This great southern African travel destination, with its capital of Lusaka, offers most of its highlights in the Southern regions. Fantastic safari parks are scattered all over the amazing, landlocked country, Zambia. Off the beaten track - to the extent that even dirt roads are very limited - is the Lower Zambezi National Park. The real, untouched African wilderness awaits all around due the fact that it was the private hunting ground for the Zambian president and therefore development remained limited.
Apart from Zambia’s great wildlife, legendary safaris through raw wilderness and magnificent African landscapes, the Victoria Falls - also known as the Smoke That Thunders and called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the locals, mark the border with Zimbabwe and are one of Zambia's major drawcards. No visit to the country is complete without a stop at these, one of the worldwide most stunning waterfalls near Livingstone. Walk along the viewpoints, go Bungy Jumping on the Victoria Falls Bridge which is spanning the Zambezi River, or join a guided dip in the Devil's Pool. This naturally formed basin allows just for a few weeks fairly safe swims right on the edge of the dramatically high drop of the falls - a very special and fascinating experience. If you are fit enough, go canoeing down the mighty Zambezi River as far as the marvellous Mupata Gorge or get your adrenaline pumping with White Water Rafting in Livingstone.
The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls are only one of in total 17 magnificent waterfalls in Zambia, which provide adventures into very remote areas where you can experience and get a glimpse of rural village life.
If you travel further East along the Zambezi River you will get to another highlight of Zambia, Lake Kariba. This is the perfect destination for a relaxed holiday, with canoeing, fishing or staying on a houseboat from where you can watch crocodiles or hippos that live in these waters.
With 22,400 square kilometres stretching over three provinces, Zambia’s largest park is the Kafue National Park, located a two hours drive north of Livingstone. This amazing and lesser explored Zambian game park is characterised by a variety of habitat which 500 bird species as well as 152 different mammal species call their home, such as lions, cheetahs, elusive leopards, Cape buffalos and Cape wild dogs, to name a few. If you are into bird watching, then the popular and seasonally flooded grasslands of the Busanga Plains in the park's far north-west along the Lufupa river are a must where birdlife is in abundance and large herds of herbivores can be seen as well. Some of southern Africa’s largest crocodiles and hippopotami live in the Kafue River which runs through this great park and lends its name to this great attraction of Zambia.
Fishing enthusiasts will find unparalleled Tiger and Bream fishing grounds in the Barotse Floodplain, one of Africa’s great wetlands and the second largest wetland in the west of Southern Zambia towards the border of Angola. From May to August, only during this dry season, the floodplain can be reached by road from Livingstone.
In the far West of Southern Zambia bush lovers will find another gem of pristine wilderness, the Liuwa Plain National Park. Safaris are uncommercialised and offer a natural, true Out of Africa experience, with abundant birdlife, lions, wild dogs and other African wildlife as well as spectacular photographic opportunities.