Primarily considered a seasonal safari destination, Zambia holds some of the most remote and untouched savannahs Sub-Saharan Africa has to offer.
Uncompromised, Zambia comes alive when the rains subside, and flocks of colourful and broody avian species infiltrate the vast plains and waterways for seasonal breeding. It’s an extravaganza second to none, yet only compliments the impressive populations of free-roaming wildlife.
Zambia is a gloriously wild and untouched African country, just perfect for those seeking a remote and authentic safari experience. But make no mistake, Zambia offers plenty of luxurious safari camps and lodges, many of which are Safari Guru favourites.
Landlocked Zambia's southern border with Zimbabwe sits on the mighty Zambezi River at one of Africa's most famous landmarks, the magnificent Victoria Falls. This popular area for safari goers forms the rare confluence of four countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. In truth, apart from a few safari purists in the know, this country remains relatively unknown as a safari destination.
The secret is getting out. Still, it provides an authentic wilderness experience across vast open savannah and woodland without the crowds, thus providing an unpredictable safari experience.
From rustic to authentic to luxurious, the small and intimate safari lodges and camps add to this feeling of being in an extraordinary location. This exciting safari destination is also famed for its walking safaris. A walking safari is a thrilling experience as you watch and sometimes track for big game and marvel at the smaller creatures away from the noise of a vehicle. Many of Safari Guru's preferred accommodations also offer canoeing, boating, day and night safari and hot-air ballooning experiences.
The town of Livingstone is a popular starting point for safari visitors wishing to visit the famous Victorian Falls or end their safari at this peaceful destination, sitting along the evocative watery banks of the Zambezi. Livingstone has an international airport allowing for short-haul inter-African flights. However, the capital city of Lusaka is a significant hub enabling many international links.
Zambia has extensive wilderness areas preferred by seasoned travellers and photographic enthusiasts, with the most popular being South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, and the Kafue National Park. These areas have substantial wildlife populations with vastly different scenery and environments, making it a one-stop destination for many. Zambia is a seasonal safari destination outside of the Victoria Falls region, as much of its remote and untouched savannahs are only accessible during its dry season - generally from April to November.
Further, in common with many of Africa's other remote areas, the remoteness and lack of light pollution lead to nightly views of a hugely impressive blanket of stars, including mind-boggling views of Southern Africa's shimmering Milky Way.
SA Airlink offers daily scheduled flights into South Africa for international connections, and several local airlines offer links between Lusaka and Maun Botswana for more safari connections.
Zambia safari itineraries complement well with Botswana or Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls or South Africa. For further reading and understanding of the travel requirements for Zambia, please visit our Zambia Safari Requirements page.
Deon has not only worked in the safari industry for many years but has a huge passion for the bush and helping people achieve their dream of ‘going on safari’. It was always an absolute delight dealing with Deon, and he went absolutely out of his way to ensure that our trip to Zambia was perfect in every way.
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