“Regarded as one of the most beautiful, friendly, diverse and ‘wild’ countries on the entire African continent.”
Why Should You Visit Zambia for a Safari?
An undiscovered gem in Southern Africa, Zambia is rich in wildlife and natural beauty. It is full of colour and life, with some seriously remote and unspoilt areas ready for exploration.
With no fences in sight, most of Zambia’s national parks are as wild as can be. So visiting this magnificent destination will allow you to discover the true meaning of ‘wilderness’!
Rivers as Lifelines of the Zambian Safari
The geography of Zambia is primarily defined by the three large rivers that flow through it – the Kafue, Luangwa, and Zambezi Rivers. These waterways are why Zambia is a haven for various wildlife, including all the big game, an abundance of birdlife and exotic fish.
Authentic Safari Experiences in Zambia
Here, you can enjoy traditional and authentic African safari experiences with a personal, rustic touch and a healthy dose of adventure. The country’s landscape is diverse, with dense forests, sweeping grass plains, raging rivers and spectacular waterfalls, including the Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Wonders of the World).
Zambia’s Spectacular Wildlife Events
Zambia is also home to two extraordinary annual events – the largest mammal migration in the world, where 10 million fruit bats descend upon Kasanka National Park, and the second largest wildebeest migration in Liuwa Plain.
Fast Facts about Zambia
- Population: 16 million, a mosaic of numerous ethnic groups, each contributing to the rich cultural tapestry of the nation.
- Capital city: Lusaka is a bustling metropolis that blends traditional markets with modern urban living.
- Zambia covers 752,000 km² and is landlocked by eight countries – Zimbabwe, Angola, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Botswana, making it a crossroads of diverse African cultures.
- Named after the Zambezi River, which flows along the southerly border, the river is a lifeline for the region’s economy and ecosystems.
- The Zambezi River is the fourth largest river in the world, uniting six countries from Central Africa to the Indian Ocean and providing vital water resources for agriculture and hydroelectric power.
- There are over 70 languages spoken, seven officially recognised, showcasing the linguistic diversity intrinsic to Zambia’s heritage.
- The Global Peace Index has accorded Zambia a high state of peace, reflecting the nation’s stable political landscape and its people’s friendly nature.
- 30% of the country is a dedicated wildlife conservation area, and it boasts 19 National Parks, underscoring Zambia’s commitment to preserving its natural wealth for future generations.
- Home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the majestic Victoria Falls is locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “The Smoke That Thunders.”
Where Are the Best Safari Locations in Zambia?
Zambia is home to the traditional safari and is the place to go if you want to experience the African wilderness in its most natural state. Choosing where and what to do can be challenging, as each destination offers unique and memorable experiences and sights.
Upper Zambezi, Kafue, and Liuwa Plain
In the west lies the Upper Zambezi region, a treasure trove of aquatic biodiversity. It leads to the sweeping expanses of Kafue National Park, one of Africa’s oldest preserves.
Here, vast herds of antelope roam the plains, and predators lurk in the shadows. Liuwa Plain is renowned for its dramatic wildebeest migration, a spectacle of nature that rivals the more famous Serengeti migration.
The Luangwa Valley
Kasanka, a small but biodiverse park, is the staging ground for the breathtaking convergence of ten million straw-coloured fruit bats. This annual phenomenon transforms the skies into a fluttering dance – a prime opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers to witness one of nature’s grand events.
Kasanka National Park
The reasonably small Kasanka National Park lies in the central north, bordering on the Congo. It is home to one of Zambia’s highlights, witnessed when millions of fruit bats come together annually to feed off ripened fruit in the area.
The Lower Zambezi National Park
The stunning Lower Zambezi National Park is in the south, bordering Zimbabwe. The park embodies everything Zambia offers with storybook scenery, an abundance of wildlife and a range of adventure activities, including water-based activities on the mighty Zambezi.
The Adventure Capital of Africa
Last but certainly not least, there’s the adventure capital of Africa – Livingstone, home to the inspiring Victoria Falls and a range of adrenaline-filled activities, some not for the faint-hearted!
Want to Learn More About Zambia Safari Parks?
From the untamed landscapes of South Luangwa to the sunset hues of Western Zambia and the riverine splendour of the Lower Zambezi, these visual journeys offer a glimpse into the diverse ecosystems that make Zambia a top safari destination.
Watch and feel the pulse of Africa’s wildlife before you even set foot on its soil.
Why Do We Recommend Zambia for Your Safari Experience?
Zambia is one of the few places where safaris remain untouched by the commercialisation that has touched many other African countries. Here, you’ll find the essence of the African safari as it was meant to be – raw and authentic.
Venture into vast landscapes teeming with wildlife, where nature writes the rules, and every safari is an original adventure.
Serenity in Remote Wilderness
In Zambia, the wilderness stretches as far as the eye can see, unspoiled by human touch. The remote areas offer a sense of solitude and connection with nature that is becoming increasingly rare. Here, you can listen to the authentic sounds of the African bush, from the roar of lions at dusk to the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze.
Abundant Wildlife and Birding
Zambia is a biodiverse wonderland, boasting some of the most impressive wildlife sightings in the world. Its national parks are sanctuaries for an incredible variety of animals, while the country is also a bird watcher’s paradise. With over 700 bird species, including several endemic and rare species, birding enthusiasts will find their haven.
World-Class White Water Rafting and Canoe Safaris
Thrill-seekers will find their adrenaline fix on the mighty Zambezi River. They are renowned for offering the best whitewater rafting experiences globally. For a different pace, canoe safaris present a unique opportunity to glide through tranquil waters, getting up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of birds, all from the safety of your canoe.
Witnessing Spectacular Migration Events
Zambia is the stage for some of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife migrations. The Kasanka bat migration and the Liuwa Plain wildebeest migration offer spellbinding spectacles. These events are not just a feast for the eyes but also provide exceptional wildlife photography opportunities that capture the essence of Africa’s dynamic ecosystems.
The Birthplace of the Walking Safari
Walking safaris originated in Zambia and offer an intimate way to experience the African bush. Walking alongside expert guides, you learn to track animals, understand their behaviour, and appreciate the miniature wonders of the brush. It’s an immersive experience that allows you to be at one with the wilderness in a way that vehicles can’t provide.
Eastern & Northern Zambia
Western & Central Zambia
Safaris in Zambia
When Is the Best Time to Go on a Zambian Safari?
Zambia is seasonal and known to experience monsoonal-style rainfall in summer (also known as the wet season). It is, therefore, essential to get the timing of your trip right to ensure the conditions suit your interests and safari preferences.
Wet Season (November to April)
Due to Zambia’s tropical climate, the region can experience heavy rainfall between November and April, making travel to some areas difficult. Depending on the location, some camps close down over this period due to flooding and access issues.
However, the summer months in Zambia are picturesque, with vibrant landscapes that contrast entirely the dry land seen over the winter months.
Almost overnight, the area becomes green, lush and full of life, and the skies clear to a crisp blue, creating the perfect backdrop for photographers. Migratory birds appear with full breeding plumage, making it an excellent time for birding enthusiasts.
Victoria Falls also springs to life as the mighty Zambezi River flows entirely during the wet season – a sight not to be missed!
Extra Tip: Rates are more affordable during this low season.
Dry season (May to October)
Winter is generally dry with cooler temperatures and some chilly nights, making these months a prime time to visit Zambia. Water sources dry up, leading to a higher concentration of wildlife around the rivers and waterholes, creating ideal game viewing for visitors.
It is essential to consider the season if you want to visit Victoria Falls, as the waterfall is full at the beginning of the dry season but dwindles towards the end until the first rains fall again in November.
Winter is the high season, especially between July and October.
The best time to visit Zambia is in spring and autumn, periods which combine the best of both seasons – great climate, lush vegetation and lots of wildlife. A great time to visit the Victoria Falls is between May and June, as the waterfalls flow freely and are quite magnificent during this period.
Before heading to Zambia, it’s advisable to get vaccinations for common diseases such as yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid. Malaria prophylaxis is also highly recommended due to the prevalence of the disease in many African countries.
Many Zambia safaris offer cultural experiences that allow you to engage with local communities. These may include village visits, cultural performances, and opportunities to learn about indigenous people’s traditions and way of life.
In Zambia, safari-goers often travel in open 4×4 vehicles for game drives. Light aircraft transfers are shared for longer distances between parks, offering stunning aerial views of the country’s diverse landscapes.
Responsible travel in Zambia includes respecting wildlife and natural habitats during safaris, supporting conservation efforts, choosing eco-friendly lodges, and engaging with local communities in a respectful and supportive manner.
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