Why visit Zambia
Zambia is home to the African walking safari, the majestic Victoria Falls and the wild Zambezi River. Blessed with a wealth of wildlife, raw wilderness, vast open spaces and seventeen magnificent waterfalls dotted across the country. The welcoming local people live in peace and harmony ranking Zambia as one of the safest countries to visit. Spectacular waterways cater for the adventure seeker or a leisurely playground of activities for all ages. The many National Parks offer countless opportunities for observing African plains game, including lions and leopards—and rivers teeming with crocodiles and hippos.
Where to go in Zambia
Livingstone is a historic colonial town and provincial headquarters of Zambia’s Southern Province. Livingstone is an adventure gateway conveniently situated near the mighty Zambezi River and the breathtaking Victoria Falls, offering various adrenalin sports, such as white river rafting and bungee jumping. History enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Livingstone Museum, housing a large collection of memorabilia donated by the Livinstone family.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is a small, protected area along the upper Zambezi River. The Falls section of the national park includes the rainforest opposite the Eastern Cataract, which is kept going by the waterfall’s spray. The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, white rhino, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. The white rhinos are accompanied by anti-poaching rangers round-the-clock. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park and the surrounding area. Extend your adventure tours and visit the Zambezi River and enjoy river cruises, sports fishing and kayaking.
The Victoria Falls roars like thunder as the water gushes over the edge creating a spray that resembles a mist of smoke, named Mosi-oa-Tunya which translates to “The Smoke that Thunders”. The mighty Victoria Falls is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. If you are looking for a taste of life on the edge, then taking a plunge in Devil’s Pool might be a to-do for your bucket-list. The river flow must be at a certain level, usually between September and December, allowing adventurous swimmers to splash around.
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks named after the Kafue River that runs through the park for over 250 km. The flora and fauna of Kafue is incredibly diverse with a variety of different game, plants, birds, trees and fish. There are also 20 different species of antelope in the park ranging from puku, bushbuck and impala, to sable, roan, sitatunga, blue duiker, reedbuck and oribi. There is also a lot of big game such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog to look out for with all the antelope on offer.
North and South Luangwa National Park
One of the greatest concentrations of animals anywhere in the world. Incredible birdlife and a host of virgin vegetation, minimal roads and well managed tourism make this a park worth visiting. Walking safaris within the park are well known and highly recommended. Luangwa National Park situated in the Luangwa river valley in Zambia, it is the most southern national park in the region and the most popular destination for visitors to the region. South Luangwa National Park provides unparalleled game viewing as it is a wildlife haven, supporting herds of buffalo, giraffe and the elusive leopard. The river that gives the valley its’ name and which runs through the park is a habitat for both hippopotamuses and crocodiles. It is well known for the fact that they offer safaris on foot, walking tours are a fantastic way to see experience the wildlife and the natural habitat that they live in.
Africa’s largest man made dam
Lake Kariba is Zambia’s undiscovered riviera, offering panoramic views, legendary sunsets, great fishing, boating opportunities, water sports and memorable holidays. The Lake Kariba when measured by water volume, the largest artificial lake and reservoir in the world. Fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds patrol the shorelines, as do occasional herds of elephants. Houseboat accommodation is a luxury alternative way of viewing the more scenic and surrounding areas from the water.
When to visit Zambia
Rainy season is long and stretches from Late October through until April. Although the season is long, the rains are generally very short and heavy and the skies clear up again. May through to August are generally the cooler months and although the landscape is then very dry and bare, it is very conducive to excellent game viewing and the mosquitoes and tsetse flies are considerably less active. The Zambezi is at its fullest in April and May and the river rafting may be closed over this time as the river is too swollen and dangerous. The falls are at their most spectacular at this time too, although the spray may be so dense that the bottom of the gorge cannot be seen. Although less water in the falls over the drier months, the view is no less spectacular and offers other attractions like walking across the top of the falls to Livingstone Island and swimming in the Devils pool at the top of the falls.
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