Zambia has been described as on of Africa's hidden gems and we agree. Home to exceptional African walking
safaris, impressive Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion
of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness—it's difficult to encapsulate all this friendly
country has to offer.
One this is certain, Zambia is acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, as it's
welcoming people live in peace and harmony. Some of our favorite destinations include:
Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya' - ‘the Smoke that Thunders'
and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water', Victoria Falls are a spectacular
sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of
spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at
the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly two kilometers into a deep gorge over 100 meters below.
The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a
ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without
reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it's ox bow lagoons is among the most intense
in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the park.
The now famous ‘walking safari' probably originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to
experience this pristine wilderness first hand. The changing seasons add to the Park's richness ranging
from dry, bare bushveld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60
different animal species and over 400 different bird species. The only notable exception is the rhino,
sadly poached to extinction.
Kafue is Zambia's oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is the second largest
national park in the world—roughly the size of Wales. Despite the depravations of poaching and lack of
management, the Park is still a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness with excellent game viewing,
birdwatching and fishing opportunities. The park sustains huge herds of a great diversity of wildlife,
from the thousands of red lechwe on the Plains, the ubiquitous puku, the stately sable and roan antelopes
in the woodland to the diminutive oribi and duiker. The solid-rumped defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe,
hartebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full menu of antelope.
This is Zambia's newest Park and as such is still relatively undeveloped, but its beauty lies in its absolute
wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get
close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous
Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary.
Most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which
acts as a physical barrier to most of the parks animal species. Enormous herds of elephant, some up to 100
strong, are often seen at the rivers edge. ‘Island hopping' buffalo and waterbuck are common. The park also
hosts good populations of lion and leopard and listen too for the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle.
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