As Zambia becomes better known as a safari destination, it still retains its essence of true wilderness; a place that doesn’t feel overtaken by humans, thus providing an unpredictable safari experience. An indispensable element if you are seeking an exhilarating and unforgettable trip. Therefore, it is necessary to enter this country with a deep respect for the purity of the wildlife areas, the kindness of the people welcoming travelers with warmth and hospitality, some of the best guides in the entire continent and the remoteness of the camps. Welcome to Zambia, where natural beauty still determines the rhythm.
Just to mention but a few, down below are some of the well-known safari destinations in Zambia. The parks below account for the bigger and best safaris experiences in Zambia and Africa as a whole:
South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven. It supports large populations of Thornicroft giraffes, and herds of Elephants and Cape Buffalos often several hundred strong, while the Luangwa River supports abundant Crocodiles and Hippopotamuses. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for Walking Safaris. Founded as a game reserves in 1938, it became a National Parks in 1972 and now covers 9,050 km2. The Muchinga Escarpment in Norther and Central Provinces forms the park's western or north-western boundary, it slopes down from there to the river, lying mostly on its western bank. The eastern bank of the river is in Eastern Province, and as access to the park is only from that side, it is usually thought of as being wholly in Eastern Province. Although the park is generally well-protected from poaching, the park's Black Rhinos were wiped out by 1987, and the elephant population has been under serious pressure at times. The main settlement of the park is actually outside its eastern boundary at Mfuwe, home to an international Airport.
North Luangwa National Park
North Luangwa National Park is a National Park in Zambia’s the northernmost of the three in the valley of the Luangwa River. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a National Park in 1972 and now covers 4,636 km². Like the South Luangwa, its eastern boundary is the Luangwa River, while it rises to cover a stretch of the Muchinga Escarpment to the west. The Mwaleshi River flows east-west through the centre of the park, the area to its south being a strict wilderness zone. For many years its wildlife suffered greatly from poaching, but recent years have seen poaching almost entirely stopped. It has generally suffered from a lack of investment and interest compared to the much more popular South Luangwa National Park, although its flora and fauna are very similar to its southern counterpart. In 2003, Black Rhinoceroses were re-introduced to the park.
Kasanka National Park
Kasanka National Park is a park located in the Serenje District of Zambia’s Central Province At roughly 390 km2 (150 sq mi), Kasanka is one of Zambia’s smallest National Parks. Kasanka is the first of Zambia’s national parks to be privately managed. The privately funded Kasanka Trust Ltd has taken on all management responsibilities, in partnership with the Zambian Wildlife Authority, and has been in operation since 1986. The park has an average elevation between 1,160 m (3,810 ft) and 1,290 m (4,230 ft) above sea level. It has nine permanent lakes with the largest being Luombwa that provides angler sighting. There are eight rivers in the park, with the largest being the Luapula River, all of which flows into the Bangweulu basin, a major tributary of the Congo River. Kasanka holds undoubtedly some of the best birding in Africa and is known for of the biggest fruit Bats Migration
Kasanka holds undoubtedly some of the finest birding in Africa and is known for one of the biggest fruit bats migration
Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park Kafue National Park is the largest National Park in Zambia, covering an area of about 22,400 km² (similar in size to Wales or Massachusetts). It is the second largest park in Africa and is home to over 55 different species of animals. The park is name is derived from the Kafue River which stretches over three provinces: North Western, Central and Southern. The main access is via the Great Western Road from Lusaka to Mongu which crosses the park north of its centre. Seasonal dirt roads also link from Kalomo and Namwala in the south and south-east, and Kasempa in the north. Kafue National Park has a wide range of wildlife including cats and birds
Liuwa Plain National Park
Liuwa Plain National Park Liuwa Plain National Park lies in Western Province, Zambia, west of the Barotse Flood Plains of the Zambezi River near the border with Angola. The Park is governed by African Parks (Zambia), which is a partnership between African Parks, the Department National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the Barotse Royal Establishment, the traditional government of the Lozi People.
The park, located approximately an hour from Kalabo. Access to Kalabo (the nearest town to Liuwa Plain National Park) has been vastly improved due to a tar road being built over the floodplains which has recently been complete. Liuwa plain supports globally important populations of storks, cranes and other water birds. The vulnerable crowned crane and known for the second biggest migration of wildebeests in Africa and in the World
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Sotho: Musi oa Thunya [Mosi wa Tunya] "The Smoke that Thunders"), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya — 'The Smoke that Thunders' — known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The river forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, so the falls are shared by the two countries, and the park is 'twin' to the Zambezi National Park on the Zimbabwean side. ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ comes from the Kololo or Lozi Language and the name is now used throughout Zambia, and in parts of Zimbabwe. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park covers 66 km2 (25 sq mi) from the Songwe Gorge below the falls in a north-west arc along about 20 km of the Zambian river bank. It fronts the south-western boundary of the city of Livingstone and has two main sections, each with separate entrances: a wildlife Park at its north-western end, and the land adjacent to the immense and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which in the rainy season is the world's largest curtain of falling water. It extends downstream from the falls and to the south-east along the Batoka Gorges Within the wildlife park is the Old Drift Cemetery where the first European settlers were buried. They made camp by the river, but kept succumbing to a strange and fatal illness. They blamed the yellow/green-barked "fever trees" for this incurable malady, while all the time it was the malarial mosquito causing their demise. Before long, the community moved to higher ground and the town of Livingstone emerged.
The Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi National Park - located in southeastern Zambia - was declared a national park in 1983, serving as a private park of the Zambia president before that. Because it was private for so long, the park was protected from mass tourism, thus sustaining its pristine wilderness. Due to the CITES ban on the world ivory trade and because of the presence of DNPW teams carrying out law-enforcement patrols daily, the park and its wildlife population (especially elephants) have remained remarkably stable ever since. Not just the park, but the entire area is a true wildlife sanctuary. On the opposite bank is Zimbabwe's famous Mana Pools National Park, and the park itself is ringed by a much larger game management area (usually referred to as the GMA). Because there are no fences between the park and the GMA, animals can roam free across the area and will frequently do so. The best part of the Lower Zambezi Park and its surrounding GMA is the remoteness. Unlike other Southern African parks, this one has no paved roads, so it is unlikely you will encounter another safari vehicle. More and more precious these days is a night sky without light pollution. Here you will see the most impressive blanket of stars, including mind-boggling views of the shimmering Milky Way. The small and intimate lodges contribute to this feeling of being in a place where the modern world has yet to intrude upon nature, where unpredictable wilderness still exists UNESCO declared several areas of the Lower Zambezi World Heritage sites, mainly because it is home to a ‘remarkable concentration of wildlife’. Simply put, the Lower Zambezi is famous for its big game, and that is one of the reasons why you want to venture out to this part of Africa.
Okavango - Zambezi Trans frontier Conservation Area
Okavango - Zambezi Trans frontier Conservation Area, also known as KAZA is situated in a region where the international borders of five countries converge. It includes a major part of the Upper Zambezi basin and the Okavango basin and Delta. The zone includes the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, the southeastern corner of Angola, southwestern Zambia, the northern wild lands of Botswana and western Zimbabwe. The centre of this area is at the confluence of the Chobe River and Zambezi River where the
borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. It will incorporate notable sites such as Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, the Okavango in Botswana and the Victoria Falls