As the home of the guided walking safari, Zambia is no stranger to hospitality. Holidays to this landlocked African country are very much about luxury safaris, with a slightly lesser emphasis on adrenaline packed activities. There is a wide range of Zambian accommodation available to suit your particular needs, and Victoria Falls, located near Livingstone
on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is also a big draw card.
Mosi-oa-Tunya, as the Falls are also known, is the largest waterfall in the world and is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here Zambian accommodation is at its most luxurious, with numerous exclusive hotels lining the banks of the Zambezi River in order to offer guests the best views of this magical place, and easy access to the exciting activities on offer.
Bungee jumping, kayaking, elephant-back rides, helicopter flips, and white water rafting are just some of the things you can do at the Victoria Falls
, near Livingstone. Game viewing along the river and in the neighbouring parks allows you to get your wildlife fix while still near the Falls. Expect to see lots of hippos, crocodile and elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and many species of birds.
Further up and down the Zambezi, and around the Kafue
and Luangwa Rivers
, the focus shifts back to luxury Zambian Safaris, with a wider range of ways to explore the wilderness on offer. Guided walks are the most popular, closely followed by drives – of both the day and night variety.
At Kafue, you can spend time spotting a huge range of local wildlife in a variety of habitats - along three different rivers, among wetlands and woodlands, and on the seasonal floodplains. If you are lucky, your luxury safari in Zambia
may even include a sighting of the famous tree-climbing lions of Kafue, or the resident herd of rare roan antelope.South Luangwa National Park
, offers fantastic 4-wheel drive safaris, along with amazing walking safaris, which offer a chance to spot several species endemic to this area, such as Thornicroft's giraffe, Cookson's wildebeest and Crawshay's zebra.
Not to be outdone, the Lower Zambezi National Park
provides opportunities for boat trips, canoeing, fishing, and walking safaris, from luxury accommodation on the banks of the river.
The Bangweulu Wetlands
are the place to be if you would like to take a look at the unique Shoebill; and the amazing Kasanka bats can be seen during the springtime at Kasanka National Park.
Whatever season you choose to embark on a luxury safari to Zambia, though, you are sure to find welcoming hospitality, first-class accommodation, and adventures that will fill you with awe.