Zambia is one of the ultimate safari destinations, away from the tourist crowds and sharing the breath-taking Victoria Falls with the neighbouring Zimbabwe. It features a large network of national parks, less visited than those in Botswana, Tanzania or Kenya, and many considerably wilder too. Permanent water sources like the Zambezi and the Luangwa River are animal magnets and a paradise for birders.
Zambia’s wildlife is outstanding in variety and numbers and well-known for its big cat population, wild dogs in growing numbers, and some of the biggest elephants we have ever seen. On top of that you can find some rare and unique species like the Thornicroft's giraffe in South Luangwa National Park and the Shoebill stork in the Bangweulu Wetlands. Zambia also hosts the world's largest bat migration in Kasanga National Park, for those who are after a wildlife adventure of a different kind.
Walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia and are highly recommended, either as a combination with your standard 4x4 safari or as your main safari experience. Another attraction is that night drives are allowed in all parks, providing a great opportunity to spot nocturnal species. River safaris are possible too and best on the Zambezi, but also possible on the Kafue River and in season on the Luangwa River. Accommodation is predominantly in small safari lodges and tented camps, which offer an authentic and personal bush experience.
Livingstone accommodation is mainly along the river, and mid-range to high-end, with an excellent selection of activities to choose from, some of which are included; canoeing upstream of the falls, sundowner river cruises, steam train dinners, walking safari in Mosi-y-Tunya national park. For a bit of adrenaline, you can add Helicopter or microlight flights over the falls and down the gorge, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and gorge swings, or a dip in Devil's Pool at the top of the falls in the dry season.
The main ports of entry are Lusaka and Livingstone international airport, from where you will be transferred by road or light aircraft to the individual destinations.