Zambia is named after the mighty Zambezi River and has 19 national parks and reserves, some of these are amongst the best on the African continent. Zambia is slightly more off the beaten track and was once only suited for the more adventurous traveler. This has changed somewhat over the last decade and Zambia has opened up to the international market featuring some amazing safari experiences, lodges and camps. There are fewer staff in most of the reserves and parks and poaching is still a threat but this has decreased in recent years. The best time to view game is in the dry season when wildlife concentrates around the drying up waterholes and rivers. The rainy season is known as the Emerald season because of the thick, lush vegetation. Zambia is pure, untamed Africa with massive rivers, wildlife migrations, lush wetlands, incredible birdlife, great Tiger fishing and the legendary Victoria Falls and for the serious safari enthusiast should not be missed.

Useful Information

  • Capital: Lusaka
  • Currency: Zambian kwacha
  • President: Michael Sata
  • Official language: English
  • Government: Presidential system, Representative democracy, Republic

Parks and Reserves

Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia

The Bangweulu Wetlands and Swamps are found in northern Zambia. The ecosystem spans a large area and is rich in biodiversity. It is made up of the Bangweulu Swamps, lakes…

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Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, and is the second largest park in Africa. It is situated within an easy few hours drive of…

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Lake Kariba

Lying along Zimbabwe's northern border with Zambia is the inspiring Lake Kariba, stretching 220 km in length and up to 40 km in breadth at its widest point. There are…

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Tours and Trips

4-Day Kafue Canoe Trail

On this 4-day canoe trail through Zambia's Kafue National Park, explore the most magnificent stretch of the Kafue river. This is Zambia's largest National Park. Experience wildlife, game drives and…

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Duration: 4 Days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Zambia - East to West Tour

Looking to see all the natural splendour of Zambia? This safari tour from 'East to West' in Zambia includes the highlights of Zambia's pristine National Parks. We will spend four…

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Bush Camp Walking Safaris

Looking to do a walking safari in absolute style? Then there is no better place to do so than walking the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The park is…

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Duration: 2 to 10 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Red Lechwe
Sitatunga

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Leopard
Elephant

BIRDS
Shoebill
Wattled Crane
Bohm's Bee-eater
Racket-tailed Roller
Spotted creeper

REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Black-necked Spitting Cobra

TREES
Mopane
Baobab
Sausage Tree

HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Wetland
Grassland
Open Water
Savannah Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 7.5
Trees: 8.5
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