~ Wildlife sanctuaries, remote unspoilt wilderness and walking safaris are the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of Zambia.

~ It's reputation for abundant wildlife, birdlife and endemic species is superb, landscape and lush vegetation make you wonder how hard it was for our early explorers.

~ Intimate bush camps provide the perfect luxury adventure that will have you feeling up close and personal with nature.

~ Over 72 dialects are spoken throughout Zambia with English being the country's official language. The Zambian Kwacha is the main currency though American dollars are still widely used at major hotels.

~ Local cuisine offers a choice of "nshima" maize flour made into a potato mash like consistency, accompanied with vegetables in a peanut sauce.

~ Culture, history and wildlife will change your perspective forever.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The seasons in Zambia generally fall into three seasons predominantly green, dry and transition seasons. Majority of the country is situated on a vast plateau bringing moderate to mild temperate days. The river valleys are hot and humid towards the end of dry season building up in anticipation for the summer rains. Green season brings a changing vegetation from the months of November through to end of April. Rivers swell and photography opportunities are endless, birding is spectacular with breeding season in full plumage. Impala and Puku tend to their young enjoying the plentiful food that the rains have brought.
Transitions months May to August are cool and water levels are starting to recede. The small water pools are drying up and animals are in search of more permanent sources. The peak dry season months August to mid November offer a feeling of desolate wilderness. Wildlife concentrate around waterholes as they compete for every drop. The Luangwa River is now only a trickle in some areas and lion prey easily on unsuspecting wildlife. If you are walking between camps it is best done early morning avoiding the midday heat. Temperatures reach the mid 40's in the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys.

REGION FOCUS

National Parks, endemic wildlife, walking safari's and sharing one of the "Seven Natural Wonders" of the world, Victoria Falls, are what makes each place in Zambia unique. The varying seasons highlight a very different experience to the one that you would have previously had before. The remote park of North Luangwa is even more perfect for a walking adventure or the Lower Zambezi for a serene canoe safari on the less thundering part of the Zambezi River.
Kafue National Park that centres Zambia is an untamed wilderness with the focus of the 'real Africa' in mind. The winding rivers of the Luangwa, Kafue and Zambezi meander their way through the country. If you are after endemic or rare wildlife then you may even come across the black lechwe found in the floodplains of Bangwelu. Hippos grunt noisely in the distance before lowering themselves into the river to safety.

Only one road in….

Remote, unspoilt wilderness, harsh landscapes and wildlife adventure are what makes North and South Luangwa special. With only one road into the North Luangwa exploring is done on foot. Conservation to preserve the black rhino is currently underway with grassy plains, Mopani woodlands, Sausage trees a highlighting feature. The Mwaleshi River feeds into the main Luangwa River flowing down into it’s sister park, South Luangwa.

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Back to nature….

Walking in South Luangwa is the most exhilarating wildlife experience that you can possibly imagine. Seeing herds of Elephant, Impala, Puku and the endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest a short distance away is amazing. Baboons tease elephants below with the temptation and promise of fruit which makes the herd unhappy as they trumpet away. Giraffe elegantly move towards a less noisey area as they watch the agitated elephants in fascination.

Floodplains and wetlands….

Varied habitats and seasonal floodplains, the area from December to June is generally unaccessible and for the camps that are still open you will definitely need your wet weather gear. The Busanga Plains in dry season are abundant with lion, plains game and the very rare roan antelope. Kafue plays a big part in protecting the endangered wild dog populations that are constantly under threat. You will be in for a treat from June to October to see climbing lions in a nearby fig tree.

A canoe, hippos and how fast can you paddle….

The Lower Zambezi is colourful with wildlife and adventure, with a walking or canoe safari you can explore this unique and diverse area. Located directly opposite from its Zimbabwe counterpart Mana Pools it has a mountainous escarpment providing a beautiful backdrop for any African sunset. As warthog dart off in the distance, playful bull elephants tussle for male dominance. Lion, hyena, buffalo and leopard are also seen with elephant crossing the Zambezi in dry season.

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