When we think of wildlife viewing in Zambia, South Luangwa National Park and the opportunity to enjoy walking and night safaris comes to mind.
South Luangwa National Park was the first to embrace walking safaris in Africa and is also well known for its night game drives. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife including 60 animal species and over 400 different birds, although sadly you won’t find rhinos in the park due to poaching in the past. The Luangwa River flows through its heart and is home to a huge concentration of hippos, with an estimated 50 hippos per kilometre of the river.
In the Lower Zambezi National Park you’ll find excellent game viewing either by land or on a relaxing boat trip on the Zambezi River. You can drift by elephants, buffaloes and waterbuck on the water’s edge. The park is also home to big cats including lions and leopards, and birdlife such as fish eagles.
Most wildlife visitors to Zambia also include a trip to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders”. The waterfall is one of the largest in the world standing 108 metres high and 1.7 kilometres wide. During the height of the rainy season the spray from the falls can be seen for miles, whereas come June to July the water is still high, but the spray has lessened and allows you the best viewing of the falls at full flow. In the dry season the rocky face of the falls is visible.
Zambia is less developed than many other African safari destinations, but no less spectacular, and offers you the chance of a less crowded safari experience with the added excitement of walking safaris and night safaris, not to mention the awesome might of Victoria Falls.