Zambia Travel

Zambia is an African travel destination known for the occurrence of Victoria Falls and its proliferation of pristine wilderness areas. With a range of national parks and the mighty waters of the Zambezi River flowing through the country, Zambia is able to provide a wealth of safari activities, including river cruises, elephant-back safaris, traditional 4x4 game drives and white water rafting.

 

Zambia Travel

 

 

The Zambia travel packages currently offered by African Sky only include Victoria Falls and the wilderness area surrounding this wonder. There is, however, much and more to explore and enjoy in this wild corner of the world. For your consideration, we have included information on the country’s most popular and beautiful national parks.

 

Zambia Safaris

 

Zambia is a paradise for any safari enthusiast. On safari in Zambia, you will find a country which is very sparsely populated and large parts remain untouched by human influence. Whether you are interested in a wilderness experience in some of the 19 national parks, or want to get up close and personal with wildlife on a walking safari, maybe experience an adrenaline rush while river rafting on the Zambezi, or would like to partake in a canoeing safari. Worldwide Tours & Safaris offers a variety of options for enjoying your safari in Zambia.

 

Zambia Safaris

 

Zambia's great wildlife parks are home to a very wide range of mammals and birds. Most Zambian Safaris are conducted in areas of moist savannah woodland, where deciduous trees grow far enough apart to allow grasses and other plants to grow on the woodland floor. In dryer areas, especially the valleys of the Zambezi and Luangwa, you'll see sprawling branches of stout baobab trees, some thousands of years old. The safari lodges of Zambia are small and exclusive, and provide the ideal getaway for guests wishing to experience the remote African wilderness on a private safari.

 

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is Zambia's oldest and largest national park. It was established in 1924 and is made up of a vast, undulating plateau. A few hills are found along the mid-reaches of the Kafue River and the area is mainly made up of vast areas of Kalahari sand. The Lunga and Lufupa rivers provide water for the area. The vegetation is grassland as well as riverine woodland and there is also teak growing in most parts of the park.
Kafue National park is well known for its predators, particularly the leopard. Mammals are well represented in Kafue and include elephant, hippos, buffalo, sable, roan, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, puku, red lechwe on the Busanga Plain, lion, spotted hyena, and wild dog. The Kafue River and its flood plain are particularly well-known for their rich birdlife, which is represented by about 450 species.

Kafue National Park is a popular park because of its diversity; grasslands, forests and the floodplains. The Busanga Plains are a vast floodplain, fed by the Lufupa River. When the floodwaters recede, tiny shoots of grass appear, attracting huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. The shoreline of Lake Itezhi-tezhi as well as the Nanzhila Plains are excellent wildlife areas in Kafue, and this is where you are mostly likely to see the magnificent, slender cheetah chasing down smaller prey like warthog or impala. Kafue is not as well-developed as South Luangwa National Park, for example, but it boasts more wildlife species.

 

Stanley Safari Lodge

Overlooking the spray cloud of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River is Stanley Safari Lodge. The lodge is set on a hill and has spectacular views over the bushveld and the spray cloud formed by the magnificent Victoria Falls. This lodge offers a welcome alternative to the mainstream hotels for a fine African safari.
Stanley Safari Lodge offers accommodation in 10 private cottages. Every cottage is individually designed and decorated. Guests can choose between closed cottages or open sided cottages. Isolated settings ensure privacy at the open sided cottages. All the cottages are en-suite and face the Victoria Falls.

 

Stanley Lodge

 

The lodge has an open-sided main house, decorated in an African safari theme, where guests can relax before or after activities or around meal times. Delicious European-style meals with an African twist are served in the dining room. The library and an upper deck, which overlook the sprawling bushveld, are also part of the main house. A special service, 'the private table setup', allows guests to enjoy dinner at any location of their choice from the upper deck to the wine cellar or inside the pool area.
An abundance of activities are available on an African safari in this area including; Victoria Falls tours, elephant back safaris, helicopter flights, white water rafting and ...

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is an extremely beautiful park lying on the north bank of the Zambezi River and opposite Mana Pools Park in Zimbabwe. The hills are covered with Miombo woodland and mopane and acacia are found in the valleys. There is a great variety of game species, which include elephant and buffalo, but unfortunately the numbers have been reduced because of poaching. Of the predators, lion and leopard are the most active in the park, while massive elephant herds are seen along the river. You will find plenty of crocodiles basking in the Zambian sun and the birdlife is truly something to behold, from the tiniest bee-eaters to tall shoebill storks and everything in between.

 

Lower Zambezi National Park

 

It becomes very hot in the summer. The beauty of the Lower Zambezi Park is its wildness. Canoeing here is an amazing experience and is one of the best ways to see a wide variety of birds. The lodges in the park give you the choice of day-long canoe trips or a leisurely hour on the river. Out on bush walks while engaging in animal tracking, you will meet up with different animal and bird species.
Game viewing is best in mid-season between June and October. Naturally, the river should be at its highest in June (when all the rainwater in the catchment area has reached downstream) - but the levels are heavily controlled by the hydro-electric scheme at the Kariba Dam wall - so it can rise overnight if more electricity output is needed. There are no operations inside the park during the rains as roads become impassable and the wildlife moves to the security of the hills rather than the vulnerability of the river banks.

South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa National Park lies within the Luangwa Valley, whose floor, for the most part, is gently sloping and well-wooded with isolated, broken ridges and a flat alluvial plain. Two large grassland plains are located in the South Luangwa National Park, with smaller grassland areas to the north. The Luangwa River inundates its flood plain periodically, usually in February, and after a flood sometimes changes its course, leaving oxbow lakes along the old channel. This instability creates the richness of scenery and the highly productive ecosystem for which the Luangwa Valley is known.

South Luangwa National Park has exceptionally rich and varied wildlife, but commercial poaching has brought the once widespread black rhinoceros population to the brink of extinction and elephant numbers have also declined. The South Luangwa National Park is the Luangwa Valley's most accessible and popular park. It is 9050km² and the concentration of game around the river is of the highest in Africa. Hippo, buffalo, warthog, the endemic Thornicroft's giraffe, bushbuck, kudu, eland, reedbuck, waterbuck, puku, roan and Lichtenstein's hartebeest are just a few of the game species of game that may be seen. The area is also well-known for its predators, which include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. This is an excellent birding area, and, among others, many raptor and waterfowl species can be seen. South Luangwa National park is also one of the few national parks that allow night safaris.