Take some of the ideas below and let us create your own tailor-made safari in Zambia. With internal flights between most national parks and onward to Malawi and Botswana it is also easy to enjoy travelling around Zambia and even cross border safaris. A popular option is to relax at the end of a safari on the shores of Lake Malawi.
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Vast hippo pods of Luangwa River & other wildlife of South Luangwa - Lower Zambezi boating safaris - the ever impressive Victoria Falls
Private guides and chefs - specialist safari programs designed for families - South Luangwa National Park - Lower Zambezi - Victoria Falls
South Luangwa National Park - huge elephant & buffalo herds - leopards & lions - Luangwa River
Bangweulu Floodplains - Shoebill Storks - South Luangwa National Park
Vast numbers of plains game & predators including wild dog - bush walks - luxury tented accommodation
A selection of terrific wildlife safari camps and lodges in the main national parks across Zambia, from the popular South Luangwa to the remote North Luangwa and down in the south, Lower Zambezi National Park. We will also soon add to the selected lodges at Victoria Falls.
Safaris in Zambia are often considered luxury safaris, off limits to all but a few with up-market camps in each of more popular parks. However, Zambia safaris can be achieved on lower budgets, even in to remote wildlife destinations such as the vast Kafue National Park. If you are thinking of going, do so and discover more great safari experiences.
Zambia is a wonderful safari destination, slotted in between Tanzania to the north and Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south it can be easily overlooked by all except those with African safari knowledge. The most famous region is that around Livingstone and the ever impressive Victoria Falls. Here there is the small Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park that lies beside the Zambezi River and is devoid of large predators but is stocked with white rhino.
The main Zambia safari destinations include the Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. The Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa when combined with Victoria Falls make a popular safari circuit although you will not expect to see huge numbers of tourists in any of the national parks. A feature of Lower Zambezi safaris are boat safaris, spotting wildlife along the river banks and in the river!
South Luangwa is known as the place where walking safaris were initiated and became popular. Norman Carr started Zambian walking safaris and today Norman Carr Safaris operate a number of camps in the Park. There are also a number of other operators such as Robin Pope Safaris and The Bushcamp Company who operate walking safaris throughout South Luangwa.
Whilst South Luangwa covers a huge area bordering the Luangwa River that flows along the Africa's Rift Valley even more remote and less frequently visited is the wilderness of North Luangwa National Park. In this wild, untouched land you will find Mwaleshi, a simple tented camp, from which to walk out on foot with experienced guides in search of wildlife or to enjoy game drives.
To the southwest is Kafue National Park, the size of Wales or Costa Rica, this immense reserve is a mix of vast grasslands and woodland. Today there are a number of camps in the northern sector of the park making them accessible from the capital, Lusaka.
Other national parks of note are Luiwa Plains, isolated out beyond Kafue and best reached on a Robin Pope Safaris expedition; Bangweulu, a wetland area that is particularly good habitat for rare shoebill storks as is Kasanka which is also known for its seasonal influx of fruit bats.
TIME ZONE GMT +2 hours
To: Lusaka or Livingstone
Airlines: Emirates, Kenya Airways, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways
Flight time: approx. 14 hours
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Meningitis vaccinations and Malaria prophylaxis are recommended. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
Zambia is mainly visited by tourists between June and October in the dryer winter months as many camps close during the heavy rains from November through to March when they become inaccessible. However those remaining open offer incredible 'green season' safaris where the bush is lush and vibrant and rivers such as the Luangwa are high allowing a short boating/canoeing season. Temperatures rise throughout the safari season, with slightly chillier temperatures in July, fleeces and jumpers are recommended when returning from a game drive after sunset.