Zambia, the ‘home of the walking safari’ has some magnificent parks in the areas of Luangwa, Kafue and the Lower Zambezi. Particularly good in the dry season, from June to October, South Luangwa offers great game viewing of many herbivores including buffalo, elephant, giraffe, puku, impala and greater kudu, as well as lion and wild dog.
Luangwa also has developed a reputation for great leopard sightings, particularly after dark viewed with a spotlight. For many, walking safaris are a big draw here, with trained walking guides accompanying armed park scouts on walks to look for the smaller game, including insects, trees and plants, as well as the excitement of approaching large game on foot.
Many areas are dominated by the great rivers: the Zambezi and the Luangwa, and some of the camps on the banks of the rivers have to be some of the most beautiful on the continent. Boats and canoe trips are possible in some areas and these rivers have great concentrations of hippos and crocodiles, as well as terrific and varied bird watching opportunities.
Most safaris in Zambia finish with time at one of the great natural wonders of the world, the incomparable Victoria Falls. Easily accessed by plane from any of Zambia’s parks, the Falls are over a mile wide, with the opportunity to view them from either side, from islands in the middle of the Falls and from above via helicopter. There are now a whole range of small and very luxurious lodges on the Zambezi River above the Falls, and Livingstone has become the adventure capital of Southern Africa, with white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swings, helicopter and microlight flights, and various animal interactions all on offer.
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The Zambian Safari, 11 days from $6,450