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Zambia is a vast country, friendly and peaceful, that offers superb wildlife and cultural encounters. Landlocked in south-central Africa, it is one of the region’s least travelled and most rewarding wilderness destinations.

Situated mainly on a vast plateau 3,000m above sea level, the country boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. Most of the country enjoys a mild, pleasant climate with the river valleys hotter and more humid and the north, in the region of Lake Tanganyika (one of Zambia’s ten large lakes), tropical. While Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just 10km from the Falls, is the well-known ‘adventure capital’, offering adrenalin-packed activities on and around the Falls and the Zambezi River.

When it comes to wildlife, Zambia offers impressive diversity as well as large concentrations and numbers, and some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent. It was in Zambia that the concept of walking safaris originated as the best way of enjoying the rich flora and fauna of the country’s 19 national parks. Birdlife is particularly prolific, attracting birders from all over the world.

Featured Zambia Areas

Kafue National Park

At 22,500km, Kafue National Park is one of the largest in Africa. The million-hectare northern sector is the perfect location for our camps: remote, wild and diverse with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus-dominated wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains, seasonally-inundated grassland dotted with isolated treeislands. The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue Rivers are lined with riverine forest and the landscape is further patterned with broad-leaved miombo woodland, open plains, floodplains and island thickets. The Busanga Plains offer concentrations of common species such as puku, lechwe, buffalo and wildebeest, but also comparative rarities not easily viewed in southern Africa such as roan, oribi and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. There is a high density of lion, with species like cheetah and wild dog utilising those areas where lion are not present. Birdlife is equally abundant and includes many ‘specials’ such as Ross’s Turaco and Locust Finch.

South Luangwa National Park

The 9,050km South Luangwa National Park is found in the low-lying productive Luangwa Valley. Our Luamfwa Concession, pristine and secluded, is situated in the remote and undeveloped southern sector of the Park. The Park is sustained by the Luangwa River, an impressive watercourse that supports high densities of game along its banks. Over time, the river’s course has carved a multitude of channels that, in winter, form lagoons and oxbow lakes, which serve as magnets for game activity. The Luangwa is flanked by mopane woodland, scrub, savannah and low hills. Over 60 large mammal species are found: herds of elephant and buffalo frequently dominate access to water at the oxbow lakes, while puku, impala, waterbuck, warthog and kudu are prolific. Unique subspecies of wildebeest (Cookson’s) and giraffe (Thornicroft’s) occur only in the Luangwa Valley. Lion viewing is excellent and Luangwa is renowned for one of the highest leopard densities in Africa. Over 400 bird species have been recorded and local specials include Lilian’s Lovebird and Racket-tailed Roller. The area is perhaps even better known for pioneering walking safaris.

Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – a name that accurately depicts the plume of spray, visible for some distance, caused by the cascading waters of the Zambezi River. This is an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream. Wildlife also abounds in the area, particularly during the dry season, and can be viewed while boating on the river or on game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park upstream of the Falls. This small park offers excellent sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and even white rhino. There is rich birdlife here too, including sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer, Schalow’s Turaco and Rock Pratincole. The principal town on the Zambezi’s Zambian bank is Livingstone, which, with its adrenalin sports such as abseiling, white-water rafting and canoeing, has become known as the ‘adventure capital’ of southern Africa.

Zambia Camps

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp is situated on a tree island right in the middle of the superbly flat Busanga Plains. Shumba is named after a favourite…
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Busanga Bush Camp

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive, grassy seasonal floodplains…
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Toka Leya Camp

The swiftly-flowing Zambezi River hurries past Toka Leya Camp in the central part of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 12 km from…
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The River Club

Situated just 18 km upstream from Victoria Falls, The River Club allows for in-depth and adventurous exploration of this Wonder.
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Zambia Sample Itineraries

Essential Zambia

Highlights include Zambia’s largest national park, Kafue,  the Luangwa National Park and Victoria Falls.
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Zambia Lodging and Hotels

The Royal Livingstone

At the Royal Livingstone Hotel, on the banks of a river that flows through the soul of Africa, your own story waits to be told.
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Sussi & Chuma

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream…
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Islands of Siankaba

The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between…
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