Zambia is in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areal world wonder and where wildlife looms in large amounts across a varied and vast landscape with spectacular natural wonders.
This country allows you to explore a remote, mesmerising wilderness as full of an astonishing diversity of wildlife. Adventures undertaken here will lead you down three great rivers (the Kafue, the Luangwa, and the Zambezi), you can canoe down a wide, placid river and raft through the raging rapids near world-famous Victoria Falls.
Most river and lakes are stocked with plenty of fish along with hippopotamus and crocodiles so beware. Boat and outboard motor are the best way to experience, On the other hand, canoes and paddlers can be hired.
Though landlocked bush where animals, both predators, and prey, wander through open lands with unfenced camps, where night-time with fresh food and around the fire and the human footprint is nowhere to be seen.
Zambia is a logistical challenge, because of its sheer size, dilapidated road network, and upmarket facilities. For those who do venture here, the relative lack of crowds means an even more satisfying journey. But a place not to be forgotten when planning a trip around Africa...
(Images below from a recent fishing trip with Billy Norris)
Top experiences in Zambia
1. Go tiger fishing - Not only does the Lower Zambezi National Park offer outstanding game viewing, amongst its plethora of activities (including walking, boating, and canoeing) it is also one of the best spots in the world for freshwater fishing. As well as the famous tigers, there is also Chessa, Nkupe, Bream, Vundu, and Barbel on offer.
2. South Luangwa National Park - is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. Impalas, pukus, waterbucks, giraffes, and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains; leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands; herds of elephants wade through the marshes, and hippos munch serenely on Nile cabbage in the Luangwa River. The bird life is also tremendous: about 400 species have been recorded.
3. Zambezi river - The Zambezi also supports several hundred species of fish, some of which are endemic to the river. Important species include cichlids which are fished heavily for food, as well as catfish, tigerfish, yellowfish and other large species. The bull shark is sometimes known as the Zambezi shark after the river but is found around the world. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, the longest east-flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. For about 500 kilometers it serves as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe thundering over the Victoria Falls and through the narrow, steadily deepening Batoka Gorge, providing a fantastic playground for white-water rafting, kayaking, river boarding, and jet boating.
4. Victoria falls - A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, also known as the smoke that thunders, is a must-see for any visitor to Zambia. The perfect way to relax pre or post safari, there are romantic lodges strung out along the Zambezi and plenty of activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping bungee jumping and micro flights over the falls to relaxed river cruises. Located at the top of Victoria Falls on Livingstone Island, Devil’s Pool offers visitors a chance to swim to the edge.
5. Go on a Tsika Island canoe safari- Trips range from two to five days, a Tsika Island canoe safari is a unique experience in the Lower Zambezi combining a canoe safari with the opportunity for authentic cultural engagement. Paddle your way upstream from Chongwe River Camp for 35km to Tsika Island Bush Camp, and get back to basics and in touch with the spectacular surroundings.
6. Lake Tanganyika - Spreading over a massive 34,000 sq km, and reaching almost 1500m deep, cavernous Lake Tanganyika is the second-deepest lake in the world and contains about 15% of the earth's fresh water. Believed to be up to 15 million years old and lying in the Great Rift Valley, the shores of the lake reach Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. The climate here is always very hot, especially at the end of the dry season.
7. Liuwa Plain National Park - About 100km northwest of Mongu near the Angolan border, Liuwa Plain National Park is 3600 sq km of true wilderness. The remote park is characterised by expanses of flat, grassy flood plains, and most famous for the second-largest wildebeest migration in Africa in the wet season when wall-to-wall herds gather at the beginning of November. Liuwa is also notable for having one of the highest population densities of hyena in the world and a stunning variety of birdlife.
8. Shiwa Ng'andu - Deep in the northern Zambian wilderness sits Shiwa Ng’andu, a grand country estate and labor of love of eccentric British aristocrat Sir Stewart Gore-Brown. The estate’s crowning glory is Shiwa Ng’andu manor house, which is a magnificent English-style mansion. Driving up to the house through farm buildings, settlements and workers’ houses it almost feels like an old feudal domain: there’s a whole community built around it, including a school and a hospital, and many of the people now working at Shiwa Ng’andu are the children and grandchildren of Sir Stewart’s original staff. Today Gore-Brown’s grandchildren live on and manage the estate, which is a working farm.
9. Take to the sky with a balloon safari over Busanga Plains
Floating above Busanga Plains in a hot air balloon is the perfect way to take in the vast Kafue National Park – an area the size of Wales with a particularly impressive population of tree-climbing lions. You only have a short window in which to experience this as the balloon safari is only offered between August and October, but as this is the hight of the dry season, game viewing is truly exceptional at this time of year too. If you can time your trip to Zambia to fit with this, it is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
10.Kafue National Park - this is the largest park in Zambia and one of the biggest in the world. With terrain ranging from the lush riverine forest of the Kafue River to the vast grassland of the Busanga Plains, the park rewards wildlife enthusiasts with glimpses of various carnivores and their nimble prey. This is the only major park in Zambia that’s easily accessible by public transport, with a handful of camps just off the highway.
Come and join us for a trip to Zambia as one of our new destinations for 2019 - we can plan the whole experiance, all you need to do is turn up and have the holiday of a lifetime!
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