ZAMBIA SAFARI HOLIDAYS

ZAMBIA BOASTS EXCELLENT WILDLIFE. PRISTINE WILDERNESS, SUPERB OWNER-RUN CAMPS AND A PALPABLE SENSE OF FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

ZAMBIA'S WILDLIFE-RICH AREAS ARE DOMINATED BY THREE WONDERFULLY WILD RIVERS: THE LUANGWA. THE KAFUE AND THE MIGHTY ZAMBEZI

HOME OF THE WALKING SAFARI, ZAMBIA'S NATIONAL PARKS ARE AMONG THE FINEST PLACE TO GET OUT AMONGST BIG GAME ON FOOT

The Luangwa Valley: the place where walking safaris were born and Zambia's premier wildlife destination. Dominated by the dynamic and crazily meandering Luangwa River - leopard are particularly abundant here and other start attractions include lion, wild dog, Thornicroft's giraffe and thousands and thousands of hippo. Small camps set deep in the wilds, first-class guiding and pristine landscapes combine to provide a distinctly authentic safari experience.

The Lower Zambezi is bordered to the north by a dramatic escarpment and to the south by the mile-wide Zambezi River, stretching across to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, the Lower Zambezi is an uncommonly beautiful wilderness. Big game abounds and part of the attraction is being able to get out on the river, by boat or canoe, which offers and entirely different perspective than being on foot or in jeep.

Kafue - this gargantuan National Park contains more types of antelope (20) than anywhere else in the world and is the best place in the region to see cheetah. Zambia's most varied park in terms of mammals, birds and landscapes it also plays host to some of the finest owner-operated camps anywhere.

All of Zambia's National Parks can combine easily with a trip to the world famous Victoria Falls. Other more esoteric attractions include the Liuwa Plains, home to a spectacular, lesser known, annual wildebeest migration. Finally. the Bangweulu Swamps sourced from the headwaters of the Congo this immense wetland is a stronghold for the enigmatic Shoebill and stronghold of the endemic, and photogenic, black lechwe.

KAFUE IS SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN WALES BUT CONTAINS ONLY 16 LODGES AND LITTLE OTHER HUMAN LIFE. IF THIS IS A HOLIDAY IT IS ALSO AN ADVENTURE AND YOU ARE A PARTICIPANT.”

- THE FINANCIAL TIMES

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A SAFARI HOLIDAY IN ZAMBIA IS MADE FOR FAMILIES

Zambia's super-friendly guides unfailingly put kids at ease while keeping them safe and engaged. Walking and canoeing are active options open to teenagers and older. Take one of the safari-houses for the ultimate luxury of a truly private safari and spend a few days post wildlife-watching at the Victoria Falls with its multiple attractions for thrill seekers of all ages.

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ZAMBIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

ZAMBIA BIG GAME & WILDERNESS

EPIC WILDLIFE; PRISTINE WILDERNESS; WILD AFRICA

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ZAMBIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

WALKING & WILDLIFE IN KAFUE NATIONAL

Explore Kafue’s SPECTACULAR WILDERNESS AND EPIC WILDLIFE over 10 DAYS

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ZAMBIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

SOUTH LUANGWA 5-DAY WALKING SAFARI

WALKING, REMOTE, PRISTINE WILDERNESS. WILDLIFE & GUIDING

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ZAMBIA'S TOP EXPERIENCES

WALKING SAFARIS IN ZAMBIA

ON FOOT AMONGST BIG GAME

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When to visit Zambia

The best time to go to Zambia for all-round game-viewing is during the dry season from late April to early November.

The dry season runs from late April to early November getting progressively hotter as the months pass.

The best months for walking safaris are June to October when the vegetation has died back enough and the roads dried out enough to make access to the more remote areas possible and the walking safe. June and July are lovely months to walk as it is cool and fresh. From mid September to the end of October it can get very hot, although generally a dry heat, but the upside is that the animals are congregated around the few remaining water sources making the game-viewing spectacular.

The Luiwa Plains are best seen in May or late in the year as the tropical storms break and the Bangweulu from May to July.

Being up on the plateau, Kafue is considerably higher than the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys and so the heat much less of a factor there. The Victoria Falls can be visited at any time of year.

It is possible to visit Zambia deep in the rains and undertake a properly expeditionary safari but is a very different proposition to a classic dry season visit.

WHERE TO STAY IN ZAMBIA

Zambia has long been home to many excellent safari camps and lodges. The best are the embodiment of responsible safari operation - camps designed absolutely to fit in with the environment.

Zambian safari camps are typically pretty small - accommodating up to dozen guests at a time. Some are tented, very few are particularly solid and most are built from a melange of local materials, grass, pole and thatch.

The Bushcamp is a quintissentially Zambian offering, generally being smaller than a camp accommodating 6 to 8 guests at a time and being re-built seasonally at the start of every dry season and deconstructed at the breaking of the first rains, as a general rule the focus on a bushcamp will be walking.

Getting out for a night or two in a properly stripped-down fly-camp is a profound experience and definitely worth considering weaving in to your journey.

For families there is the choice between the network of private safari house or a collection of really family-friendly camps - normally with a swimming pool and staff members more than happy to entertain and keep everyone happy and safe.

Kafue, Kasanka and Bangweulu couldn't be more different to Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. What's more, they're as overlooked as they are rewarding.

If you're interested in a Zambian safari that encompasses real wilderness and diversity consider combing one of these lesser known areas with the better known wildlife areas

While Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi are classic low-veld parks which will feel familiar to anyone whose been on safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or even the Kruger, Zambia’s lesser known parks have a very different flavour.

Up on the central African plateau, rather than in low-lying valleys, they are cooler and wetter and dominated by Miombo rather than Mopane woodland. They may harbour a greater variety of mammals, but generally in lower concentrations - and they can be ephemeral, having a much shorter window of when they’re worth visiting.

The Liuwa Plains in the far west of the country hosts the Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration with thousands of gnu marching over from Angola at the first sign of the breaking rains. Kasanka goes one further and boasts the planet’s largest mammal migration with an estimated 10 million Straw-coloured Fruit Bats descending on a tiny patch of woodland at Christmas.

The Bangweulu Swamps form the headwaters of the mighty Congo River and are an other-worldly place where Livingstone got lost, sick and died - in the early dry season they’re alive with wildfowl, breeding Shoebill and thousands of endemic Black Lechwe but by September this watery wilderness has morphed in to a dusty plain

Liuwa Plains hosts the Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration with thousands of gnu marching over from Angola at the first sign of the breaking rains”

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Zambia's Highlights

South Luangwa

Zambia's Best Known Wildlife Area

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Zambia's Highlights

North Luangwa

Fine walking and true wilderness

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Zambia's Highlights

Victoria Falls - Livingstone

Relax on the Zambezi & take in the mighty falls

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Zambia's Highlights

Kafue National Park

Top drawer walking safaris and much to explore

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Zambia's Highlights

Bangweulu Wetlands

Teeming with game & birds

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