Zambia is a wonderful safari destination - home to the 'walking safari' with fantastic wildlife, brilliant birding, award winning guiding and intimate bushcamps and lodges. Zambia is a top choice for safaris safari enthusiasts due to both the density and diversity of wildlife viewing and habitats in its National Parks - of which there are 19.
Located in Southern Africa, Zambia neighbours the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.
The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country.
Zambia is perfect for a family safari with private safari houses dotted around the National Parks - often complete with a swimming pool, exclusive staff and private vehcile and guide for the family.
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
The South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven.
The Luangwa River sustains the park and there are high densities of game along its banks -large populations of Thornicroft's Giraffe, herds of elephant and buffalo often several hundred strong, while the Luangwa River is home to abundant crocodiles and hippos.
NORTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
This is the northernmost of the three parks in the Luangwa Valley. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 4,636 km² - one of the best 'wilderness' experiences to be found in Africa.
The park's eastern boundary is the Luangwa River, while it rises to cover a stretch of the Muchinga Escarpment to the west. The Mwaleshi River flows east-west through the centre of the park, the area to its south being a strict wilderness zone.
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
The Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia covering an area of about 22,400 km² and is the second largest park in Africa. It is home to over 55 different species of animals.
The park is named for the Kafue River and most of the park lies in the Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands ecoregion - characterised by savanna grasslands with Miombo tree species and small dambos (grasslands which become marshy in the rainy season) interspersed among them. In the south there are stony hills and rocky outcrops.
The jewel in Kafue's crown is the Zambezian flooded grasslands ecoregion in the north, including the papyrus dominated Busanga Swamp and floodplains of Busanga Plains. These support large herds of herbivores - puku, lechwe, buffalo, wildebeest, roan, oribi and Lichtenstein's hartebeest.
Predators include a high density of lion, cheetah and wild dog. In the dry season the animals keep close to the swamps and marshy creeks and are easily seen. Leopard can be seen around the Lufupa River. The area is also noted for its birdlife where it is possible to see Ross's Turaco and Locust Finch.
LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia and remains one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa.
On the opposite bank is Zimbabwe's Mana Pools national Park. The two parks sit on the Zambezi flood plain ringed by mountains and the area is a world heritage site.
The park gently slopes from the Zambezi Escarpment down to the river and is ringed by a much larger, unfenced game management area allowing both animals and people to roam across the whole area.
One of the primary attractions of the Lower Zambezi park is its remote and wild location. Large mammals congregate on the floodplain and along the river -including buffalo, huge herds of elephant, lion, leopard and many antelope - waterbuck, kudu and the occasional roan and elland.
Zebra, impala, warthog, crocodiles and hippos are also abundant.
Bird watchers will enjoy the colorful array of birds - with over 73 species of water birds. Over 350 species have been recorded including fish eagles, darters, cormorants, egrets, storks, many varieties of kingfishers: giant, pied, woodland, malachite and brown hooded, lovebirds, parrots and hornbills. You might see African skimmers, spoonbills and ospreys too.
Victoria Falls (Livingstone) is a wonderful place to recuperate for a couple of days either after a long flight or after your safari. Relax or be active – activities include tours of Victoria Falls, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, sundowner cruises, fishing and guided nature walks, depending on which lodge you stay at.
For the ultimate adventure take a microlight or helicopter flight over Victoria Falls – an experience of a lifetime. Or try bungee jumping, rafting, abseiling, canoeing, horse riding or an elephant back safari.
Tracks Safaris have travelled extensively within Zambia and visited all the main regions and lodges, plus a few of the more remote areas such as the North Luangwa National Park. We would be delighted to help you plan your safari to Zambia using this expertise and to your exact specifications - call us on 01386 830264 or email [email protected] to start planning you Zambian adventure!