Zambia is an adventurous and exciting, but also extremely safe and peaceful part of Africa in which to travel. Warm and welcoming people - who come from more than 70 distinct tribes - and a host of natural attractions, make this an excellent holiday choice, as increasing numbers of tourists are discovering.
This is the ‘real' Africa, where travel is at times rough around the edges, but charming in spite of the challenges. Landlocked Zambia takes its name from the Zambezi River, which rises in the northwest of the country and loops round to form a natural border with Zimbabwe in the south. The steady flow of Africa's fourth-longest river creates cascades and rapids, on which can be enjoyed some of the world's most exhilarating white water rafting. The river has also created Zambia's most recognisable and popular attraction, Victoria Falls, or the ‘smoke that thunders' as it's known locally.
Superb national parks are another feature of Zambia travel, with a choice of luxury lodges and safari camps in which to stay. Walking safaris were pioneered in South Luangwa National Park, the country's premier wildlife venue, and are a terrific way to experience the bush. Safari vehicles and riverboats are the other means with which to see the vast array of wildlife that calls this spectacular country home.
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Top itineraries in Zambia
A luxury 12-day safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and Zambia's Victoria Falls
Stay at three of Zambia’s most luxurious lodges while you experience the incredible wildlife and breathtaking wilderness of the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks before exploring Victoria Falls.
Experience the magic of the Zambian wilderness and stay at exceptional bush camps in some of the country’s most off-the- beaten-track locations
Walking with big game brings the African bush to life - a spine-tingling experience that's exhilarating to the point of addiction. You cannot approach animals as closely or as easily as you can in a vehicle, but we guarantee you will feel closer to Africa than ever before. You don't need to be espe…
Top places to stay in Zambia
Nestled beneath a grove of mahogany trees on the banks of Luangwa River, Tena Tena is a luxury tented safari camp idyllically located in Zambia’s Luangwa National Park.
Nsefu, Zambia’s original safari camp, is ideally located in South Luangwa National Park. This verdant woodland savannah, supported by a myriad of interconnecting rivers and tributaries, is home to a thriving ecosystem of birds and wildlife.
Nkwali is a boutique safari camp located on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land just outside South Luangwa National Park, meaning exclusive entry to a private game viewing area and access to one of Africa’s premiere national parks.
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Where to go in Zambia
The town of Livingstone - named after the missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone - grew during colonial times, and Edwardian-era buildings still line its main street today. The Livingstone Museum, dating from 1930, is a popular attraction, with Livingstone memorabilia and exhibits from the co…
Victoria Falls has been captivating travellers for more than a century, ever since the Victoria Falls Bridge was constructed. Built just below the falls, remains a good vantage point for watching the Zambezi River as it rushes through Batoka Gorge.
A journey on the Zambezi River is, for many, a major Zambia travel highlight. Africa's fourth largest river provides the chance to experience the thrill of world-class white water rafting, the most extreme sections being the 23 rapids in Batoka Gorge. Canoe safaris and river fishing are other activ…
When to go to Zambia
During the dry season (May to October) you’ll find clear skies, comfortable temperatures and superb game viewing, with many animals seeking out the remaining waterholes. November brings the start of the rains, which continue until April. Known as the ‘emerald’ season, this is still a great time to visit: the grasses are green, the animals are birthing and prices are at their lowest.
When planning your Big Five safari trip, you’ll quickly find that there’s an abundance of safari parks, hotels and destinations to choose from. To help, we’ve put together this collection of Africa’s finest lodges that combine luxury living with exclusive wildlife-viewing opportunities. There’s ever
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