For safari connoisseurs seeking the purest of wilderness experiences, very few destinations can compare to a Zambia safari.
Raw but gentle, Zambia is a beguiling safari jewel that is made magical by its mesmerising scenery and prolific wildlife. Home to nearly 20 national parks, over 15 waterfalls, some stunning rivers and lakes, and of course, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls; Zambia is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.
Take a look at some of Zambia’s headlining attractions:
South Luangwa National Park
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South Luangwa National Park is the honeypot of Zambia. It is here that the walking safari was invented and perfected, and this activity remains one of the best ways to enjoy this pristine area. Located at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, the park’s landscape comprises oxbow lakes and floodplains, intermingled with groves of ebony and leadwood trees. It supports large populations of Thornicroft’s giraffe, and herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong, which can often be seen on the banks of the meandering Luangwa River. The sheer remoteness of it all, combined with its abundant game, makes South Luangwa one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
For the ultimate safari experience in South Luangwa, stay in the Luangwa Safari House. Gracefully lcated on the edge of a lagoon system, this impressive private house is the perfect getaway for families (children over seven) or groups of friends seeking an indulgent and private break.
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi National Park lies between the rugged and dramatic Zambezi escarpment and the wide and mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi runs for 120 km through the park and the main attractions are centred around the sandbanks, lagoons, islands and channels of the river. The park’s interplay of river and craggy escarpment makes for a striking scenery, and, during the dry season, the wildlife gathers in abundance around the river. The best way to see it all is by boat or a non-motorized canoe.
Kafue National Park
Everything in Kafue is bigger and better! Covering an area of about 22,400 km², it is the second largest park in Africa, and the largest national park in Zambia. However, despite its size, it remains little-known, and largely unexplored. Covering a huge expanse of mixed savannah, woodlands and riverine vegetation, Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife, and is famed for its large herds of buffalo, abundant leopard sightings, and rare species of antelope, such as the yellow-backed duiker.
Situated in the far west region of Zambia, Liuwa Plains National Park is an extremely remote park that is characterised by its flat, grassy floodplains that spread from horizon to horizon. The area is most renowned for hosting the second-largest wildebeest migration in Africa, as well for having one of the highest population densities of hyena in the world. It also offers a stunning variety of bird species.
Kasanka National Park
Encompassing great tracts of miombo woodland, evergreen thicket, open grassland and rivers fringed with emerald forest, Kasanka is situated on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin, and is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. It is most famous for hosting the biggest mammal migration on Earth – the Kasanka fruit bat migration. This takes place between November and December every year and sees up to 10 million straw-coloured fruit bats arriving to feast on the ripe fruit. Further north, the park is also known for its Bangweulu wetlands, a huge, flat complex of rivers, lake and swamps. This is a good place to spot the elusive sitatunga antelope – a semi-aquatic antelope distinguished by its long-splayed hooves and oily coat. Other notable species which can be observed in the wetlands include the endangered shoebill and the endemic black lechwe.
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