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Zambia

An overview of where to go and what's on offer in Zambia...

Leopard in South Luangwa
Leopard in South Luangwa

Referred to as the ‘wild’ and ‘authentic’ Africa, Zambia offers an incredible safari experience with, arguably, the best guiding in all of Africa! While Zambia may not be the obvious choice for those looking for a safari trip, it is definitely a country to consider! Its national parks such as the South Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi and Kafue, offer exhilarating game viewing, activities and guiding rival to its competitor safari destination choices.

Victoria Falls

As well as an unforgettable safari experience, another of Zambia’s major attraction is the infamous Victoria Falls, or as they call it locally, the “Mosi-oa-tunya” (meaning the Smoke that Thunders). First discovered in 1855 by David Livingstone, the magnificent waterfall today attracts thousands of tourists each year and in our opinion, it is the perfect way to start or finish your safari trip! Read more…

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! Read more…

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! Read more…

North Luangwa National Park

This is a park known for its wild, untouched and ‘Africa as it once was’ feel. Often referred to as simply the ‘north park’, North Luangwa is sat north of the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, and is half the size than its neighbour, at 4,630 square kilometres. Sharing the same ecosystem as south park – bordered by the dramatic Muchinga Escarpment to the west and the Luangwa River to the east – the main difference between the two parks is that the North park is truly remote, with only three camps and a handful of visitors at one time. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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    At a glance.... Zambia

    • Size 752,618 km²
    • Location Southern-central Africa
    • Recommended time 10+ nights for a full circuit
    • Time to visit Best between July and October for safari but Victoria Falls can be visited throughout the year
    • Safari Activities Game drives, walking safaris, Victoria Falls, canoe safaris, river cruises
    • Topography Open grassland/Acacia scrubland, dense woodland, Victoria Falls

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    Our top five hotels & lodges in Zambia:

    1. Toka Leya View from river

      Toka Leya Camp

      Designed along the lines of a luxury safari camp, Toka Leya sits approximately 30 minutes drive upriver from the famous ‘smoke that thunders’ or Victoria falls. Celebrating its 10th year in 2018, Toya Leya offers a different type of experience to the properties that are located close to the falls (... More...

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    2. Bilimungwe Bushcamp

      Bilimungwe Bush Camp

      Another of the Bushcamp Company properties is Bilimungwe, an intimate and stylish camp with a rustic and authentic safari feel to it. The reason that this camp, along with Chindeni, is one of the favourites of The Bushcamp Company is because of its location. Permanent waterholes and lagoons in... More...

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    3. Nkwali Camp - Bedroom

      Nkwali Camp

      Nkwali Lodge is sat on the banks of the Luangwa River, on private land owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris. Its position, outside of the parks boundaries, means that exclusivity and privacy are combined with excellent game viewing… the perfect combination for those looking for seclusion!

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    4. Tongabezi

      Tongabezi

      Voted as the best safari lodge in Zambia by Conde Nast Travel, this luxury lodge is definitely one to consider when you are planning your trip to Victoria Falls! Tonagezi is set on the banks of the Zambezi River and offers a range of stunning, afrocentric design rooms and communal spaces. The best... More...

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    5. Latitude 15

      Latitude 15

      This is by far our favourite city hotel in Lusaka, if not all of Africa! Latitude 15 are part of the Latitude portfolio (with another in Malawi, and plans of expanding to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam), and are renowned for their décor, contemporary art and stylish space. Latitude 15 has absolutely... More...

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