Zambia is a landlocked country in the centre of Southern Africa and is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. This country is known as ‘the real Africa’ and has a huge amount to offer.
North Luangwa reserve is best described as ‘wild’. This is a remote park particularly suited to those who want to experience ‘the Africa that was’. There are no permanent lodges, very few roads and entrance numbers are limited.
A trip to the shores of Kariba wouldn’t be complete without a walk on the mammoth dam wall. The views to either side are utterly contrasting. To one side the seemingly endless expanse of the lake and to the other a sheer drop off to the gorge far below.
Water aside most travellers are enticed to Zambia by its superb game reserves. The game and parks will impress even the most seasoned safari aficionado. South Luangwa game reserve is one of the top game reserves in the world, with over 60 species of animal and 400 kinds of bird at the last count. This park is where the legendary ‘walking safari’ had its inauguration. The changing seasons create dry and bare areas in the winter and a lush green paradise in the summer. The winding Luangwa River and lagoons complete the park’s charm. Night drives are excellent for leopard spotting and you couldn’t possibly miss the hippos; they number 50 per kilometre of river within the park.
North Luangwa reserve is best described as ‘wild’. This is a remote park particularly suited to those who want to experience ‘the Africa that was’. There are no permanent lodges, very few roads and entrance numbers are limited. The reserve was opened to the public in 1984 but only for walking safaris. Game drives are now an option but for their peacefulness and assured sense of wonder we would recommend the walking safaris.
The Lower Zambezi is Zambia’s newest park and fairly undeveloped. This beautiful wilderness is a great place to get up close to game as the animals ‘island hop’ in and out of the Zambezi channels. The canoe safaris here are unbeatable.
Kafue is the oldest park. It’s also the largest – about the size of Wales! The diversity of wildlife here is astounding. Particularly impressive are the Busanga Plains in the North of the park. This area is untouched by human development and forms a vast flat expanse which stretches as far as the eye can see. In the wet season the flatlands here flood and become a huge watery wilderness.