Home of walking safaris
Boating and canoe safaris
Private houses- great for families
Home to the mighty Zambezi River which cascades over Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Zambia is a naturally rich and welcoming country offering a wide range of activities from walking safaris to tiger fishing to hot air ballooning. The game reserves are equally diverse and have some of the highest animal concentrations in Africa.
Whether enjoying a bush breakfast, sipping sundowners or sharing stories around the camp fire, you will be immersed in the beauty of your surroundings. Accommodation ranges from small, intimate lodges to super luxurious bush camps but wherever you stay your wildlife adventure will be brought to life by excellent guides.
Zambia is sparsely populated and has few roads so remains fairly undiscovered and unexplored, offering people a very African bush experience. The incredible walking safaris are what sets Zambia apart and allows people to get truly close to nature and discover the wilderness as you walk from one camp to the next, as Robert Frost so articulately wrote,
“As the various parks are in different geographical parts of the country they are very distinct and offer a wide array of animals and birds. You can combine any number of parks making a truly unique safari.”
Luangwa National Park
This is the birthplace of the walking safari for which Zambia is world renowned, as pioneered by Norman Carr, conservationist and visionary. The Luangwa River meanders through the valley, creating many oxbow lagoons which provide the animals with water throughout the year.
Whether it is the emerald season when the bush is lush and bright green or in the dry season when animal viewing is at its peak and walking safaris are operating – Luangwa is an amazing haven to visit. The park is famed for its great leopard sightings, roaming packs of wild dogs and spectacular sundowner spots as you watch the African sun drop below the horizon.
The park is divided into the South and the North Luangwa.
South Luangwa offers a range of bush camps and lodges and combines walking and game drives in open safari vehicles for both day and night time drives. Some of the lodges are permanent structures and open all year round whilst others are bush camps and only operate during the dry season.
For those that want to be truly remote, North Luangwa is brilliant. Access is restricted due to the quality of the roads so flying in is the best option. Mwaleshi is true Zambian bush camp, thatched, open and rustic it is built from scratch every year it offers an authentic bush experience.
The Lower Zambezi National Park
The area is a world heritage site lying on the north bank of the Zambezi River and is simply stunning. Flying past the majestic escarpment you descend over the Miombo and Mopane woodlands, to see the Zambezi River in the distance. The park has such a diversity of ecosystems that you are spoilt for choice; from walking its woodlands, driving on the floodplains or fishing and boat trips on the river. There is never a dull moment and you will be sure to have elephants and other wildlife roaming in and out of the camps on a daily basis. Drifting down the Zambezi watching the wildlife coming to drink from its waters, hearing only the hippos and the birdcalls is a truly peaceful experience. There are a range of wonderful lodges and camps to suit all and the renowned Chiawa is one of our favourite places.
Kafue National Park
One of the largest national parks in Africa, covering an area similar in size to Wales, The Kafue is home to over 55 different species of animals. The park is mainly savannah grasslands with extensive Miombo woodlands but to the north it also has seasonal floodplains and swampland, The Busanga Plains is noted for its birdlife. Thus through its varied ecoregions it has an amazing diversity of wildlife and it is a privilege to visit this sheltered and remote part of Zambia.
or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is high on people’s bucket lists- and rightly so. It is on the immense Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is breathtaking in its splendor and no matter how many times you see it- it is never the same!
Livingstone offers a wide array of activities for adrenaline seekers from white water rafting and bungee jumping to the more sedate but no less exciting elephant back rides. The Flight of the Angels is a breathtaking and incomparable helicopter ride. Alternatively, you could just relax at one of the many beautiful hidden camps dotted along its riverbanks.
It provides the ideal end to a Zambian experience but also combines well with South Africa, Botswana and Malawi.
Other areas in Zambia
Of interest are Bangweulu Wetlands, Liuwa Plain National Park and Shiwa Ng’gandu.