Zambia is a land blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife. The country also enjoys the title of one of the World’s fastest economically reformed countries (World Bank, 2010) and is regarded as one of the safest destinations to visit. The multitude of attractions and activities make Zambia an ideal travel destination for everyone from seasoned safari goers and thrill seekers to honeymooners and families alike.
Despite the remoteness of a lot of areas in Zambia, getting to the country is a lot more straightforward than people think. The international airport in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, serves several major airlines including KLM, SAA and Emirates. Once there, smaller chartered planes or overland transfers take you to your destination with ease.
Zambia can be incredibly hot during the summer months, particularly during October, with temperatures known to climb as high as 100°F. It’s for this reason that we recommend travelling there in the cooler months of July and August. However, if a little bit of heat doesn’t scare you, game viewing is best during the hotter months as animals congregate at watering holes and the grass is a lot shorter (which greatly aids visibility).
A lot of camps in Zambia are seasonal (especially in the South Luangwa) which means that they’re taken down during the rainy season, and rebuilt at the start of each safari season, by skilled local craftsmen. This, coupled with the fact that the camps are pretty small, means that availability is something one must definitely take in to consideration. It’s advisable to book well in advance, so get those Zambian thinking caps on early…
During the rainy season, also known as the emerald season, the bush is really lush, thick and green which makes for amazing photographs. Seasonal flowers bloom and the entire landscape is transformed into an Eden for birds and animals. There are over 740 recorded species of bird in Zambia, with each vegetation habitat hosting it’s own distinctive set. A bird lovers treat!
Zambia is one of the best places to go on walking safari in the world. If you’ve been on safari before, and are seeking a more authentic, purist experience, then a walking safari is for you. Experience nature the way our ancestors did by walking in amongst it in the South Luangwa National Park. Experienced, trained guides escort you safely through the African bush whilst educating you on the unique fauna and flora as you go. This exhilarating experience is one that you won’t soon forget.
While the adrenaline is still pumping from your walking safari, why not take it up a notch with one of Zambia’s numerous thrill seeking activities. How about a bungee jump aside Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall? Alternatively, brave the rapids in an exhilarating white water raft down the Zambezi river. If you’d prefer to stay dry, Zambia is well known for it’s elephant back safaris which offer a unique take on the game viewing experience. The elephant is less invasive to other animals as a vehicle, so there’s an opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Speaking of elephants, the local herd at Mfuwe Lodge are known to wonder through the lodge and right up to reception en route to eat mangoes off a nearby tree in fruiting season. Where else in the world could you pass elephants peacefully munching on mangoes on your way to breakfast?
Besides the game rich Lower Zambezi National Park, there is also the Kafue, Zambia’s largest and most remote national park and the second biggest park in the world. Sought after sightings by safari buffs are the Tree Climbing Lions and Pel’s Fishing Owl. Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s oldest, deepest and longest lakes and boasts a plethora of tropical fish and water based activities. Whether you feel like snorkelling amongst the lake’s inhabitants, or relaxing on it’s sandy beaches, you’re sure to leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The Chimfunshi Chimp Sanctuary is home to over 100 orphan chimpanzees run by the well known Siddle family, who have received numerous awards and recognition for their brilliant work.
As you can see, Zambia truly does offer something for everyone. All that’s left to do now is to decide what you do first! Contact African Safari Consultants to arrange your trip to Zambia and take advantage of our Bushcamps Walking Safari special offer whereby you stay for 8 nights and only pay for 7.