With some of Africa’s finest walking safaris and some of the best guides and small camps on the continent, Zambia is well-regarded as a destination for safari connoisseurs. The Luangwa Valley, Lower Zambezi and Kafue are spectacular parks, with a wild, raw atmosphere and excellent game. The stunning Victoria Falls adds to Zambia's impressive list of attractions. With the full range of safari activities on offer, a Zambia holiday offers arguably the best value for a complete safari holiday experience, and needless to say, we absolutely love it.
OUR TOP EXPERIENCES
OUR TOP LODGES
- Tafika Camp -
- Old Mondoro Bush Camp -
- Chinzombo Camp -
- Nsolo Camp -
- Shumba Camp -
Why a Zambia Safari?
- Zambia pioneered the walking safari and has remained the leader in this field – some of the top guides and operators in Africa are to be found here.
- The crowds, or lack thereof. Entire days can be spent without seeing a soul. The seclusion that a Zambia safari offers is very rare and special.
- Victoria Falls. The Falls are a formidable sight and this is a great spot for a bucket-load of adrenaline (and non-adrenaline!) activities, including bungee-jumping.
- The migration… of fruit bats! In Kasanka National Park in the northeast, 8 million fruit bats take to the sky in late November. It’s a sight to behold as they darken the sky.
- The variety of activities on offer. All the parks offer day and night game drives, and boating, fishing, canoeing and walking are available in the majority of parks - unlike many other countries in Africa where the activities available in the parks are severely restricted.
Where to go on a Zambia Safari?
South Luangwa:One of Zambia’s most famous parks, the South Luangwa benefits from the fertile banks and flood plains of the Luangwa River which support some of the best game viewing in Africa, especially during the dry season when the game comes close to the river to feed and drink.
There are two main areas in the South Luangwa where the camps are found - the Mfuwe area with the more substantial and older established lodges such as Kapani (Norman Carr) and Nkwali (Robin Pope), and an area in the national park across the river with smaller, rustic and remote bush camps such as Mchenja, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli, Tena Tena and Nsefu. It can work very well to spend a couple of nights at one of the 'main' camps in the Mfuwe area and then to go deeper into the park to stay in one of the more remote 'bush camps' such as those offered by Robin Pope, Norman Carr and The Bush Camp Company.
North Luangwa:When considering where to stay in Zambia, consider that North Luangwa is quite literally the most remote safari destination in Africa, to the extent that the only roads into the park lead to the only camp, Mwaleshi. The walking safaris here are the best in the world. Walking is the main activity, though there are (somewhat limited) game drives and night drives on offer. If you want to get away from it all - this is where to go!
The camps and lodges in the Lower Zambezi are all located along the Zambezi River, with views on to the river and a backdrop of hills towards the stunning escarpment. Part of the stretch along the river is within the GMA (Game Management Area); this area is more accessible if one is driving and hence a little busier. The game is good here but it’s better to be actually inside the park. The further into the park you go the fewer vehicles there are and the wilder it gets.
There are five or so top camps here in the Lower Zambezi - like most in Zambia they are all owner-run and are hosted in a very homely and friendly manner. Just outside the park is Chongwe River Camp in the GMA; moving into the park there is the luxurious Sausage Tree and Potato Bush, then the more classic Chiawa and deeper inside the park its sister bush camp, the more rustic and remote Old Mondoro. The newest property is Anabezi, a luxurious option deep in a remote part of the park.
Kafue:Kafue is Africa's third largest National Park, and the Busanga Plains in the north of Kafue is one of the few areas comparable to the Serengeti for big cats. The main camps that we recommend are wonderfully small; Shumba has 6 tents, and Busanga only 4; this and the low numbers of visitors to the park guarantees you a truly exclusive and remote experience.
Where is Zambia?
Please see our map below for a detailed map of Zambia and it's surrounding countries.