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Zambia

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.

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Where to go in Zambia?

For the true connoisseur

Zambia offers a range of exceptional experiences for the discerning traveller seeking truly unique encounters and experiences.

We recommend the following:

Travel to Zambia and witness the largest mammal migration on Earth – the annual November convergence of up to 10 million straw-coloured fruit bats into Kasanka National Park.

These large bats journey from Congo to Kasanka when the first rains arrive in Kasanka, to feast on fruit delicacies such as musuku, mufinsa and mangos.

Further information (this will open a new browser window):

Blog post: 6 Unforgettable Bush Experiences at Kasanka

The shoebill stork is perhaps the most bizarre looking bird in Africa, and a big tick for experienced bird-watchers.

They can be found in the remote and seldom-visited Bangweulu Swamps, which are also home to the only known population of black lechwe (antelope).

Further information (this will open a new browser window):

Blog post: 7 Fab Facts about Shoebills

Blog post: Release of a hand-raised shoebill at Bangweulu

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Shoebill stork

The extremely remote Liuwa Plain hosts the second biggest wildebeest migration in Africa in November each year as thousands of wildebeest congregate in the park with the onset of the rainy season.

The rains also spark the blooming of carpets of countless flower species and the arrival of millions of water birds, combining to create an exceptional safari experience.

Further information (this will open a new browser window):

Travel diary: Living Wild In Liuwa

Traveller photo gallery: The Lure of Liuwa

The famous Lady Liuwa and a pride cub. Read more about this magnificent lioness, who died in August 2017 after being the only lion in the park for many years and being the lion ambassador for the entire region during the successful lion re-introduction program. ©Ingrid Mandt

The famous Lady Liuwa and a pride cub. Read more about this magnificent lioness, who died in August 2017 after being the only lion in the park for many years and being the lion ambassador for the entire region during the successful lion re-introduction program. ©Ingrid Mandt
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Hyenas are the dominant predator in Liuwa Plain, often occurring in large clans. View a traveller’s photo gallery of a journey through Liuwa Plain. ©Ingrid Mandt
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Lions were successfully re-introduced into Liuwa Plain after many years during which only one lioness, Lady Liuwa, occupied this vast area. View a traveller’s photo gallery of a journey through Liuwa Plain. ©Ingrid Mandt

Shiwa Ngandu is a historic and grand English country house and estate built over many years by a man determined to tame Africa.

The fascinating story behind this property is the stuff of Hollywood and has been captured in a book titled Africa House. The estate is extremely remote but has an airstrip.

Further information (this will open a new browser window):

Travel diary: Shiwa Ngandu, Zambia’s Enchanting English Estate

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Please contact us for details about any of these exceptional experiences.

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