A country full of wild and authentic safari experiences!
Zambia is home to the birthplace of walking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park, the exhilarating land and water based safaris in the Lower Zambezi, and the wild and untouched national parks of Kafue and North Luangwa. The safari experience and game viewing is like no other. Here is a little breakdown of the safari destinations that Zambia home.
South Luangwa National Park
Zambia’s variety of national parks, landscape, topography, activities and guiding make it a very attractive destination for first time and experienced safari travelers. There are several national parks in Zambia but top of the list is the South Luangwa National Park. With reliable sightings of the elusive leopard, and a range of activities including night drives and exhilarating walking safaris, most guests spend an average of four to seven nights in the park to experience an unforgettable safari. Guests usually split their time between two camps and areas in the park and we highly recommend staying in at least one bush camp for a rustic and wild experience!
Our favourite camps in South Luangwa National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park
Second (or on par) with the South Luangwa is the Lower Zambezi National Park. With the mighty Zambezi River flowing through the park, game viewing activities are water and land based. With a selection including canoe trips, fishing, boat trips, night and day game drives and walking safaris, guests staying here will certainly not have fall short of things to do! Alongside a wealth of activities, one of the best things to do in the Lower Zambezi is to relax in the peaceful camp and enjoy an ‘armchair safari’ with a gin and tonic in hand… watching the incredible wildlife come to drink along the riverbank!
Our favourite camps in the Lower Zambezi National Park
North Luangwa National Park
Safaris to North Luangwa National Park are often combined with the south park, and whilst it is not a common itinerary, with a short 10-20-minute light aircraft flight between the two, it is easy to combine. With a few exceptions, the wildlife in the north is the same as what you would find in the south. The eland (the largest of the antelope), hartebeest, larger lion prides and buffalo herds are often seen more often here compared to the south. Walking safaris are the preferred method of game viewing, and depending on which camp you stay in, you may only get into a vehicle when you are arriving or leaving!
Our favouite camps in North Luangwa National Park
Kafue National Park
Located in the centre of Zambia is Kafue National Park, and at a size of 22,400 square kilometres (approximately the same size as Wales), Kafue is the country’s largest national park. Although it is a lesser-visited area, Kafue homes a variety of areas and plains, offering diverse landscapes, geography, birding and wildlife. This park is characterised by a diversity of habitats, including floodplains, swamps, miombo woodland and vast open plains, which make the game drives and walking safaris all that more interesting! The size of the park means that wildlife densities are not as concentrated as some smaller parks, but this isn’t to say the game viewing isn’t fantastic!
Our favouite camps in Kafue National Park
Busanga Bushcamp, Shumba Camp, Ila Safari Lodge
Liuwa Plain National Park
Located in the very west of Zambia is the most remote and secluded national park in the country - Liuwa Plains. Meaning ‘plains’ in the local Lozi language, the vast grassland is home to the second largest wildebeest migration on earth (after East Africa). An impressive 47,000 or so wildebeest migrate from the Greater Liuwa Ecosystem into the park, their movement dependent on water, grazing, fire and human establishment.