Zambia is a country of innate beauty. The Victoria Falls, which mark the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, are considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Seeing such a huge volume of water tumble over the cliff edge and crash into the gorge below is simply breathtaking. It falls like thunder, transforming the calm Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent, sending up columns of spray that can be seen from miles around. The best time to visit is during the “green season” in April when the water levels are at their highest.
The green season is also when many Zambian animals give birth, making it a popular time to go on safari. Walking safaris are the country’s speciality. Under the protection of a ranger and experienced guide, you can explore the raw bush land, tracking wild animals – it’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Although landlocked, Zambia is dissected by three great rivers - the Luangwa, Kafue and Zambezi - after which the national parks are named. All provide luxurious accommodation in small, intimate lodges and phenomenal game viewing.
The Lower Zambezi offers game viewing on land and from the river as well as the most fantastic fishing. However, it is not for the faint-hearted. The infamous tigerfish is a worthy adversary and puts up a strong fight!
Kafue is characterised by floodplains and forests, with a meandering river frequented by hippos and crocodiles. At the heart of the park, on the Busanga Plains, dwell tree climbing lions and over 450 different species of bird.
If you fancy something a bit different, take a boat safari down the Luangwa River. Carmine bee-eaters flock to the waters to nest in October, filling the skies with their vivid green and red plumage. If traditional game viewing is more your scene, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of sightings of lions, elephants and buffalo.
Zambia is untamed and largely unexplored. It is a land treasured for its remote wilderness and lack of tourists. For those wanting a unique safari experience and outstanding game viewing, you need look no further.
When to go
Green season should be avoided in some areas due to flooding, although there are camps which are open all year round. The best time to visit Zambia is June to October when the weather is warmer and the nights are cooler.