Vast tracts of wilderness, sensational wildlife and few other tourists. These are the hallmarks of Zambia, a huge landlocked country in the heart of southern Africa. The local tourist board has dubbed this rugged land of plateau, plain, river and swamp ‘The Real Africa’ – and the moment you set foot in one of its dozen or more national parks, you’ll understand why. Enjoying all the comforts of a classic safari led by expert guides, you can play the explorer in Zambia – whether it’s gazing upon the legendary Victoria Falls or paddling a dugout canoe down the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Walking safaris in Zambia provide one of Africa’s most thrilling wildlife experiences. Imagine following a game trail in the world-renowned South Luangwa National Park, smelling the pepper-sweet tang of the bush, your eyes riveted to the fresh elephant tracks at your feet. In the Lower Zambezi National Park, no visit would be complete without canoeing along the river in the company of hippos. The Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park is stunning, big-sky country (Zambia’s very own Serengeti). But Zambia is more than purely a wildlife destination. From modern Lusaka and historical Livingstone to the traditional Lozi kingdom of Barotseland and the extraordinary colonial manor of Shiwa N’gandu, Zambia’s culture and history are just as fascinating as its big game. At times, ‘The Real Africa’ can seem anything but real. It is far from any coast, yet boasts sandy beaches where it borders Lake Tanganyika – a favourite spot for anglers. Victoria Falls is a an awe-inspiring place filled with adrenaline-charged adventures like whitewater rafting, abseiling and bungee jumping. your first view of the Falls will stay fresh in your mind for the rest of your life.
Zambia is first and foremost a safari destination. Wildlife is to Zambia what the Opera House is to Sydney, Table Mountain is to Cape Town or the Statue of Liberty is to New York. You simply can’t leave without seeing it. Even if you only spend an afternoon on a game drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near Victoria Falls, you will at least experience some of the suspense, thrill and wonder that is unique to an African safari. Part of the special appeal of a Zambian safari lies in the variety of wildlife-viewing options (game drives in open vehicles, night drives, walking safaris, canoe trips, etc) and the excellent range of national parks. Very quickly, you will be totting up an impressive list of the more common large mammals and birds – and if you’re lucky, one or two rarities. A Zambian Safari transports you back to the time when animals ruled the earth and it is impossible to leave without a profound awakening and an understanding of how incredible our planets natural heritage is, and how deeply connected we are to every aspect of it.
The lodges and safari camps in Zambia are of an exceptionally high standard and offer a complete luxury experience in the heart of wildest Africa, effortlessly combing the true grit of a real African safari with top class finishings, cuisine and all round African splendour. Our Travel Experts are intimately familiar with every nuance of the different accommodations and safaris on offer and will be able to offer you real advice on how best to plan your safari, and how you can tailor-make it to suit your individual tastes and dreams. Simply enquire with any one of them and they will help you every step of the way.