Blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge bodies of water and vast open spaces, Zambia offers an unforgettable holiday exploring the real Africa. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's welcoming people live in peace and harmony.
Here in the warm heart of Africa the country boasts some of the continent’s best wildlife parks and shares some of the region’s major highlights: Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, Lake Kariba as well as Kafue National Park & the Busanga Plains.
With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of Africa undiscovered. Combine an adventure to Victoria Falls with a few days in the Busanga Plains, enjoying tiger and fly fishing or just viewing the abundant wildlife and over 400 species of birds.
One can also go on a walking safari with an armed guard – an excellent way to see both the larger and smaller animals at a relaxed pace. It is possible to track the Rhino and watch them from a safe distance. Just across the border lie numerous other National Parks in Botswana and Zimbabwe, making Mosi-oa-Tunya a great starting point for a multi-country Safari into Big-Five territory.
- Zambia offers travelers a glimpse into the real undiscovered Africa and is regarded by many as one of the last true wildernesses and this continent's best kept secret.
- Zambia has fewer visitors which equates to a less habituated wildlife.
- Zambia offers excellent opportunity to do walking safaris.
- Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration occurs here.
- Home to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall.
- Zambia is one of the safest destinations in Africa.
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SNEAK PEEK - ZAMBIA
Area : Zambia, in Southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe are the famed Victoria Falls, plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint.
Population : 13 million
Language : English (official); major vernaculars include Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about 70 other indigenous languages.
Capital : Lusaka
Currency : Zambian kwacha (ZMW)
Climate : The general height of the land gives Zambia a more pleasant climate than experienced in most tropical countries. There are three seasons – cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet from December to April. Only in the Valleys of the Zambezi and Luangwa is there excessive heat, particularly in October and, in the wet season, high humidity. In the warm wet season, frequent heavy showers and thunderstorms occur, followed by spells of bright sunshine.
When to Travel : The best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. During the wet season, from November to April, dirt roads in the parks can become impassable and most parks and camps close down.
Victoria Falls : The best time to view the magnificent Victoria Falls is between July and September, when the Zambezi River is almost bursting its banks. In November and December, the falls are almost dry and look like a canyon. Heavy rainfall fills the Zambezi between January and May, and it’s difficult to see the falls through a wall of mist created by falling water. Bird watchers should head to Zambia from November - March.
HOW TO GET THERE
Zambia's International Airports : Lusaka International Airport (LUN) is Zambia's main airport. There's a smaller airport in Livingstone (LVI) which is used for regional flights.
Getting to Zambia : Most international visitors will fly into Lusaka on British Air, Air France, South African Airways, Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airways. Livingstone Airport is served by charter flights and a few scheduled flights (mostly from South Africa and Botswana).
POINTS OF INTEREST
Victoria Falls : - known by the local people as Mosi-oa-tunya - "The smoke that thunders". The Falls, discovered by David Livingstone in 1885 and named after his Queen, are the result of the mighty Zambezi River tumbling to a depth of 300 feet over a basalt fault line a mile wide. They are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
Devils Pool : For a few weeks in November, the water level is so low that visitors can swim in the “Devil’s Pool.” It’s an experience of a lifetime and highly recommended if you visit at that time. The pool lies at the edge of the falls with a 105-meter (350 foot) drop on the other side. Although it looks terrifying, the Devil’s Pool offers brave souls the sensation of swimming in a whirlpool bathtub.
South Luangwa National Park : is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game along the Luangwa River and its associated ox-bow lagoons is amongst the most intense anywhere in Africa. It is truly an unspoiled wilderness.
Lower Zambezi National Park : – rich in wildlife, with large herds of buffalo and great elephant viewing. Lions are numerous and leopard sightings pretty common. One of the most exciting aspect of game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is the variety of river activities on offer.
Lake Kariba : - the world’s largest artificial lake, located in Southern Province on the Zimbabwean border.
Liuwa Plains National Park : - the most isolated and least visited of all national parks in Zambia. It’s worth a trip in November at the end of the dry season to see the world’s second largest wildebeest migration, when the herds turn south and head to Namibia.
Kafue National Park : • - Zambia’s oldest and largest national park which is still relatively undeveloped and always gives a feeling of true wilderness.
Kasanka Bat Migration : - Each October, the world’s largest migration of giant fruit bats happens at Kasanka National Park in Northern Province when approximately eight million fruit bats swarm harmlessly above you in a beautifully orchestrated dance.