The Heart of Africa
Zambia is situated mainly on a vast central plateau, and boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers – as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. It has some of the wildest safari areas in Africa. Most of the country has a mild, pleasant climate, while the river valleys are hotter and more humid; the extreme north becomes tropical on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Zambia’s ten large lakes. While Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just ten kilometres from the Falls, is more well known to adventurous travellers.
Home to a whopping 19 national parks, making this one of Africa’s best game-viewing destinations.
17 waterfalls, including Victoria Falls and its thrilling Devil’s Pool.
South Luangwa National Park, the so-called ‘birthplace of the walking safari’ and one of the continent’s most unspoilt safari spots
Kafue National Park, the country’s largest reserve, is a paradise for bird-watchers with over 400 species of birdlife recorded there.
Lower Zambezi National Park offers thrilling canoe safaris and sunset cruises.
Zambia offers impressive diversity as well as large concentrations and numbers of wildlife, and some of the wildest and most remote game areas in Africa. Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains are famous for lion prides while plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and buffalo can be seen. Cheetah and wild dog are present, and a treat is the resident herd of rare roan antelope. The Zambezi River is home to hippo, crocodile and elephant, as well as incredible birdlife. Mosi-oa-Tunya hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. Birdlife in Zambia is prolific, with over 750 bird species found here, including many specials; the north of the country is the southernmost extreme of the bizarre-looking African Shoebill’s range.
WHEN TO VISIT ZAMBIA
The seasons in Zambia are indistinct. Rains generally start in October or November and persist through to March or April. Within that period there may be long dry spells. In April, temperatures begin to fall and May is generally regarded as the first month of the dry, cool winter, characterised by clear sunny days and cold nights. Spring begins in August and temperatures rise rapidly during the hot, dry period of September, October and November until the rains again break.