The finest spot to begin your Zambian experience is Lusaka. The capital and largest city in the nation, Lusaka is home to more than 2 million people and is also its economic center. A terrific spot to unwind and become acquainted with southern Africa is Lusaka. Try one of the many wonderful restaurants, such the Bongwe Pub & Grill, a popular hangout for expats and tourists. Visit the Lilayi Elephant Nursery on the city’s outskirts to get a glimpse of the local animals. They assist in saving and caring for elephants that have been abandoned in Kafue National Park. You may see them being fed and taken care of here.
Visit the Sunday crafts market if you are in town over the weekend and peruse the selection of handmade trinkets, including jewelry, artwork, and crafts. Refine your negotiating abilities since all rates are negotiable. The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Zambia’s National Museum are two other highlights in Lusaka.
Victoria Falls must be on any list of the top tourist destinations in Zambia, or southern Africa, for that matter. Between Zambia and Zimbabwe, on the Zambezi River, stands this breathtaking waterfall. Despite being nearly a mile long and rising to a height of 355 feet, Vic Falls does not appear on any lists of the biggest or widest waterfalls in the world. The Victoria Falls mythology will transport you back to the time when Dr. Livingston first saw Mosi-oa-Tunya, also known as “Smoke that Thunders” in Tonga, and said that “sceneries so exquisite must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
Adrenaline enthusiasts may go bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and take in views of the falls’ rainbow from a helicopter or micro flight.
South Luangwa National Park
Go directly to South Luangwa National Park if you want to be where the action is. One of the biggest concentrations of species on the continent may be found in the park, which is home to a sizable population of elephant, giraffe, and Cape Buffalo. The Luangwa River valley, which is home to sizable populations of crocodiles and hippos, is where South Luangwa National Park dips down from the high ranges. When visiting the park in the dry season (July to October), when the animals concentrate on the banks of the Luangwa River, you’ll have the best opportunity of seeing a ton of wildlife. Be ready to witness lions and leopards attempting to catch some supper, though!
For one of their renowned walking safaris where you can really immerse yourself in this beautiful countryside, check into the Croc Valley Camp. In addition to teaching you animal tracking techniques while you walk through the African bush, knowledgeable guides will inform you on government anti-poaching and conservation initiatives.
Kafue National Park
The crown gem of Zambia’s national parks is Kafue National Park. Kafue, which was established in 1924, is the second-largest protected wildlife reserve in Africa and the oldest in the nation. In the center of Zambia, the park covers 22,400 square kilometers. The Busanga Plains and Wetlands are located far to the north of Kafue and are home to sizable herds of antelope, wildebeests, zebras, and the elusive cheetah. Hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in southern Africa may be found in the Kafue River. As you watch the many elephants traverse the savannah, you may also be able to observe wild African dogs hiding in the tall grass.
From Lusaka and Livingstone, Kafue is conveniently accessible by road. You’ll receive game if you stay at Musungwa Safari Lodge drives, boat rides, and walking safaris.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
You must stop in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park if you are going to the town of Livingstone. The Victoria Falls region and the wildlife sector are the two sections of the park (this area is less than 2 miles from Livingstone).
The park’s white rhino population is its main attraction. Book a walking trip with Livingstone Rhino Walks if you want to see them up up and personal. Since there are no predators in Mosi-oa-Tunya, you may drive alone and enjoy fantastic views of elephant, giraffe, zebra, and other antelope as you travel between Livingstone and Vic Falls. If you’re brave enough, you may walk the slender platforms of the Knife-Edge Bridge, which spans the actual falls!
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Lower Zambezi is a breathtaking reserve that stretches out along the Zambezi River’s sparkling waters. There are many wonderful locations to stay in the region, but a canoe safari with Baines’ River Camp is the finest way to experience the park. You may get the exclusive African escape of your dreams when you stay at Baine’s.
There are several different types of landscapes in this unspoiled wilderness, including grassland, woodland, and floodplain, which all sustain a huge variety of wildlife. Drift past the submerged hippos while Nile crocodiles sun themselves on the riverbanks as you lose yourself in the lovely waters. Your tour will be secure and tranquil thanks to the knowledgeable guides. You can also enjoy some fly fishing, take guided walks, and enjoy a sunset river cruise.
The prize for having the biggest artificial reservoir in the world goes to Lake Kariba. It was erected in the late 1950s when the Kariba Dam was constructed in the Zambezi River basin. More than 139 miles of Zimbabwe’s coastline border Lake Kariba. In landlocked Zambia, the lake truly stands out, giving the impression that you are looking out over the ocean.
A houseboat vacation is a well-liked pastime on Lake Karib. You frequently see hippos, crocs, birds, and elephants as you float along admiring the scenery. You’ll be in the thick of everything if you stay at the Lake Kariba Inn. You have access to spas, fine restaurants, and night cruises on the Lake or visit the nearby Siavonga Market to learn all about traditional Zambia cuisine.
Shiwa Ngandu Manor House
You wouldn’t be the only one to think an English-style country mansion was out of place in Zambia. A young British soldier called Stewart Gore-Browne constructed Shiwa Ngandu in Zambia’s Northern Province. He took this action after being moved by the scenery’s stunning natural beauty. You may reserve a room at the manor home and take advantage of a range of activities, such as horseback riding safaris, boating, fishing, and hiking. If you are on a safari in the South Luangwa National Park, you may go there from the Mfuwe Airport, or you can fly into their private airstrip from Lusaka.
Mwela Rocks National Monument
Around 700 2,000-year-old rock drawings created by the Twa, Stone Age hunter-gatherers, may be found in many caves. National Park Service guides will attempt to decipher the significance of the rock art and offer information on what life was like for the cave dwellers. Although the region is lovely, you won’t find any luxury in this location.
The Kalebalika Cottages in the neighboring village of Kasama provide cozy accomodation at an affordable rate if you want to stay the night. Taxis may take you from the city to the monument. Check out the stunning Chishimba Falls while you’re in the region; it’s right across from the town.
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
Chimfunshi Animals Orphanage is located approximately 40 miles northwest of the Copperbelt town of Chingola if you need a break from all the wildlife you see on a safari. About 130 adult and young chimpanzees reside in this incredibly cool sanctuary, which is administered by Sheila Siddle and her daughter. In the DRC or other regions of Africa, the majority of the chimpanzees were saved from poachers and traffickers. Seeing the chimps frolic and romp in a safe setting is worth the journey even if this is not a reserve. The admission charges preserve the lives of several abused chimpanzees while also assisting in the orphanage’s financial viability. You can volunteer at Chimfunshi if you have the time, but you must dedicate at least