Why travel to Zambia?
Zambia is the home of traditional safaris thanks to authentic lodges and 19 varied national parks that are off the beaten track. The diversity of experiences in this wonderful string of protected areas is staggering, and in many you are likely to have sightings to yourself.
Many of the Zambia safari lodges are owner-run and seasonal – some are literally packed up every year when the rains arrive, then reconstructed from local material when the floodwaters subside and access is again possible. This handmade and renewable feeling is what makes a safari in Zambia so unique and personal.
That said, you will inevitably start your Zambian safari at Africa’s popular and iconic Victoria Falls, either on the Zimbabwean side or in Livingstone town on the Zambian side. From there you are spoilt for choice – leopards and walking safaris in Luangwa Valley, the stunning woodlands and floodplains of Kafue, or canoeing the mighty Zambezi River and communing with elephants in the Lower Zambezi.
And, for those in pursuit of truly unique experiences and off-the-beaten-track destinations, Zambia offers an eclectic range. These include the annual migration of millions of large bats at Kasanka, the bizarre shoebills of Bangweulu, the annual wildebeest migration across the remote wilderness of Liuwa Plain, and the historical Shiwa Ngandu manor house and estate.
When to go to Zambia?
Aside from Victoria Falls, which is a year-round destination, some of Zambia’s remote lodges are closed during the wet months from November to April – primarily because the seasonal floods render those areas inaccessible.
Many areas that are indeed accessible during the rainy season offer attractive ‘green season’ rates, and this is a great time for bird-watchers and budget-conscious travellers to experience the wonders of Zambian holiday.Safaris in the area