Zambia is a remote and undiscovered wilderness. It hasn’t had the same heavy marketing as neighbouring countries and, as a result, the human footprint is harder to find. But you’ll find the hoof and pawprint of its wildlife everywhere.
South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s premier place to safari. It has a high density of lion and wild dog, and is one of the best places in Africa to see leopard. Then there’s Zambezi National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi River. This remarkably beautiful and remote area, framed by mountains and ringed by mahogany forests, is known for its sightings of leopard, buffalo and elephant.
Despite being landlocked, water is one of Zambia’s biggest features: Victoria Falls, The Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa Rivers are all waiting to be explored. You can picnic on Livingstone Island, in the middle of the Zambezi River. You can swim in Devils Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls. And there are some lovely cruise and canoe safaris to try – a much gentler way to see the wildlife than the bumps and swerves of a game drive.
Combine a safari in with a beach break by Lake Malawi for the perfect combination of safari and sunbathing.
When to go
The rains in Zambia come mostly in December, January, February and March and many of the camps close. It’s best to avoid visiting during these months.