Zambia Authentic Safari
Zambia has some of the wildest and most remote wildlife areas in Africa. It is also off the main tourism route, so you can really experience an authentic safari, feeling like the early explorers would have – a combination of awe, adventure, and discovery in an untouched wilderness with amazing wildlife experiences. Take a moonlit cruise on the mighty Zambezi and a walking safari for incredible encounters with wildlife on foot. The magnificent Victoria Falls is the icing on the cake.
Kafue National Park
On your first morning, you will take a charter flight to Kafue National Park, one of the largest parks in Africa. Remote and wild, Kafue’s varied habitats include woodlands and wide-open plains, wetlands, floodplains, and swamps, while its three rivers support a great abundance of game. Common sightings include lions, wild dogs, hippo, crocodile, elephant, nearly 500 species of birds, and large numbers of plains game such as puku, red lechwe, hartebeest, oribi, buffalo, and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Zambia to spot cheetah. Enjoy morning and night game drives, walking safaris, boating, birding, and even seasonal hot air balloon rides, which offer a unique opportunity to view the scenery and wildlife. For anyone looking for an off-the-beaten-path safari, Kafue delivers exclusivity and excellent game viewing with barely another soul in sight!
South Luangwa National Park
Take another charter flight to South Luangwa National Park, one of the most untouched wilderness areas left in Africa, and one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. This enormous park of 3500 square miles is home to a great abundance of animals, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, and over 400 species of birds, which often can be found at the Luangwa River and its lovely lagoons. Although elusive, leopards are often seen throughout the South Luangwa National Park. The park is also renowned for its knowledgeable guides and walking safaris, which provide guests with the opportunity to explore on foot, learning about the smaller things, such as animal tracks and spoor, plants and their traditional medicinal uses, birdlife, and insects.
Fly to the Mighty Zambezi
Today, you will head to the Mfuwe airport for your flight to the Lower Zambezi National Park, a vast, undeveloped wildlife area that still retains the essence of true wilderness. It has been designated a World Heritage site due to its remarkable concentration of wildlife, including large herds of elephant and buffalo, Nile crocodile, lion, leopard, wild dog, waterbuck, diverse birdlife, and more. You are not likely to see many other vehicles here and you will feel truly immersed in the bush, which is still untouched by the modern world. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary. The mighty Zambezi flows through the park and the majestic Zambezi escarpment is a dramatic backdrop, creating a spectacularly scenic location for a safari. In addition to game drives, there are canoe safaris, enabling visitors to view the wildlife along the riverbed, as well as night safaris to search for nocturnal wildlife, scouting for hyaena, porcupine, civet, genet, and honey badger.
Take your final morning game drive on the way to the airstrip for your flight back to Lusaka or Livingstone to connect with your international flight home. If you have the time, you may also consider adding on Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zimbabwe, or Malawi.