Genuinely wild national parks, prolific game, outstanding natural beauty and some of the best wildlife walking safaris in Africa, make Zambia a great destination for serious safari enthusiasts. With 19 national parks, this immense wilderness of grassy plains, vast wetlands, wide rivers, thundering waterfalls and lush forests supports over 750 bird species and abundant, diverse wildlife. An enlightened policy of non-intrusive, low environmental impact game viewing has preserved the area and its wildlife.
Zambia holiday locations
The Lower Zambezi National Park is an area of exceptional beauty on a tranquil part of the river, beyond the Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba. Here there are both luxury lodges and camps that are more reminiscent of old style bush camps. The game is excellent and can be viewed on foot, by vehicle or by boat.
By contrast, Kafue is Zambia’s less visited option. It's Zambia’s largest national park, with a mix of different habitats that attract many species of plains game and the predators that hunt them, but is only open from July through to November.
Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park in the east of the country is a place of rugged beauty known for the sheer volume of game and for being among the best places to spot leopard. It is also recognised for its exceptional guides and as the birthplace of the walking safari.
The Victoria Falls is however indisputably Zambia’s best-known tourist attraction and most Zambia holidays will include a few nights here. The Victoria Falls are fullest between April and July, and can be viewed from both Zambia and the Zimbabwe side. Each has its advantages. The Mosi-O-Tunya National Park is on the Upper Zambezi, and stretches for about 12 kms from and including the Victoria Falls.
Although Zambia itself is landlocked, a short flight to the east will bring you to the shores of Lake Malawi, a massive inland tidal lake with some pretty beaches.
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