No journey to southern Africa would be complete without a safari to Zambia. You'll experience some of Southern Africa's wildest and most remote destinations but you'll be far from roughing it: a Zambia safari combines excellent big game viewing with luxurious lodges and some of the best guides in Africa. And although the raw beauty of Zambia’s vast reserves has long made them a favourite for safari connoisseurs, they don’t attract the crowds that cluster around sightings in the better-known parks in Africa - in fact the only bustle you’re likely to find is at the country’s most popular attraction: the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Zambia’s most popular attractions include:
Here, the Zambezi River drops one-hundred metres into the steeply walled Bakota Gorge, resulting in the country’s most powerful attraction: the Victoria Falls. Local people call it Mosi-Oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’, and on a clear day the veil of spray can be seen up to eighty kilometres away. The town of Livingstone, self-styled adventure capital of Africa, is just ten kilometres away. From white-water rafting and abseiling to bungee jumping and abseiling, there’s plenty to get the adrenalin pumping to enjoy a memorably alternative view of Africa.
South Luangwa National Park & Lower Zambezi
Zambia’s key attraction is, of course, its animals. South Luangwa National Park is renowned as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The rich volcanic soil, abundant water, light and warmth, have created an extraordinarily lush and diverse environment. Unlike many parks, the landscape is very varied, from mature mopane forests, to wide-open plains and sparkling salt pans, but what really makes South Luangwa so special is the high concentration of game and low number of visitors. Guests can enjoy a true sense of isolation coupled with the full range of game-viewing possibilities, including walking safaris and night drives, which are not permitted in many of the more heavily, visited areas. It supports large populations of Thorneycroft’s Giraffe, and herds of elephant and buffalo often several hundred strong, while the Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotamuses. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050km². The Lower Zambezi is Zambia's newest park; still relatively undeveloped, its beauty lies in its absolute wilderness state.
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is Zambia's oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is spread over 22 400 square kilometres, making it one of the largest National Parks in Africa. It is fed by three rivers, the Lufupa in the north-west and the Lunga and Kafue in the north-east. The Lufupa River floods in the summer, creating a large floodplain delta system that attracts thousands of water birds. The Lunga and Kafue rivers are wide and slow-flowing, banded by riverine forest. Habitats in the Park are diverse, and include floodplains, miombo woodland and dambos. It has good concentrations of plains game and their predators as well as the largest species diversity in Zambia, including animals that are rare or non-existent in other southern African countries, such as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope, Defassa waterbuck and oribi. Birdlife is spectacular, consisting of 491 species. In the extreme north of the Kafue lies the Busanga Plains - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remain untouched by development and human activity. Covering 750 square kilometres of breathtaking wilderness, it is considered the jewel in the Kafue crown. This is the best area in Zambia to see cheetah.
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