African Safaris are of course the ultimate in wildlife adventure .. the lion’s roar at night, pink dusky sunrises and sunsets, the smell of the campfire and the earth after the rains … all of this plus world class guides, small luxury tented camps and superb wildlife makes Zambia my number one safari suggestion on the continent.
If you only ever go on one safari holiday to Africa, make it Zambia! Massive herds of elephants gather in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, the Busanga Plains in North Kafue National Park are home to Zambia’s only Cheetah, the rare African Wild Dog are doing well in several of Zambia’s parks and of course walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia, so there are plenty of suggestions for mobile camping or bush camping with days of enjoying natural history on foot.
Flocks of thousands of Carmine Bee-eaters nesting in the dry river banks can be seen around September time and the Emerald Season in Zambia is a great time for travelling by boat and watching animals in the flooded forests and lagoons full of colourful birds and is also the time for many baby mammals, I can recommend a Rivers and Rainbows safari week with Norman Carr Safaris in South Luangwa. Other seasonal highlights include the bat migration at Kasanka around November and the amazing Shoebill Stork which is best seen around May – June at Bangweulu swamps. One of the best locations for Birding in Zambia is Kafue National Park and I highly recommend Mayukuyuku here, a lovely small eco-camp, open all year.
And of course on the borders of Zambia – Zimbabwe is one of the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls. Visit in the rainy season and you will be deafened by the sound of thunder as waters crash down the mighty Batoka Gorge, in the dry seasons you can walk out over the top of the falls along the shores of the upper Zambezi River and picnic in the shallows. Many adrenalin sports are available around Livingstone, bungy jumping, microlighting, white water rafting, abseiling … the list goes on! For a more sedate enjoyment of the Zambezi, take a sunset cruise and watch elephants crossing the river or coming down to drink, or on the lower Zambezi river past the main rapids, take a few days canoeing, camping on islands and river banks to immerse yourself in the beauty of this watery wonderland as it meanders it’s way along to eventually join the Indian Ocean!
Zambia is a great option for a Family Safari with a selection of ‘Safari Houses’ at Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Livingstone and some fabulous specially trained family safari guides. Children can learn the art of baking in a bush kitchen, tracking wildlife on foot or fishing from a dug out canoe! Take a look at the Norman Carr Safaris family safari itinerary.
Weddings can also be arranged in Zambia – either a romantic bush wedding on safari or at the Victoria Falls are just two suggested locations. Combine a Zambian Safari with the gorgeous beaches of Lake Malawi for a honeymoon with a difference! Check out the safari honeymoons page for some ideas. If you would like a longer safari, ask me to put together an itinerary combining Zambia with Botswana for the ultimate in African Safaris! Some of the camps in Zambia have special offers and long stay discounts, have a look at the Africa specials page and ask me for details.
There are also opportunities to visit and help local schools and clinics in Zambia, including a dedicated volunteering holiday.
Julie organised our holiday to Zambia which more than met our requirements – the accommodation was excellent (we stayed with Norman Carr Safaris in South Luangwa, Mayukuyuku in Kafue and Waterberry at Livingstone), our guides for safari and birdwatching were the best available and all travel arrangements went smoothly. Julie’s attention to detail and knowledge of Zambia meant that our individual wishes were met throughout our holiday. Thank you very much!
The wildlife in Zambia is superb. We had great view of a pair of leopards walking very close to our vehicle on a night safari, a cheetah, 4 lions very close to our boat, lots of elephants walked right beside us, several different types of antelopes, 100s of hippos and crocs, as well as obliging porcupines, baboons and beautiful fireflies … and we really enjoyed getting soaked to the skin at Victoria Falls! Sunrise and sunset boat trips on the Zambezi and wonderful food. Had a lovely walk at the village and were pleased to visit the school and see the children learning with help from Waterberry Lodge. Not forgetting the great birds especially Pel’s Fishing Owl and a pair of Finfoot which were on the wish list we gave Julie before we planned the trip!
Gwynfryn & Kathryn – Zambia (February 2013)
Julie was brilliant! We had decided that we wanted to go to Zambia for a couple of weeks, and wanted to visit a couple of different national parks to see a variety of wildlife and a variety of different landscapes. Julie’s knowledge and passion for Zambia was amazing, not only had she personally visited the parks but had also spent time at many of the individual camps as well. Her knowledge meant that we were able to have “real” conversations about our trip and make the right decisions meaning that we had an unbelievable holiday.
As well as Julie’s great knowledge, her customer care was spot on! Replying to e-mails and calls immediately and taking time to get to know us and what we wanted from our holiday. Zambia was incredible, and I can’t recommend South Luangwa and Kaingo camp strongly enough, the wildlife was spectacular, great sightings on every drive; mating lions, preening leopards, bathing elephants, fighting hippos, and eagles fishing to mention just a few! We can’t wait to go back to Africa and when we do it will be through Julie.
Rob Shave – Zambia (Aug 2011)
Thank you so much for organising our amazing holiday and recommending South Luangwa in Zamibia. We have had a great time. Lodges, camps, hotels and all the transfers and pick ups were brilliant throughout Zambia, Victoria Falls and Cape Town. We loved every minute of the holiday, including the lions grumbling outside our tent at night in Kakuli Camp! Baby warthogs are so cute, but Ian’s favourite was the guinea fowl…all that way for guinea fowl! We have so many photos to go through and bore people with.
I can thoroughly recommend Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point, Cape Town. The Jazz brunch at Winchester Mansions was very relaxed and fun. Taxis into the centre cost very little and there is a bus. We walked it a couple of times, in daylight, it took about 25mins. I’m sure we will be going to Africa again and I’ll give you a call. Also if I know of anyone else wanting to do a different sort of holiday anywhere in the world I will give them your details.
Christine & Ian Bland – Zambia & Cape Town (Nov 13)
Having been to Africa several times many years ago, I wanted return to show my son what a wonderful continent it was. As a result of her extensive knowledge of Africa Julie fully understood my requirements and delivered a holiday which my son will never forget in Zambia. We could not fault the travel arrangements and were made to feel welcome where ever we went by all representatives and the staff of the camps we stayed at in South Luangwa and through their extensive knowledge of the local wildlife we truly experienced the magic of Africa. So many photos so many memories thank you Julie.
Chris & Izaak – Zambia (June 2012)
Mayukuyuku Kafue Safari Camp – fabulous eco-camp, big cat and wild dog sightings with superb hosting and setting on the river, easy access all year round from Lusaka. A perfect Zambian Safari!
South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is one of the best locations in Africa for a fabulous safari! Remote and beautiful, a haven for plentiful wildlife with world class guiding, walking safaris, night drives and luxury camps.
One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. Spend time here exploring the old town of Livingstone and experiencing a range of adventure activities.
Zambia is the perfect location for a photographic safari and one of the best safari operators here for a perfect holiday is Shenton Safaris who have photographic hides and two cosy, authentic camps in a quiet part of South Luangwa.