges have been destroyed on the route via Gwembe.
Having arrived at Chirundu look for the sign to Lower Zambezi. After Kiambi and Kanyemba, 4×4 is required. The road passes through several villages and farmlands until you reach the Zambezia Gate, then it is all wilderness.