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Zambia's National Parks & Reserves

Visit Zambia's National Parks & Reserves

Introduction

Zambia's national parks are some of the best in Africa. Yet they attract comparatively few visitors compared to the continent's more famous wildlife reserves, making watching wildlife in Zambia a real pleasure. South Luangwa National Park is one of the most popular parks in Zambia, known for its plentiful giraffes, elephants and buffalos. Its unspoilt natural beauty and abundant game make it an ideal destination for an African safari holiday, and it was here that conservationist Norman Carr first conceived the idea of walking safaris.

Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest reserve in Zambia, one of a number set up in the country by Norman Carr, a founding father of eco-tourism in Africa. Kafue is an easily accessible wildlife area, rich in game and just a few hours by road from both the frontier town of Livingstone and Zambia's capital, Lusaka. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is even closer to Livingstone, a relatively small but important park that protects the Zambian side of the world famous Victoria Falls.

Top itineraries in Zambia's National Parks & Reserves

Sanctuary Retreats Botswana & Zambia – Walking with Wildlife

12-day safari from £6,465 pp incl. flights

A luxury 12-day safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and Zambia's Victoria Falls

Zambia in Style

11-day tailor-made journey from £5,740 pp incl. flights

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.

Two Rivers Safari

12-day tailor-made safari journey from £6,230 pp incl. flights

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

The Walking Mobile Safari, South Luangwa

13-day tailor-made journey from £7,180 pp incl. flights

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…

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Top places to stay in Zambia's National Parks & Reserves

Tena Tena Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Contemporary tented camp

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 Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Traditional safari lodge

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 Camp, Zambia

Contemporary safari lodge

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.

Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi

Traditional tented camp

This family owned camp is located amid the spectacular landscapes of the Lower Zambezi, a region home to leopards, lions, elephants and hippos and a breath-taking array of birds.

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Where to go in Zambia's National Parks & Reserves

Mosi-oa-Tunya

Mosi-oa-Tunya is the local Kololo name for Victoria Falls, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders'. It's an apt description of this breathtaking and powerful waterfall, because the fine spray formed by the falls when they tumble over a broad basalt cliff looks like columns of smoke.

Lower Zambezi

The pristine wilderness of the Lower Zambezi National Park is a great place in which to watch Zambia’s diverse and abundant wildlife. The park lies to the east of the capital, Lusaka, and across the Zambezi from the Mana Pools wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe

South Luangwa

The South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s finest and most accessible wildlife park. It was here that walking safaris were pioneered and they remain one of the best ways of experiencing the African wilderness.

North Luangwa

North Luangwa National Park is a wild and untouched region on the western bank of the Luangwa River. The park is not open to the public in general. Instead, a handful of safari operators have permission to run walking safaris in the park, with a couple of intimate and luxurious tented camps providi…

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