Safaris in Zambia
In our opinion Zambia is Southern Africa’s most productive safari destination. You’ll find great wildlife, top guides and exceptional value.
The country’s reputation as a top destination was set in the 1980’s by a small cadre of conservationists. This is where the likes of Norman Carr, Phil Berry and Robin Pope ran early walking safaris in the remote Luangwa Valley.
The tradition here is now well established with a strong pool of Professional Guides who operate from small bush camps. As a result the travel circuit has become increasingly popular over the last decade. You’ll find high standards of hosting, abundant game and camps and lodges offering excellent value.
The lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue make up the rest of the mainstream spots in the country. Livingstone near Victoria Falls is the most commercial tourist centre. (Vic Falls on the Zimbabwean shoreline of the Zambezi is the better of the two spots if Victoria Falls itself is on your travel agenda.)
Zambia is ideal for first-timers on safari. Seasoned African travellers needn’t dig too deep for some of the lesser known secrets in the Liuwa Plains, Kasanka or Bangweulu swamps. We strongly recommend the small and remoter camps in the Luangwa and on the lower Zambezi. We have some truly rewarding expeditionary trips which we run on set dates each year.
When to visit Zambia
We run safaris all year round but the best safari areas are quite seasonal. You’re likely to find Livingstone and the Vic Falls hub quite busy through the year.
- The traditional safari season runs through July to September. This is when game and weather conditions are great. But do expect to pay a premium during this high season.
- To get the best out a safari here you should give special thought to the “champagne” months in May and June.
- Our real secret season is later October into December when the rains start.
- We run green season safaris during the wet summer months from November through to April. Great birding, good game, excellent rates and few crowds!
We treat this as one of the best safari hot spots in Africa. It’s especially good for families with a good selection of small and private lodges.
Photo-credits (Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris; John and Carol Coppinger)
A walking safari between two remote and seasonal camps in the Luangwa’s Chikoko area along elephant and hippo trails
Kafue and Victoria Falls
Kafue – the largest and oldest national park and Victoria Falls – one of the original natural wonders of the world… what more can we say!
Get into the heart of Zambia’s premier wildlife hotspot… luxury bushcamps, excellent cuisine and top notch Professional Guides
A typical 8 day safari which combines remote spots in both North and South Luangwa – suitable for families and small groups.
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Best safari locations
Bangweulu Swamps north of Kasanka National Park in east is a birder's paradise and holds a massive population of Black Lechwe
Chimfunshi is a chimpanzee orphanage and sanctuary that started in 1983 allows visitors on a self-catering basis on the farm
Kafue National Park, ideal for first timers and seasoned African travellers, southern Africa's best spot for a balloon safari over the Busanga Plains
One of Africa's better kept secrets, Kasanka National Park plays host to Africa's largest mammal migration every November and December
Home to Africa's 2nd largest wildebeest migration which is at its very best in November ideally combined with Kasanka for the annual bat migration
Near the border on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls you'll find Livingstone, a safari launch point into the four neighbouring countries
Designated in 1972 Lochinvar is known for it's Kafue lechwe, birdlife, hot springs, echoing rocks and caves, remnants of Iron Age villages and baobabs
The Lower Zambezi National Park includes a handful of excellent camps and safari lodges along the lower stretch of the Zambezi River
The South Luangwa and North Luangwa National Parks are known for big game and first class safaris hosted by some of Africa's top Professional Guides
Mutinondo Wilderness is a kaleidoscope of rocky outcrops, rivers and streams with lovely waterfalls, woodlands and grassy dambos
Nchila Reserve Zambia between Angola and the Congo (DRC)
The North Luangwa National Park is beautiful, rugged, raw Africa at its best and an excellent place for walking safaris and photography
Shiwa Ngandu has a fascinating history and deserves a visit to this family-run mansion to gain an idea of Sir Stuart Gore-Browne's vision
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the country's finest wildlife sanctuary with high density animal populations, memorable scenery and walking safaris
Victoria Falls is Africa's adventure capital and hub for wildlife safaris with easy access in the best safari destinations
The west is difficult to explore and includes the Barotse (Zambezi) floodplain, Sioma Ngwezi National Park and Liuwa Plain National Park