Genuinely wild national parks, abundant game, outstanding natural beauty and some of the best wildlife walking safaris in Africa, make Zambia a great destination for serious safari enthusiasts.
With 19 national parks, this immense wilderness of grassy plains, vast wetlands, wide rivers, thundering waterfalls and lush forests supports over 750 bird species and abundant, diverse wildlife. An enlightened policy of non-intrusive, low environmental impact game viewing has preserved Zambia’s remote wilderness and its fascinating wildlife.
Next to its ultra-luxurious neighbour, Botswana, Zambia feels more authentic with its camps that really capture the soul of the African bush. Needless to say you will never go wanting in camp – the food sumptuous, the view resplendent, and the tents beautifully designed. The incredible array of wildlife and the sheer numbers often surprise visitors.
There are few places in Africa that you can guarantee sightings of leopard but you have every chance of seeing one in the South Luangwa along with large herds of elephant and buffalo in the Lower Zambezi. The wide variety of antelope on the Kafue plains and the incredible migration of over five million bats at Kasanka make it well worth travelling to the more remoter corners of the country.
In addition Zambia offers a wealth of activities other than the traditional 4x4 game viewing. Strike out on foot for the ultimate walking safari experiences either for a few hours or several days with your mobile camp following you. Jump into a canoe and paddle the waters of the remarkable Zambezi, or climb aboard a boat for a gorgeous sunset cruise above Victoria Falls.
No visit to Zambia would be complete without a 2 or 3 night stay overlooking the Zambezi River above the mighty Victoria Falls – one of the most iconic, mesmerizing, natural wonders of the world. Mosi-oa-Tunya, the 'smoke that thunders', only begins to describe this spectacular scene.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- In 1498 Vasco da Gama became the first European to see the mouth of the Zambezi River in the Indian Ocean. He called the Zambezi the "River of Good Omens”.
- After all factors are put into place; the Victoria Waterfalls are the largest in the world. 1 mile wide and up to 100 metres high. The spray from the Falls make the River Zambezi Rain Forest the only place in Africa that receives rainfall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Kuomboka, the most famous Zambian ceremonies which takes place at the end of the rainy season is in celebration of the Lozi king who traditionally travelled back down the Zambezi river after moving to higher ground, prior to the seasonal flooding.
- Iron and Copper have been mined in Zambia for over 2000 years.
- One mushroom native to Zambia grows nearly a yard in diameter, making it the worlds largest.
- A leopard’s call is known as ‘rasping’. A rough, deep call that announces their presence. If all the big cats were the same size and weight, the leopard would be the strongest. Leopard cubs are born blind and are completely dependant on their mothers. Their eyes begin to open after about ten or more days and for the first few months their eyes are bright blue.