Zambia

Why Choose Zambia?

Zambia is a huge, exceptional country, with wonderful rivers and game parks such as Liuwa PlainKafue, Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi, and the magnificent Victoria Falls, making it an excellent choice, especially for a family holiday to Africa.

The combination of top class game viewing by vehicle or on foot and, on taking to the water, casting a fly or watching elephants bathing so close you catch their spray, is an experience particularly special to Zambia. Stop for lunch under a canopy with your feet cooling in the river, then search for tree climbing lions as they rest after a kill. With world class wetlands after the rains, together with the Zambezi River it’s a birders’ paradise. For those who want an historically interesting and beautiful riding safari location, visit Shiwa N’gandu overlooking the "lake of the royal crocodile." 

Zambia, as with many African countries, is faced with tough development and conservation battles but there are huge reserves of goodwill. With close cooperation between local communities, tourism is proving to be an important way to conserve Zambia's many ecosystems; a good enough reason to visit on its own...

Where is Zambia?

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.

 

Zambia combines well with...

A visit to the shores of Lake Malawi;

A safari in Botswana or South Africa.

 

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Zambia Highlights

  • Victoria Falls - The smoke that thunders! No visit to Zambia is truly complete without setting eyes on one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the magnificent Victoria Falls. At an incredible 1,708 meters wide, the Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of water in the world and is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur located on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are many ways to view the Falls: by land, river and from the air - in a microlight, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter.
  • Walking Safaris - Zambia is especially appealing as a safari destination as small safari companies still operate here using intimate camps that offer some of the best expertly guided walking safaris and/or specialist birding safaris, where small groups are guided to track Zambia's rarest and most special birds, such as the African Pitta.
  • Lower Zambezi River - Staying beside the mighty Zambezi River is like going on safari by the beach.
  • Liuwa Plain National Park - One of the earliest protected areas in Africa, Liuwa Plain has a long and rich history and is homeland of the Lozi people. Often described as the photographers dream, see thousands of wildebeest, discover various species of rare birds, follow cheetah hunt in the plains or watch clans of up to 50 hyena interacting at their den. Guided by veteran Norman Carr Safaris' guides, Matamanene is the only permanent camp operating in the Park.
  • Lake Kariba - Spend a weekend on the world’s largest artificial lake, Lake Kariba, located in Southern Province on the Zimbabwean border. 
  • Northern Circuit - Visit Kasaba Bay on Lake Tanganika, one of Africa’s Great Lakes.

When to Visit Zambia

There are no hard and fast rules concerning the weather. Conditions can vary enormously from year to year and from region to region. Sometimes the rains don’t come, sometimes there are showers at the most unexpected times of year. This is a very rough guide to the seasons and weather conditions you might expect to encounter. If you would like to discuss the conditions in more detail, please call us and we will be pleased to help.