Zambia

 

“Leave only footprints, take only photographs”

Zambia

 

Once the preserve of the great game hunters, Zambia is now at the forefront of ecotourism thanks in large part to the foresight of conservationists such as the late Norman Carr who pioneered walking and photographic safaris here and his protégé Robin Pope.

This huge country is still sparsely populated and poor, despite the mineral wealth it undoubtedly possesses in the Copper Belt. The landscape is much as it was when David Livingstone was here a hundred and fifty years ago.

A landlocked country, the main attractions for travellers are the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the wonderful game viewing available in the National Parks.

 

Safari

The Luangwa River meanders through the east of the country before flowing into the mighty Zambezi, and here can be found two of the country’s most abundant game reserves, the South Luangwa and the wild and rarely visited North Luangwa National Parks.

Early in the year, when the bush is emerald green you can enjoy a river safari on the swollen floodwaters of the Luangwa and get a bird’s eye view of the lagoons from the seat of a microlight.

From small, private camps with sweeping views of the Luangwa River, you can explore the wide river valley on foot, escorted by knowledgeable guides and armed rangers, or in open safari vehicles on day and night game drives.

This is one of the best places in Africa to see the reclusive leopard, and there are large herds of water buffalo and pods of hippo wallowing in the river and oxbow lagoons.

Longer specialist walking safaris here are some of the very best in Africa.

It is only a short flight to the North Luangwa, and the handful of tiny bush camps that operate in this untracked wilderness where all the game viewing is on foot. This is wild and remote Africa at its best.

Fly-in safaris are the best way to enjoy a safari in Zambia because of the distance between game destinations and the poor quality of the roads.

The Lower Zambezi National Park, bordered on one side by the mile-wide Zambezi River and on the other by a towering escarpment, has extraordinary bird life and provides excellent game viewing of huge herds of elephant and rare species such as wild dog.

You stay in stylish camps where there are many activities available to you from kayaking to tiger fishing.

Kafue is Africa’s largest National Park, and a wonderful and unspoilt wilderness area, boasting herds of rare antelopes and elephants, yet rarely visited.

Camps are totally remote yet comfortable, and you can choose from a range of activities including canoeing or boating on the Lunga River, bush walks and game drives.

We can arrange specialist seasonal safaris to other destinations in Zambia such as the Bangweulu Swamps and Shiwa Ng’andu, the ‘Africa House’.

Recreation

A stop-off at the incomparable Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is possibly the best way to end a safari in Zambia.

There are lodges and camps to suit all tastes, and a mind boggling range of activities from white water rafting to bungee jumping, and for those who want to relax and unwind some luxurious hideaways….

Alternatively, the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi are only a short flight way, with white sand and spoiling beach lodges.

 

Images courtesy: Chongwe River Camp, Tongabezi, Tena Tena