From castles, to thrilling waterfalls, here are some of the many reasons to visit Zambia.
The South Luangwa is Zambia’s best known park for very good reason; the concentration of game around the Luangwa River is amongst the densest in Africa. You probably – and sadly – wont find rhino here but apart from that notable exception, there is more than enough big game to fill up many a camera memory card. Game drives in this area are known for its high density of leopard, lion, rumbling herds of elephant gathered at oxbow lake, and endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe and Crawshay’s Zebra.
Lower Zambezi River
The lower zambezi is an incredibly beautiful reserve stretching out along the shimmering waters of the wide, blue Zambezi River. Don’t think of a canoe safari as hard work; you drift more than you paddle, floating past the twitching ears and snorts of submerged hippos and knobbly Nile crocodiles basking on the riverbanks. Its both peaceful and undeniably thrilling!
Nothing prepares you for your first sight of the Zambezi River in full flood thundering over the drop – 500 million litres of water per minute crashing into a deep rocky gorge, throwing a cloud of mist and rainbow-lit spray high into the air. The Main Falls lie within Zimbabwe, but the Zambian side is equally impressive during peak flow months (February to May). An impressive viewing point is the Knife-Edge bridge which takes you right up close to this thundering waterfall – be prepared to get soaked!
Kafue National Park
Stretching for 8,649 square miles, Kafue National Park is larger than Wales, and even richer in flora and fauna. Lions and Leopards prowl the forests in search of the various antelope, zebra, and wildebeest, while hippos, crocodiles and elephants are often seen by the river banks.