Zambia: Luangwa & Kafue

Walking, wildlife, birding & bushcamps

We've never been to Zambia - we may only do it once so we'd like to see the best it has to offer, and Mike would love to see a Sable....”

Mary & Mike, Sydney, Australia

What we suggested - and why

The Luangwa Valley is Zambia's best known wildlife destination and particularly famous for walking safaris that were pioneered here. Starting the trip here gives an immediate "big-game fix" and opportunity to reacquaint yourselves with the more familiar before heading on to the arguably more esoteric.

A week in the Luangwa split between two or three bushcamps gives enough time to get a really good understanding of the eco-system here and to enjoy the splendid beauty of the riverine forest - as well as undertaking a good number of foot safaris.

The second week was spent in the Kafue National Park in the west of the country - here the game is less concentrated but more diverse and, particularly from a southern and east African perspective the birdlife is very different from the classic "low-veld" Parks (including the Luangwa and Lower Zambezi Valleys) as this is miombo (brachystegia) woodland which only occurs between Zimbabwe and Tanzania and which the Kafue is very much the heartland of.

Combining the two Parks enables you to see all the big stars - Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo and Giraffe together with the much more obscure - Lechwe, Roan and Sable - by open vehicle, on foot and on the river.

All in all a very varied trip without endlessly moving, focusing particularly on four things Zambia does superbly - Walking, Wilderness, Guiding and small Bushcamps

The journey

Deeper in to the bush with more time on foot

South Luangwa National Park


South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere...

The Kafue at its best

Kafue National Park


Kafue National Park

At 22,400km sq Kafue is substantially larger than Wales, yet in recent years much overlooked. However, this behemoth of a Park is...

Quotation Mark
I am still dreaming of Zambia.... It was the most amazing trip and I just wish I could have made I go slower! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the trip. I have thousands of really excellent photos! All camps were fabulous and the staff wonderful! ”

Mary Clarke, Sydney, Australia

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