Zambia is a safari destination for those in the know. It tends to get a little overshadowed by more famous locales, but in my opinion that only increases its appeal. If you’re a committed safari lover – or an adventurous rookie – go see for yourself; you might find that Zambia is Africa’s best kept secret.
Seeing Victoria Falls from Zambia can be a more intense experience than the picture-postcard views from across the bridge in Zimbabwe, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near the town of Livingstone offers exceptional birding.
Zambia is arguably the original home of walking safaris, with several operators specialising in exploring South Luangwa (Zambia’s best-known national park) or the Lower Zambezi on foot. You can also canoe here, with the mighty river in a much less tumultuous mood, and throw in a line to earn your fishing stripes by catching a tiger. By night, it’s the turn of lion – night drives shine a light on nocturnal hunting behaviour.
Looking for more reasons to make the journey to Zambia? How about the fact that it hosts two of the most remarkable mammalian migrations to criss-cross the continent: the ‘other’ Great Wildebeest Migration to Liuwa Plains, or the flight of millions of bats to Kasanka?
Kafue National Park safaris let you mingle with herds of lechwe and puku – and watch the predators which trail them. Zambia also offers excellent opportunities to stretch the fabric of life (and weave colourful, enduring memories) on hot-air balloon flights over the Busanga Plains, or by sleeping under taut canvas in a luxury fly camp in South Luangwa.