A landlocked country in southern Africa, Zambia is endowed with rich forests, meandering rivers and a wealth of wildlife, as well as being home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls stretching along the border with neighbouring Zimbabwe. With its superb wildlife encounters, friendly people and spectacular scenery, as well as memorable highlights like walking safaris and night drives, Zambia really does offer a taste of the real Africa.
With vast tracts of remote wilderness and few tourists, a visit to Zambia offers genuine adventure. High quality guides will share their knowledge on game drives, night drives, walking and canoe safaris. A canoe safari on the Zambezi is not to be missed by the more adventurous and to really get under the skin of this lush land opt for a walking safari They were pioneered here so you're in the hands of the very best and most experienced walking guides - and there's no better feeling than coming within metres of big game on foot!
A world-renowned wildlife haven, South Luangwa National Park, in the eastern part of Zambia, is a fantastic option for walking safaris and is home to herds of elephants, buffalo, Thornicroft's giraffe and endemic species of zebra and wildebeest. It's a leopard hot spot with night game drives making the chance of seeing one good. Around the Luangwa River wildlife populations are among the highest in Africa with wallowing hippos, bathing elephants and plenty of crocodiles.
Off the beaten track, the little-visited Kafue National Park is enormous, with thriving herds on the plains including the majestic sable, stalked by lion, leopard and wild dog. Kasanka National Park sees the incredible spectacle of 10 million fruit bats migrating in Nov/Dec while in Liuwa Plains witness Africa's second largest wildebeest migrationa - a spectacle which offers visitors the chance to see uncountable numbers of animals on the move. Liuwa Plains iis located in one of the country's most remote areas so it's a great off-the-beaten-track choice for those wanting something a little less well-trodden. It's also an important home for more than 330 different species of birds, as well as famous predators such as the lion, wild dog and spotted hyena.
It's in the Lower Zambezi National Park where a canoe safari is a exhilarating option as well as boating and fishing, all within beautiful riverine surroundings - there's nothing quite like quietly paddling past a large elephant herd on ther river's edge. The town of Livingstone is the gateway to the magnificent Victoria Falls, offering adrenalin-packed activities such as white water rafting, bungy jumping and helicopter flights over the Falls to more genteel boat cruises and sundowners on the river.