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Zambia is well known for excellent guiding and top-class walking safaris.

...while some bushcamps in the South Luangwa exclusively offer walking safaris.

There's always plenty of time in between activities to relax with a drink...

...and watch the local wildlife!

From the smaller animals...

...to the biggest - there's a huge amount of game to be viewed in the different parks.

...you can find more luxurious lodges here as well...

...and every camp goes the extra mile to provide special touches to your safari.

Zambia

Zambia safari holidays

Zambia: seriously good safari holidays

For a safari with an ‘authentic’ feel of wild Africa, consider a Zambia safari holiday. Many Zambian areas are fairly ‘wild’, and many of its camps are still firmly in the ‘authentic’ bracket for us.

Zambia’s small safari bush camps are famous for warm hospitality and great walking safaris, and still some are owner-run. Not always luxurious, but tiny and remote they offer a comfortable safari holiday in an unspoilt wilderness. In all the main parks, Zambia has systems to enforce high standards of guiding amongst its safari guides – so you’ll find some of Africa’s best guides here to lead you on either a 4WD drives and walking safaris.

North and South Luangwa National Parks, in particular, are renowned for top-class walking safaris, whilst the Lower Zambezi offers great boat trips on Zambezi River.

On top of all this, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world – and now the venue for many activities, offering varying degrees of adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

See the safari holidays below, and then call out Zambian experts to design your own with our help.

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Boehm's Zebra Safari

7 days • 2 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

This safari combines two high-quality owner-run camps in a very productive region of the South Luangwa. The guiding is excellent and with its hides this safari is perfect for serious photographers.

US$7,120 - US$9,140 per person

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Civet Safari

9 days • 4 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Combining three intimate bushcamps in the quieter south of the South Luangwa, this safari will appeal to those looking for an interesting mix of walking and vehicle safari.

US$6,930 - US$8,790 per person

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Crawshay's Zebra Safari

10 days • 4 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

This superb safari combines two of Zambia’s best national parks, the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. The camps are small and high quality with excellent safari guides.

US$9,110 - US$13,350 per person

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Defassa Waterbuck Safari

9 days • 3 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Stay in three intimate, owner-run camps during this exploration of Kafue National Park. Remote locations, true wilderness and a range of activities make for a real adventure off the beaten track.

US$7,630 - US$8,260 per person

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Duiker Safari

10 days • 3 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Three luxurious bushcamps in stunning riverside locations, split between the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi national parks, offer a wide variety of expert-guided safari activities in stunning game-rich environments.

US$7,460 - US$9,540 per person

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Fruit Bat Safari

6 days • 2 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Offering a highly specialised experienced, this safari uses two simple bases for access to South Luangwa and Kasanka National Parks. Visit between October and December when you will witness the world’s largest mammalian migration of millions of fruit bats.

US$4,610 - US$5,270 per person

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Giraffe Safari

9 days • 3 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

A safari to the remotest parts of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. Perfect for experienced safari goers and first-time Africa adventurers. Explore with expert guides whilst staying at small bushcamps.

US$7,800 - US$9,240 per person

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Greater Bushbaby Safari

8 days • 2 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

The perfect safari for a family or group of friends during which to create everlasting memories. Visit Zambia’s two most productive wildlife parks staying in four-bedroom houses, designed in a unique and fun way.

US$8,700 - US$11,670 per person

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Hippo Safari

9 days • 4 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LIVINGSTONE AIRPORT

Combining excellent game with aspects of remoter safari in South Luangwa, as well as the cultural delights of Livingstone, this trip also makes use of long-stay discounts, making it an excellent-value and well-rounded adventure.

US$7,360 - US$9,110 per person

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Hyena Safari

11 days • 4 locations
LIVINGSTONE AIRPORT TO LILONGWE AIRPORT

Mix relaxation and adventure on a safari combining the South Luangwa with Victoria Falls and the beaches of Lake Malawi. These three locations are among the most iconic in southern Africa.

US$6,460 - US$9,720 per person

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Nile Monitor Safari

6 days • 2 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

Great-value South Luangwa safari to two sister camps: a classic safari camp for 4WD safaris by day and night and its simpler sibling: a remote, seasonal bushcamp for expert-guided walking safaris.

US$3,810 - US$4,440 per person

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Oribi Safari

10 days • 4 locations
LUSAKA AIRPORT TO LUSAKA AIRPORT

This is a great safari for those looking to immerse themselves in true wilderness, with few additional frills yet considerable authentic comfort. The standard of guiding is consistently impressive and the walking safaris throughout are a real highlight.

US$11,580 - US$12,510 per person

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Miss P from London

Arrived 6 Oct 2022, 17 nights

"My Oct 2022 trip"

"A wonderful trip including returns to old favourite camps and exciting newcomers …" Read Miss P’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs S from Oxon

Arrived 10 Nov 2022, 15 nights

"My Nov 2022 trip"

"Another excellent trip with Expert Africa …" Read Mr & Mrs S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs. E. from Zurich

Arrived 11 Nov 2022, 18 nights

"Malawi & Zambia in Nov 2022"

"We would choose Expert Africa any day as we consider them to be the best …" Read Mr & Mrs. E.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs R from Solihull

Arrived 5 Sep 2022, 15 nights

"My Sep 2022 trip"

"We were very happy with the level of service and professionalism shown. …" Read Mr & Mrs R’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs B from Witney

Arrived 22 Oct 2022, 21 nights

"South Luangwa 22 Oct to 12 Nov 2022"

"A return to Africa after a 3-year absence... it was so good to get back …" Read Mr & Mrs B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr D. from Bristol

Arrived 17 Oct 2022, 9 nights

"My Oct 2022 trip"

"Nothing could have been better. We knew how good Megan was from previous booking …" Read Mr D.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs C from Berwick

Arrived 17 Oct 2022, 21 nights

"Zambia two years late!"

"All arrangements went smoothly... overall we had a terrific time... …" Read Mr & Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs S from UK

Arrived 16 Sep 2022, 20 nights

"My Sep 2022 trip"

"Zambia was absolutely amazing... Lucy did the most incredible job …" Read Mr & Mrs S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs M from E Sussex

Arrived 23 Sep 2022, 9 nights

"My Sep 2022 trip"

"Very much enjoyed Zambia... Could not fault Expert Africa …" Read Mr & Mrs M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Ms S. from from Westport,

Arrived 4 Oct 2022, 9 nights

"My Oct 2022 trip"

"The trip was brilliant... Lucy was really helpful …" Read Ms S. from ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Zambia

This is their success in sighting key species on our safaris in Zambia. Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

81% SUCCESS

2,302 sightings from 2,851 observations

Where to see lion in Zambia

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

46% SUCCESS

1,475 sightings from 3,188 observations

Where to see leopard in Zambia

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

32% SUCCESS

678 sightings from 2,129 observations

Where to see wild dog in Zambia

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

30% SUCCESS

738 sightings from 2,420 observations

Where to see cheetah in Zambia

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

82% SUCCESS

1,932 sightings from 2,353 observations

Where to see buffalo in Zambia

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

46% SUCCESS

1,042 sightings from 2,275 observations

Where to see eland in Zambia

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

90% SUCCESS

2,774 sightings from 3,071 observations

Where to see elephant in Zambia

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

85% SUCCESS

2,636 sightings from 3,097 observations

Where to see giraffe in Zambia

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

2,017 sightings from 2,266 observations

Where to see hippo in Zambia

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

22% SUCCESS

360 sightings from 1,628 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Zambia

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

21% SUCCESS

345 sightings from 1,631 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Zambia

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

53% SUCCESS

1,594 sightings from 3,028 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Zambia

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

66% SUCCESS

1,859 sightings from 2,821 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Zambia

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

2,921 sightings from 3,488 observations

Where to see zebra in Zambia

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

2% SUCCESS

61 sightings from 2,627 observations

Where to see aardvark in Zambia

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

42 sightings from 2,560 observations

Where to see pangolin in Zambia

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

30% SUCCESS

446 sightings from 1,507 observations

Where to see black rhino in Zambia

White Rhino

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

The white rhino is the largest and most numerous of the world’s five rhinoceros species. They are larger, easier to see and generally more approachable than the black rhino.

42% SUCCESS

365 sightings from 866 observations

Where to see white rhino in Zambia

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

17% SUCCESS

45 sightings from 267 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Zambia

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