Safari reserves & places to visit in Zambia
Kafue National Park
As Zambia’s largest national park, Kafue offers game viewing across varied habitats where you are unlikely to be interrupted by other visitors. The Busanga Plains dominate the north and attract large game including cheetah, while the woodlands in the south are home to leopard aplenty.
Liuwa Plain National Park
Originally run privately for the King of Barotseland, Liuwa supports large herds of plains game on open grasslands, followed by numerous predators. This is one of Zambia’s most isolated and challenging parks to reach, but it provides a unique sense of wilderness that makes a trip well worthwhile.
Livingstone & Victoria Falls
First described by the legendary David Livingstone, the Victoria Falls offer some of the best landscape views in Zambia. Livingstone, named after the explorer, provides a good base from which to see the falls, organise adventurous activities, or relax in luxury accommodation.
Lochinvar National Park
A ‘Wetland of International Importance’ cared for by the WWF, Lochinvar National Park is a fantastic spot for any traveller with a keen interest in birds. Species composition varies throughout the year, being dominated by wading birds in the wet season and raptors during the dry.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Beside the magnificent Zambezi River, this park boasts excellent big game viewing and rich birdlife, thanks to the reliable water sources. The small, often owner-run, safari camps offer driven and walking safaris, and also boat trips allowing a different perspective on the park.
Lusaka is Zambia’s capital city and is typically used as the entry/exit point for international flights, or a hub for internal flights. Although there are few major attractions, comfortable hotels and reliable restaurants make it a pleasant stopover.
North Luangwa National Park
North Luangwa contains a few small bush camps which only offer walking safaris. The lack of infrastructure for vehicles gives the park a much wilder feeling than South Luangwa. The walking safaris also present the opportunity to have a much more intimate experience with African wildlife.
Although rarely visited, the northern areas of Zambia provide stunning scenery and unique experiences. For history and culture stay in Shiawa Ng’andu Manor House. Kasanka National Park is famed for its annual bat migration, whilst the Bangweulu Wetlands are home to birdlife that can’t be found elsewhere in Zambia.
South Luangwa National Park
As Zambia’s top park, South Luangwa boasts plentiful game and excellent birding. Walking safaris introduce you to the smaller components of the ecosystem, and night drives make this a top spot for leopard. The camps in the park are as varied as the habitat, and cater to most costs.