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About Zambia

: Zambia and adventure go hand in hand. Start your Zambian tour enjoying the sights of amazing Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and adrenalin-pumping activities of Livingstone before moving on the Zambia’s superb and national parks. South Luangwa is where the African walking safari originated and is still the best place to get up close to some of Africa’s most impressive and respected animals including lion, elephant and leopard, while North Luangwa is famous for vast herds of buffalo. Remote and untouched Kafue National Park is the place to see huge herds of grazers, many predators, magnificent birdlife and very few people. Stunning Lower Zambezi National Park offers boat-based game viewing along with game drives, night drives and walking tours to round off your experience.

Zambia Tour Packages for 2018 - 2019

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$3820
8
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zambia

South Luangwa Walking Safari

A great safari for those on a limited budget who still want a top class Luangwa experience with no compromise on levels of guiding, wildlife experience and comfort. The exact itinerary is decided by us, two weeks before travel but we guarantee a smooth running safari. There is a substancial discount in exchange of this flexibility. The itinerary below is to be used a guide only.

itinerary: Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park - Kapani Lodge - Luwi Camp - Nsolo Camp - Kakuli Camp - Lusaka
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$6960
9
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zambia

Luwi River Walking Safari

Feel the real taste of Africa by doing walking safari along the Luwi River in the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia. The Luwi river area (where Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli Bush Camps are situated) is famous for large numbers of lions, wild dogs, leopards and hippopotamus. Lead by the experience veteran guide and scout teams, this eight night privately guided safari is perfect for adventurers who are looking for a really involving in wildlife and wilderness experience.

itinerary: Lusaka - South Luangwa National Park - Luwi Bush Camp - Nsolo Bush Camp - Kakuli Bush Camp - Lusaka
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$3755
10
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zambia

South Luangwa and Zambezi Safari

Explore two Zambia's premier wildlife destinations: the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Parks. Combine walking and driving safaris with the optional extra activities of canoeing and tiger fishing on the Zambezi River. This is a great safari for families.

itinerary: South Luangwa National Park - Lower Zambezi National Park
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$5430
10
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zambia, malawi

Zambia Wilderness and Malawi Beach

This safari gives you a combination of the spectacular Victoria Falls, the untamed wilderness of the South Luangwa and the tranquil beauty of Lake Malawi. Combine a multitude of activities (white water rafting, scuba diving, walking and driving safaris just to name a few) with the peace and relaxation of being in the natural surroundings of the bush and on your own private island, eating wonderful food and taking in the view with a cool drink on your balcony.

itinerary: Livingstone - Victoria Falls - Sindabezi Island - South Luangwa National Park - Likoma Island
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$4785
11
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zambia

Best of Zambia

Explore two of Zambia’s premier wildlife destinations: the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Parks with the mighty Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Combine walking and driving safaris in these two magnificent National Parks with the optional extra activities of canoeing and tiger fishing on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or a helicopter flight at the Victoria Falls. We can tailor this itinerary to your requirements for longer/shorter stays.

itinerary: Victoria Falls - South Luangwa National Park - Lower Zambezi National Park

Zambia Travel Guide

Country Guide

Zambia Country Guide

Zambia may not be the first country that springs to mind when considering an African safari, but with a little research you will find that this peaceful country is a wonderful destination that truly deserves a place on every visitor’s wishlist.

Travel Guide

What animals can you see on your African safari?

Are you going on safari for the first time? Have an easy start and get a glimpse at the range of fascinating wildlife species in Africa, with advice on where to spot them and the best time to do it.

Travel Guide

What are the different types of African safaris?

While planning a safari, you may think solely of the big vans driving around to see wild animals in their natural habitat, but a safari can be so much more, which makes the process rather unnerving.

Travel Guide

Top 5 reserves to see lions in Africa

Plan your safari vacations to the reserves and national parks where you are most likely to spot a lion in the wild. Learn how to maximize your time and pair your safari with other superb African destinations.

Travel Guide

Why the rainy season might be the best time for a safari

While the dry season brings the benefit of sunny weather and easy wildlife spotting, a safari during the rainy season might have enough surprises to change your mind.

Travel Guide

5 of Africa's most rare and endangered safari species

Embarking on a search of endangered and rare species can be challenging, but the rewards are worthwhile and the experience of seeing an animal that very few may ever witness is just thrilling.

Travel Guide

Why are African safaris expensive?

Running water and electricity may seem like a basic necessity to you, but a hefty price is paid to connect the remote lodges to electricity and supply water.

Travel Guide

How to fit Victoria Falls into a multi country safari holiday

The breathtaking Victoria Falls are high on many visitors lists, within close proximity to fantastic national parks not only in Zamiba in Zimbabwe, but also nearby Botswana and with possible routes to Namibia too.

Zambia Top Destinations

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

One of Africa’s most impressive sights, the immense Victoria Falls is home to countless adrenalin activities, including bungee-jumping, abseiling and ‘gorge-swinging’ over the roaring Zambezi River below. But you can also get a bird’s eye view on a scenic helicopter flight, river safari along the Upper Zambezi or stand metres from its top at Livingstone Island near the aptly named ‘Devil’s Pool’.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park boasts one of the richest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and is home to the original African walking safari. Its diverse vegetation is inhabited by the Big 4 (no rhino), together with kudu, zebra and antelope, while boat safaris along the South Luangwa River offer an intimate view of resident hippo.

North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park

North Luangwa National Park’s remote wilderness is only accessible to a few exclusive safari operators and witnessing a lion kill is a highlight of this uncrowded territory. Personalised walking safaris through its open grasslands and riverine forests are ideal for spotting buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and impala, while vervet monkeys, crowned cranes and Pel’s fishing owl inhabit the canopy above.

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park

Zambia’s oldest national park, Kafue remains largely unexplored, with its untouched wilderness home to rare species of antelope, such as the blue duiker, sitatunga and lechwe. It is considered one of the best parks in Africa to spot leopard, as well as crocodiles semi-submerged along the Kafue River, while large populations of cheetah and African wild dog are also resident.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park

Situated along the banks of the Zambezi River where ‘island-hopping’ buffalo and waterbuck dwell, the Lower Zambezi National Park is noted for its large herds of elephant and hippo, together with healthy populations of lion and leopard which inhabit the floodplain and mopane forest of its valley floor.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika

The world’s longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika is a vast inland sea, and its scenic landscape can be explored while kayaking, water skiing and sports fishing for nkupi, goliath tigerfish and Nile perch. Its warm waters also boast good snorkelling and scuba diving, home to a huge array of fish, otters, speckled eels and the endemic Storm’s water cobra.

Lusaka African Woman

Lusaka

Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is a hive of activity, with people from all corners of the country filling its sprawling suburbs. It boasts some of the country’s best restaurants, museums and galleries, while the Saturday Dutch Market hosts artisans from across East Africa and a diverse selection of ethnic food to sample.

Safari Animals and Wildlife in Zambia

Elephant

Elephant

While there are large herds of elephant to be found throughout the Lower Zambezi region and Luangwa Valley, South Luangwa National Park boasts around 10,000, often seen in large herds refuelling and bathing at the river’s edge.

Leopard sleeping on tree, South Luangwa National Park

Leopard

South Luangwa National Park is considered one of the best places in Africa to see leopards in the wild, with multiple, individual sightings not uncommon. A big factor is that South Luangwa allows for night game drives when this nocturnal creature is at its most active.

Hippo

Hippo

The water-dwelling hippo is easily spotted within the rivers that traverse Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks, but with 48 per kilometre of river, South Luangwa has the highest density. From the safety of a canoe safari you can get very close, with hippos much less mobile in water than on land.

Buffalo

Buffalo

Often seen wallowing in mud to rid their skin of parasites, buffaloes are found in most of Zambia’s national parks, but Kafue and South Luangwa both house large herds, often with more than 400 individuals.

Hyena

Hyena

While hyena are known as scavengers, they are also wily hunters, organised into packs that are highly territorial. Spotted hyenas are commonly seen in both North and South Luangwa National Parks, as well as Kafue, and if you’re tracking them on foot, look for their white droppings - a result of their calcium-rich bone diet.

Endemic Wildlife

Endemic Wildlife

While they may not be as well known as some of their more charismatic neighbours, Zambia is home to a number of endemic animals. The giraffe subspecies known as Thornicroft’s giraffe are easily spotted in Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks, while the latter is also home to a lighter-coloured subspecies of wildebeest known as Cookson’s wildebeest. If you are in Kafue National Park, keep an eye out for the Kafue Lechwe, found nowhere else in Africa.

Zambian Unique Experiences

Take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River

Take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River

Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River with a cocktail in hand as the sky illuminates rich oranges and the sun sinks below the horizon. These late afternoon and early twilight hours are also one of the best times to spot active wildlife such as elephants, buffalos and waterbuck.

Relax in a houseboat on Lake Kariba

Relax in a houseboat on Lake Kariba

Fully equipped with a crew who will attend to your every need, there is no better way to explore Lake Kariba then on a houseboat. Ranging from yachts to cabin cruisers, you can spot hippos, crocodiles a huge diversity of bird species, catch fresh fish for dinner, and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Witness the annual Kasanka Bat Migration

Witness the annual Kasanka Bat Migration

Each November/December around 8 million fruit bats take to the sky on their annual migration in the northeastern Kasanka National Park, swarming above in an exhilarating natural wildlife phenomenon.

Visit the chimpanzees of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

Visit the chimpanzees of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

Home to more than 50 chimpanzees confiscated from poachers, the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is an unique opportunity to get up close to these primates while supporting the ongoing work of this rapidly expanding wildlife sanctuary that also houses baboons, vervet monkeys, antelope and a vast range of bird species.

Wildlife spot during high-tea on the terrace of one of Livingstone’s luxury riverside hotels

Wildlife spot during high-tea on the terrace of one of Livingstone’s luxury riverside hotels

A throw-back to colonial days, sipping tea and snacking on cakes and scones on the terrace of one of Livingstone’s luxury riverside hotels is the perfect way to wile away an afternoon, and with wildlife passing through, it also makes for a decadent ‘safari’.

Zambia Safari Vacation Types

Safari jeep tracking lion pride

Classic African safari

Retiring to the comfort of a well-equipped permanent camp or luxury lodge after a day of game drives or walking safaris is the classic way to experience Zambia, with South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi’s luxury lodges both offering an outstanding level of comfort.

Walking safari

Walking safari

Zambia pioneered the walking safari and ambling through the bush as you follow animal markings is still one of the best ways to explore South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks. Start early in the morning to take advantage of both wildlife and bird encounters, while your guide not only details animal behaviour and how to track them, but how to do it safely.

Mobile safari tent

Mobile safari

Zambia’s mobile safaris move between the country’s major national parks, sleeping in bush camps where you are surrounded by the African wilderness. Classic Zambia mobile safaris include big game wildlife spotting and birdwatching walks in both North and South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue national parks, with a stop to take in the breathtaking Victoria Falls.

Canoeing safari

Canoeing safari

Slowly plying the waters of the Luangwa, Lower and Upper Zambezi Rivers is a leisurely way to wildlife spot, enabling you a unique perspective on the animals that comes to refuel at their banks. Without the noise of a motor, you can immerse yourself in the bird calls and hippo grunts that surround you.

Photographic safari

Photographic safari

For keen photographers, Zambia offers safaris directly tailored to those hoping to capture incredible wildlife shots throughout its photogenic national parks. With experienced photographic guides, you will not only learn the tricks to taking captivating animal portraits, but how to take advantage of the optimal early morning and late afternoon light.

Best time to visit Zambia

June to November. Zambia dry season is considered the best for wildlife viewing, with dry roads meaning all camps are open and clear, blue skies. From June through to August the nights can be chilly, but by September/October temperatures rise and Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi and Mana Pools see animals congregated around limited water resources and along the river banks.

December to May. The rainy season begins in December with the majority of rains falling until March. Known as the ‘green season’, many camps close with unsurfaced roads impassable. By April/May things are starting to dry out with the landscape left a lush, emerald colour and, if you are a keen birdwatcher, then this is an ideal time to visit South Luangwa.

Zambian Ethnic Groups

Tonga

Tonga

Tonga translates as ‘independent’ - a Bantu tribal group of semi-subsistence farmers whose agricultural lifestyle is reflected in their spirit beliefs that include a reverence for rainmakers. Cultural visits to their southern Zambia villages along the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers includes the opportunity to meet tribal elders, witness traditional dances and taste their local specialities.

Ngoni

Originating in South Africa, the Ngoni cattle pastoralists migrated into Eastern Zambia in the early 19th century and affirmed their tribal warrior reputation by raiding villages and conquering land. Today their traditional thanksgiving ceremony of Nc’wala, held in Mtenguleni Village, is an ideal opportunity to interact, while tribal dances are often held at luxury lodges around Victoria Falls.

Festivals in Zambia

Ku-omboka Festival

Celebrated by the Lozi tribe in Mongu, the Ku-omboka festival is a lively procession held at the end of the rainy season, April, marking the Lozi King’s winter relocation to his palace in Limulunga. An immense wooden canoe, manned by around 100 paddlers elaborately adorned in headdresses, lion’s manes and animal skins, travels along the Zambezi Basin, accompanied by the beat of war drums.

Likumbi Lya Mize Festival

Held each August at the palace of the Luvale tribe’s Senior Chief Ndungu, this four-day celebration is a rite-of-passage for young boys as masked Makishi dancers and musicians present mythological stories designed to teach moral lessons. It concludes with a royal Makishi parade and offers visitors a unique insight into Zambian tradition, together with market stalls selling distinct Luvale handicrafts.

Livingstone Cultural and Arts Festival

Held in Livingstone each September, this festival features performing artists from across the country, including theatrical plays, musicians, painters and buskers. The streets are filled with a carnival-like atmosphere and it is the ideal time to purchase paintings and sculpture direct from the makers.

Zambian Gastronomy

You can find cuisine from across the world in Zambia’s main urban centres, with the influence of Indian, Arab and Portuguese traders seen in many of the spice mixes, together with barbecued meats and biltong from South Africa. But in the rural countryside it is decidedly traditional, with nshima, accompanied by meat, fish or vegetables forming the staple diet for most meals. Cassava, sweet potato and yams are also cultivated as important carbohydrate sources, while locally brewed beer is the beverage of choice for special occasions.

Ifisashi

Ifisashi is a groundnut stew of peanuts, onion and tomato that can be combined with a variety of vegetables, dried mushrooms or kapenta fish, and served alongside nshima to make a protein-rich vegetarian dish.

Ifinkubala

Made using caterpillars harvested from the mopane tree, Ifinkubala is a Zambian delicacy and a ‘must’ for anybody interested to broaden their palate! The caterpillars are softened in hot water before being fried with tomatoes and onions, and served alongside nshima.

Nshima

Nshima is Zambia’s staple carbohydrate, served with main meat or vegetable dishes country-wide. It is made from ground maize that is boiled and then mashed into a thick porridge and each tribal group refers to it by their own distinct name.

Shopping in Zambia

Locally produced handicrafts are sold at curio stalls at most of Zambia’s main tourist sites and lodges. For the largest range, head to the market at Victoria Falls or Lusaka’s Kabwata Cultural Centre where you can buy direct from the maker. Some handicrafts, particularly wood carvings, have been imported from nearby East African countries, so check their origin if you want to a genuine Zambian souvenir.

Wooden carvings

Wooden Carvings

Wooden carvings of all sizes depicting African animals and tribal people can be purchased at curio stalls and markets throughout the country. They make for a unique piece of home decor and are traditionally carved by skilled artisans using locally-sourced wood.

Woven baskets

Woven Baskets

Many of Zambia’s tribal groups are renowned for their basket weaving, with Tonga women creating beautiful square bottomed baskets from the ilola palm and the Mbundu and Losi women creating bush root baskets from the makenge plant.

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