Zambia is the birthplace of the walking safari, particularly in areas such as South and North Luangwa, one of the few remaining true wilderness and wildlife sanctuaries. The Luangwa Valley is a vast, remote area covering 9050 sq. km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. An additional draw is the possibility of night safaris.
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We had two full days at the falls, white water rafting and sunset cruising on the Zambezi. This was followed by 5 full days in Flatdogs Lodge at South Luangwa. Both locations were fabulous and the experiences in both were better than we could have imagined. We saw so much wildlife on the drives and walks, and the local guides imparted a wealth of knowledge about the plants and animals, and the habitat. The hospitality, accommodation and food were all great. I provided Bushbaby with the destinations, timings and budget. They did the rest and organised everything. For us it was effortless. They were friendly and experienced. They were a great find.
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The mighty Zambezi River forms part of the Zambian border and is at its best when it reaches Victoria Falls at Livingstone. The water plunges about 100 metres into a narrow gorge before flowing down a series of rapids – ideal for white water rafting.
The Falls offer a host of activities, including sundowner boat trips, lunch on Livingstone Island, game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, white water rafting, canoeing, scenic flights and angling for tiger fish. Further downstream, past the Kariba Dam, is one of the best areas to explore the Zambezi on a combined river and land safari.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is a haven for wildlife, particularly elephants and wild dogs. With the Mana Pools Game Reserve on the Zimbabwean side, the traffic of animals, particularly elephants, is a sight to behold. Game drives here are excellent with experienced local guides, superb accommodation and a true sense of wilderness. Walking and canoeing are part of the daily activities here, but arguably the best option is game viewing on board a pontoon whilst you are tucking into a superbly cooked hot breakfast!
South Luangwa National Park is in east Zambia’s Luangwa River valley. It’s known for its abundant wildlife. Inside the Mfuwe Gate entrance, the river is often crowded with hippos. The woodland savannah is home to hundreds of bird species. Trails from the park’s lodges wander past baobab trees, herds of elephants and rare Thornicroft’s giraffes.
Please note this country is malarial.
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When to go
The rains in Zambia generally fall from December–March although the further north you are, the longer the rainy season is likely to last. Eastern and higher areas generally receive more rainfall. This is known as Zambia’s “Emerald Season” when most camps close and many unsurfaced roads in Zambia become impassable.
The months of April and May are a lovely time to travel, boasting a lush green landscape and good water levels at the Falls ensuring dramatic views.
From June–August the nights become much cooler but you can expect warm and clear days. This is when the walking bush camps open as roads have dried and game sightings improve.
The temperatures then rise again towards October and November when it can become very hot and hence the animals congregate around the water holes – an ideal opportunity for game viewing!
Flights: Whilst there are no direct flights from the UK to Zambia, there are many connecting options. For Lusaka Airport Kenya Airways fly via Nairobi, BA and Qatar via Doha and Emirates via Dubai. For Livingstone Airport fly via Johannesburg with BA or via Nairobi with Kenya Airways.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 710 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zambia
Time Zone: GMT+2
US Dollar / Zambian Kwacha
Capital City: Lusaka