Why Zambia? The ultimate walking safari, wildlife and photography destination. Conservation and responsible tourism will lead the way for a future of the “green” African Safari. Making Zambia one of the most sort after destinations to explore on foot.
~ 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.
~ 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
Zambia is an intriguing destination to visit in green and dry season as both offer totally varied experiences. If you are a lover of birdlife and photography then green season is definitely for you.
January to March
Green season has begun and birdlife is at its best. The Luangwa River is in full flow making some areas only accessible by boat. Walking is spectacular and baboons tease angry elephants with fruit below. Migratory birds have arrived and the Zambezi River is in flood bringing a spectacular spray of mist over Victoria Falls.
April to October
The green season is starting to fade and river levels are slowly dropping. Camps that were closed are starting reopen and June brings clear days. By August and September the temperatures have started to rise with wildlife congregating around more permanent water sources.
November and December
The cycle of green season is gradually on it's way with spectacular afternoon thunderstorms forming. The weather is hot and with humid days. The annual bat migration of November has begun filling the sky above with over a million bats. Vegetation is changing from its dry sparse appearance to a lush shade of green.
Rustic luxury, wildlife safaris and walking adventures are key in selecting Zambia's more interesting areas and national parks.
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.
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.