If you like the idea of excellent wildlife, the chance to be on your feet as much as in a vehicle, and simple but superbly run bush camps, then give Zambia some serious consideration. This is the birth-place of proper multi-day walking safaris – still one of the more authentic ways to experience this remarkable country. Take a look at some trips we've organised in the past and you’ll soon be convinced.
While there are an increasing number of highly luxurious safari camps in Zambia, the country is perhaps better known for simple, but comfortable camping. Here, the focus is on what's happening outside your tent more than the design niceties within it. Expect real focus on game viewing, days that start before dawn and excellent and thoroughly committed guides. To see these experts in their element, think about embarking on an expeditionary safari for a few days of your trip.
The Luangwa Valley, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks are the highlight of the wildlife circuit, offering a very rich and varied game experience. South Luangwa has a great deal of choice for some great walking safaris, with a diverse selection of bushcamps that range from fun and rustic to chic and luxurious.
North Luangwa is for those that want a very wild walking experience. For birders or those seeking to venture into the wilds, Bangweulu and Kasanka fit the bill. And no Zambian safari would be complete without exploring awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, on the border with Zimbabwe.
Who to talk to
Rod Tether has lived, guided and run his own safari camp in Zambia for many years. If you're thinking of planning a trip to Zambia he'll be delighted to discuss ideas with you. Drop him a line to get started