Why choose Zambia?

Zambia is a huge, exceptional country, with wonderful rivers and game parks such as Liuwa PlainKafueLuangwa 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 a 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…

Places to visit

Bangweulu Wetlands

Located well off the beaten track in the northern part of Zambia, the Bangweulu Wetlands support an incredible diversity of water birds. This area certainly offers an authentic African experience.

Liuwa Plain National Park

Lying in the far west of Zambia, Liuwa Plain National Park is one of the earliest protected areas in Africa. It has a long and rich history and boasts a diverse range of wildlife including Africa's second largest wildebeest gathering. Often described as the photographer’s dream, here you can discover various species of rare birds, follow cheetah hunt in the plains or watch clans of up to 50 hyenas interacting at their den.

North Luangwa National Park

Located north of the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, North Luangwa is a truly remote destination, known for its wild, untouched and ‘Africa as it once was’ feel. It has only a small number of camps and a handful of visitors at any one time.

Kafue National Park

Located in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa home to a variety of habitat types and a fantastic diversity of wildlife.

Livingstone

Livingstone is a bustling town, mixed with historical and contemporary Zambian culture. Today you can still see the charm of colonial-style houses and buildings of old. With all of its history and exciting activities, not to mention the Victoria Falls, Livingstone is an ideal destination to start or end your safari circuit in Southern Africa.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is arguably one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this Park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness first-hand.

Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba, located in the Southern Province on the Zimbabwean border is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the world’s largest artificial lake.

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe. This park is still relatively undeveloped, its beauty lying in its wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game, wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. As well as land-based activities, the park offers a host of water-based adventures - including world-class fishing, boat safaris and (a firm favourite of ours) the canoe safari!

The Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is the stuff of legends, romance and myth. An iconic draw card that features prominently on the "must see list" of travellers to south and southern Africa the sheer size, sight and sound of this magnificent spectacle never fails to inspire. There are many ways to view the Falls: by land, river and from the air - in a microlight, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter.

When to visit Zambia

Zambia’s weather can be divided into two categories: wet from December to April, and dry from May to November. The best time to visit Zambia for game viewing and wildlife photography is May to October. Most visitors come during this period when the weather is dry, and the wildlife is seeking out water. During Zambia’s rainy season (also known as the ‘Emerald Season’) most camps close and many unsurfaced roads become impassable. However, there are benefits of travelling out of season as this is a great time for birders and photographers and you can take advantage of low season offers. If you’re planning to visit the Victoria Falls, March to May is the ideal time to experience it at its fullest and most spectacular.

A Sample Of What You Can Experience

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We recommend Zambia for…

WALKING SAFARIS

Zambia is the home of walking safaris and Africa’s finest guides. Small safari companies still operate here using intimate camps that offer some of the best expertly guided walking safaris and/or specialist birding safaris.

BUSH & BEACH

Zambia combines well with Malawi to offer a perfect balance for a bush and beach holiday. Explore the wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and then relish the tranquil beauty of Lake Malawi. Expect adventure, excitement and beauty.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

For families with teenagers (and older children) Zambia has great potential for a truly memorable holiday. There are a vast range of land and water-based activities on offer alongside superb camps and lodges and family focused guides.

HONEYMOONS

A honeymoon in beautiful, untouched Zambia offers the perfect mix of safari and relaxation. It is still relatively off-the-beaten track and offers some spectacular landscapes and wildlife. A honeymoon to Zambia is to experience one of the true wilderness areas left in Africa.

ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS

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

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS

One of the real joys of Africa is to spend a night sleeping out under the stars. Get right out into the wilds of Africa where it really is just you, the great outdoors and the stars. Go to sleep on a star bed whilst still in comfort with great food and guides.

14 Day Safari Holiday | Zambia

Outposts Travel Africa arranged a holiday for some returning clients who wanted to explore Zambia. We organised a 2 week adventure that took them off-grid and into the wilderness.

“Without doubt it has been the best safari we have ever been on.”

“We stayed at three camps – Chamilandu, Kapamba and Kuyenda. All slightly different. However all beds in the camps were of the same standard and very comfortable. In all the camps we were offered driving and walking or a combination of both. We always drove on the first morning and afternoon/evening drive and then walked/ drove thereafter. We saw loads of elephants, a herd of 700 buffalo, two prides of lions, 7 different leopards and a cub (amazing), loads of Impala, bushbucks, kudu, puku, waterbucks, warthogs, baboons, vervet monkeys, giraffes, zebra, hippos both in and out of water, hyena and loads of fabulous birds. This was a fantastic holiday to Zambia which worked very well.”

Mr & Mrs Woods

UK, September

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