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Aside from The Victoria Falls and Livingstone, Zambia’s Game reserves are relatively undiscovered treasures for those travelers seeking a more off-the-beaten path safari experience. Three diverse ecosystems offer a rich and distinctive wildlife experience with exclusive safari camps.
The Kafue National Park is one of the largest National Parks in Africa. It is fed by three rivers attracting thousands of waterbirds and due to its varied habitats it has the largest diversity of mammal species in Zambia. The wealth of plains game attracts predators, including wild dogs, cheetah and lion prides.
The South Luangwa is where Africa’s first walking safaris were pioneered and they remain one of the finest ways to experience the wonders of this land. The Luangwa is often referred to as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and for good reason. The Luangwa River and its lagoons attract a huge concentration of game and there are now a fair number of safari operators offering accommodations from budget to luxury.
The Lower Zambezi National Park lies opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools forming an enormous wildlife sanctuary. Although the diversity of game is not as wide as the other game parks, it’s lure lies in its pristine wilderness state and the opportunity to get really close to wildlife along the Zambezi channels. Huge herds of elephant are often seen at the river’s edge. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard.
In Livingstone adventure seekers have no shortage of activities to fuel that rush of adrenalin. From white water rafting, to bungee jumping, micro-lighting, helicopter rides and a swim at the edge of the Falls in Devils pool, there is an activity for every wish.
When to go
If you're planning a Zambian safari, bear in mind that the rains in Zambia come mostly from November to April and this is when most camps are closed and many unsurfaced roads in Zambia become impassable. The best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. Many camps do not open until May, however you will find some that are open all year round, particularly in the Mfuwe section of South Luangwa National Park where there are all weather roads.
Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, is an all year round destination, with the highest water levels on the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls being found usually between April and June at the end of the rainy season. In the dry season, June to November, the water levels are lower but there is less spray so you have better panoramic views. We do suggest visiting the Zimbabwean side of the Falls in the dry season, as the Falls on the Zimbabwe side have a higher water flow during those months.