Zambia

Best time to travel:

  • May to October is the best time for game viewing in Zambia as it is the dry season when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes
  • November to April is the wet season. Dirt roads in the parks can become impassable and some of the  parks and camps close down however the Mfuwe sector of South Luangwa has sandy soil and all weather roads, making it accessible all year round.
  • March to September is the best time to see the Victoria Falls but this is really an all year round excellent place to visit.

Home to magnificent waterfalls, spectacular wildlife, superb safaris and great adventures, Zambia is one of the most rewarding wilderness destinations in Africa. A landlocked independent nation in southern Africa, unspoiled by mass tourism, and rich in wildlife, forests and meandering rivers.  About 30 % of Zambia is reserved for wildlife. There are 20 national parks. South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi rank among the finest game parks in the world.  Here one can also see the world’s biggest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

For those seeking adventure activity vacations, Zambia is brimming with opportunities. White water rafting in the swirling rapids below the Victoria Falls, offers some of the most exciting and challenging rafting in the world. Bungi Jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge is one of the highest bungi jumps in the world. Quad biking, abseiling and gorge swinging are also exciting options.  Microlighting, helicopter or fixed wing plane flights over the Victoria Falls provide a thrilling experience.  Canoe safaris are very popular in Zambia and the Zambezi River is known for its Tiger fishing.   Zambia is the birthplace of the walking safari and there is no better way of getting really close to nature than this.   Birdlife in Zambia is particularly prolific and this attracts birders from all over the world.

The people of Zambia are warm, friendly and proud of their heritage. With a variety of different tribes incorporating different languages, traditions, music and dance.  

Areas to visit include

  • The Victoria Falls – known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya- the Smoke that Thunders. This is an area of spectacular scenic beauty from the falls themselves to the broad picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream. Wildlife abounds in the area and can be viewed while boating on the river or on game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park upstream of the falls.
  • Kafue National Park – found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2.First established as a National Park in the 1950′s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location only two hours’ drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife
  • South Luangwa National Park – experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this 9059 km2 Park. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this Park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness first-hand.
  • Lower Zambezi National Park – is still relatively undeveloped, its beauty lying in its wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary.
  • The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – is situated along the upper Zambezi River. It includes the Victoria Falls and stretches for about 12 kilometers up the Zambezi River above the falls. Because the Park is small, it affords a wonderfully relaxing drive alongside the river for much of the circular route, and the wide variety of species can be easily seen. The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park and the surrounding area