Zambia

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Tourism through conservation supporting local wildlife and communities.
Conserving Africa’s wildlife and a green safari are the way of the future.
Explore on safari some of Africa’s most remote wildlife destinations.
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Why visit Zambia? One of the ultimate walking safari, wildlife and photographic destinations in Africa. 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. Wildlife sanctuaries, remote unspoilt wilderness and walking safaris are the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of Zambia. Its reputation for abundant wildlife, birdlife and endemic species is superb, the landscape and lush vegetation makes 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

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 a great time for you. 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 bring.

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 to avoid the midday heat. Temperatures can reach the mid 40’s in both the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys.

January to March the lush green season has officially begun and birdlife are at their 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 also in flood bringing a spectacular spray of mist over Victoria Falls. April to October the green season is starting to fade away and river levels are slowly dropping. Camps that were closed during the green season are starting reopen. With June bringing cool, sunny and clear days. By August and September the temperatures have started to rise and the vegetation starting to dwindle. Wildlife are congregating around more permanent water sources. November and December the cycle of green season is gradually on its way again with spectacular afternoon thunderstorms looming. Days are hot and and humid. The annual bat migration during 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.

Region Focus

Rustic luxury, wildlife safaris and walking adventures are key in selecting Zambia’s more interesting areas and national parks. Endemic wildlife, walking viewing and sharing one of the “Seven Natural Wonders” of the world, Victoria Falls, are what makes each destination 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 noisily in the distance before lowering themselves into the river to safety.

Or if you would like to see one of Zambia’s oldest parks then Liuwa Plains is a must on any bucket list.

Only one road in….North Luangwa.

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

Back to nature on foot…South Luangwa.

Walking in South Luangwa is the most exhilarating wildlife experience you can possibly imagine. Seeing herds of Elephant, Impala, Puku and the endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest a short distance away is amazing. Baboons tease a herd of elephants below with the temptation and promise of succulent fruit. The elephants push against the trees to unbalance the unruly and mischievous baboons. Giraffe elegantly move towards a less noisey area as they watch the agitated elephants in fascination.

Floodplains and wetlands….Kafue National Park.

Varied habitats and seasonal floodplains, the area from December to June is generally unaccessible.

For the camps that are still open you will definitely need to have your wet weather gear. 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….Lower Zambezi.

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 river in dry season.

History and the last lady lioness….Liuwa Plains.

Aptly know for being one of Africa’s oldest national Parks and the last lioness Lady Liuwa. The sole remaining survivor after all lions in the park were poached. Today with only one camp in the area King Lewanika highlights getting away from it all. The wildlife and diversity of Liuwa will have you in awe. African Parks with their conservation efforts have reintroduced a number of species over the past few years. Implementing a number of community projects to help provide local people with alternative income. Cheetah and hyena populations are now on the road to recovery and the park is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa.

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