Explore remote and mesmerizing wilderness and gaze upon astonishing landscapes and plentiful wildlife. Venture deep into the bush into camps where night time is filled with camp fires and the sounds of the animals around you – the lion’s roar, the hippos grunting, chirping insects, or laughing hyenas. Raft through rapids, or cruise down a river to see elephants, hippos, and crocs bathing in the sun. See the sun set over the Zambezi while enjoying a drink. See the thundering Victoria Falls as the Zambezi drops over 100 m, have lunch at the Elephant Café, and go on walking or driving safaris in South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks to see Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. A stunning backdrop of savannah and meandering waterways.
There’s much to see and do, but these are a few of the highlights:
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambezi River
What to see
A spectacular site from both sides, Victoria Falls is over 100m and being over 2 km wide, it’s known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.
Huge plumes of spray can be seen from kilometers away! The falls transform the wide and calm Zambezi River into a torrent within dramatic gorges. Walk across the Knife-Edge bridge to view the main falls and the eastern cataract. Hike down to the Boiling Pot, or go for a white water raft or a bungee jump off the bridge! At only 10 minutes from downtown Livingstone, it makes for an excellent half day trip. The Falls are also accessible by a refurbished steam train that has retained all of its original charm. Enjoy dinner and drinks, and then step out on the bridge to admire the view of the Falls.
Forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and located just next to Victoria Falls and along the Zambezi is Livingstone.
Named after David Livingstone, the city is the hub for the Falls, many delicious restaurants and types of accommodation, and nearby national parks and game reserves. A lovely spa is located near the Falls, with many options for river-side accommodation.
South Luangwa National Park
A stunning mingling of grassy plains, mature woodlands, the Muchinga Escarpment, and the impressive Luangwa River and fascinating.
Almost untouched by humans, abundant wildlife and pristine vegetation provide excellent safari opportunities and fascinating views throughout its 9050 km2. Founded in 1904, the park has a long history of conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Unpredictable and exhilarating safaris with excellent local guides. Zebra, lions, elephants, hippos, leopards and buffalo, 14 different species of antelope including bushbuck, kudu, impala, hartebeest, and puku, and over 400 species of birds! With a night sky untainted by city lights, the accommodation ranges from lodges to tented bush camps.
Kafue National Park
One of the biggest parks in Africa covering a massive 22,400 km2and established in the 1950s, Kafue is only a 3-hour drive from Livingstone.
Large tracts of its bush are still unexplored and untouched. Home to rare and elusive antelope like the blue and yellow-backed duiker occur in the thickets, sitatunga and lechwe in the swamps, roan, sable and hartebeest in the miombo woodlands. One of the best parks in Africa to find leopard, especially when on night drives, and the only park in Zambia that is home to cheetah, and also home to the rare African wild dog. What Kafue lacks in sheer numbers of wildlife, it makes up for in diversity. Accessible by well-graded roads, the dry season runs from June to October and the accommodation ranges from tented bush camps to high-end lodges that are open mid-March to mid-November.
Lower Zambezi National Park
As Zambia isn’t best known as a safari destination, this means its parks don’t feel overtaken by humans, remaining more pristine, and a true animal sanctuary.
With excellent and welcoming local guides, many areas within the park have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Lower Zambezi is best known for its big game, and without paved roads, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter another safari vehicle while in the bush. The accommodation is mostly river and island camps with excellent bush cuisine, the Milky Way shimmers above in an unspoiled dark sky. Best time to visit is July to October.
There’s so much to do along the river, that we had to put it in its own category!
Over 2700km, the Zambezi flows through 6 countries on its way to the Indian Ocean. Activities on the river include wave boarding and surfing, cruises – both daytime and evening – jet boating, white water rafting, kayaking/canoeing, and water safaris.
What to do
River cruise (dinner/sunset)
Local cuisine and crafts
River swim (conditions permitting)
White water rafting
Helicopter and plane adventure flights
Republic of Zambia
16,591,390 as of 2016
English, with many recognized regional languages including Chewa and Bemba
73 ethnic tribes, 98.2% Black Africans
1890 as North-Western Rhodesia/North-Eastern Rhodesia, 1911 as Northern Rhodesia, and Zambia with independence from the UK October 24, 1964
UN, South African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Decreasing interest rates and increasing trade and foreign investment. High level of foreign debt but policies and programs in place.
In 2010, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries. ATMs reliable but line ups can be long at month’s end for wages.
Many excellent paved roads, though some paved roads are in shockingly bad condition. Many dirt roads that can be difficult to navigate without a 4x4 vehicle. Some international and many domestic airports, buses, and train system.
Presidential representative democratic republic, noted campaigns to reduce corruption and increase standard of living