Zambia is a land of vast lakes, wetlands and famous landmarks, perfect for those seeking nature and wildlife.
Although not as well-known an African destination as Kenya or South Africa, Zambia boasts beautiful landscapes and a huge array of incredible wildlife, perfect for those seeking a trip to see traditional Africa is in its natural state.Although seemingly strict, entry requirements can be easily satisfied with the right visa and travel insurance.
However, when booking your flights it’s often advisable to book international transfers at the same time. Some airlines may include your main transfers in your travel package, but any additional transfers should also be planned and booked, so you can make the most of Africa without the hassle of finding internal flights at the last minute. With two local airports linking the rest of Africa with Zambia’s natural landmarks, it’s not difficult to experience the area’s most famous attractions if you book in advance.
Among the most beautiful and most visited waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls are part of the Zambezi River and are more than 2km wide. The most prominent feature of the Victoria Falls National Park, the falls become the largest veil of falling water in the world during the area’s flood season, which takes place around February or March.
The waterfall has been plunging 354 feet for around two million years and now creates mists that can be seen from up to 20km away, and which sustain a forest ecosystem nearby. The national borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe lie in the middle of the falls, so visitors can enjoy the separate national parks that lie on each side of the flow. Each year several hundred thousand visitors from across the globe take a trip to the area to enjoy the views and the local tourist trade. Close to Harry Mwanga Nkumbala International Airport, Victoria Falls are easy to reach and well worth the journey.
Lower Zambezi National Park
The valley of Lower Zambezi is a rift in the earth’s crust through which the well-known Zambezi River flows. Lower Zambezi National Park, which lies on the Zambian side of the river, is best known for its abundance of African game. Many visitors travel to the park via a chartered flight to enjoy a safari through the area, which can last from an afternoon to a week or even longer for those seeking a challenge.
Lower Zambezi National Park is also known for its remote location, which allows tourists to travel all day without seeing another person and also makes it easier to spot game without the distractions of other visitors. Covering an area of 4,092 square metres, the park is the perfect wilderness for those wishing to make the most of Africa’s finest wildlife without the buzz of a more popular safari destination.
South Luangwa National Park
Filled with an abundance of game, including big cats, South Luangwa National Park is the second largest of Zambia’s 19 national parks and is one of the best-known in Africa. The Luangwa River, which runs along the east of the park, creates a number of lagoons and oxbow lakes that keep the scenery varied and interesting for visitors. The varied habitats, from forest to plains, also help give the park its reputation owing to the large variety of flora and fauna that live in the park.
Some of the activities offered in and around the park include game drives, which are conducted by tour operators and provide tourists with the best chance of seeing wildlife. Featuring favourites such as elephants, buffalo, baboons, giraffes, lions and leopards, the national park is know for its wildlife and is the perfect location for those wishing to see the most popular in one place.
The largest artificial lake and reservoir in the world, Lake Kariba stretches over 140 miles long and up to 20 miles in width. The lake is located on the Zambezi River between the source and the mouth, lying along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 after the local vegetation was burned, creating fertile soil that prom oted the growth of the ecology that exists there today.
Remote and wild, the Zambian side of the lake draws tourists looking for a little more peace and quiet, while also providing a vibrant and beautiful view. The island of Chete, which is the largest on the lake, provides the opportunity for visitors to see wildlife in the form of lions, leopards, waterbucks and impalas, as well as the hippos and crocodiles that live in the lake. Lake Kariba is the perfect location for those seeking a combination of wildlife and pristine, unspoiled nature