Untouched, Unspoiled, Unbelievable
Eight country neighbours and entirely landlocked, Zambia is lesser known and lesser visited, resulting in a country that can offer true untamed and mostly untouched African wilderness. The setting for two of the world’s largest mammal migration events, the majesty of the Smoke That Thunders, the famous Devil’s Pool, the home to rare and incredible bird diversity, as well as impressive herds of elephants, pods of hippos and prides of swamp-living, tree-climbing lions – Zambia is waiting to be discovered.
Take a look at our recommended top Zambia attractions.
Wildebeest – the Serengeti holds the number one spot, but Liuwa Plain National Park is home to the second largest migration of wildebeest in Africa. Tens of thousands of wildebeest moving across the serene grassland brings with it increased opportunities at seeing impressive predators.
Bats – in November and December a small area of Kasanka National Park in the northeast of Zambia becomes the temporary home for an estimated ten million African fruit bats. The largest mammal migration on the planet.
Tree-Climbing, Swamp-Living Lions – Kafue National Park is home to some of the most uniquely adapted lions in the world. In an area that is often water and marsh covered, lions have thrived in the location, even showing an unusual affinity for tree climbing.
Victoria Falls – this World Heritage site is as impressive it gets. The Smoke That Thunders or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Tonga origin of the name) name is more than fitting, with a deafening noise and water spray in the air that creates its own thunderous smoke like drama visible from miles away. A combination of impressive width and height makes Victoria Falls the largest waterfall in the world. The falls can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, but the rainy season on the Zambia side is perhaps the most impressive.
Devil’s Pool – for anyone that thinks seeing Victoria Falls is not impressive enough, the brave can swim right to the edge in the famous Devil’s Pool on Livingstone Island. Guided tours are compulsory and a swim in the pool is only permitted when the water level is low enough. Jump in, let the rushing water carry you to the rocky edge and take your seat in the Devil’s Armchair…the scariest armchair you’re ever likely to find yourself in.
Zambezi River – winding through six countries on its journey to the Indian Ocean, the Zambezi is home to crocodiles, elephants, hippos, fish and spectacular birding. Whether you take a gentle canoe trip on the Zambezi or a wild white-water rafting experience at the base of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River is an experience of a lifetime.
Lower Zambezi National Park – arguably the last truly pristine African wilderness, Lower Zambezi National Park is largely untouched and unspoiled. Large herds of elephant, common sightings of leopard and lion and hundreds of bird species congregate in the flood plain and around the river. Best appreciated by canoe.
Liuwa Plain National Park – located in Zambia’s Western Province, Liuwa Plain, as its name suggests is a beautiful collection of African grassland, plains and pans. The park’s big draw is the wildebeest migration, the second largest of its kind in Africa, as well as the impressive numbers of hyena and African wild dog. Liuwa has a number of community supporting campsites and its effective programme of conservation has helped promote significant growth in wildlife populations.
Kasanka National Park – best known as the migration gathering point for ten million African fruit bats every year, Kasanka is Zambia’s first privately run national park. At a little under 400km2 Kasanka is one of the smaller parks, but it’s five rivers, marshlands and forest is home to 114 mammal species (including the swamp dwelling sitatunga antelope) and 471 bird species.
South Luangwa National Park – if it’s diversity you are after, then South Luangwa is the park for you. Impressive buffalo herds, pods of hippos, lots of crocodiles, great chances to see leopard and over 400 bird species, ensure an impressive African safari experience. The convenience of Mfuwe airport makes this National Park particularly accessible.