Zambia is home to the massive Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, abundant wildlife, and raw wilderness, all in one friendly welcoming country.
It offers many rewards for those exploring its remote, mesmerising wilderness in this landlocked country. There are adventures for all within this educational and fascinating part of Africa.
The three great rivers – the Kafue, the Luangwa and the Zambezi – flow through Zambia providing spectacular waterways for those that need an adrenaline-thrill or relaxing beautiful locations. Because there are fewer crowds in Zambia, you can enjoy the landscapes, ancient African customs and their rhythms, at a relaxed and casual pace.
Then there is the wildlife! In the dramatic Kafue National Park - covering 22,500 square km and one of the biggest in the world, see elusive leopards and many other varieties of animals from the predatory, to herbivorous and over 500 species of birds. The stunning landscape varies in terrain from lush riverine forests that fringe the Kafue River to the vast grassland of the Busanga Plains. Cruise down the wild Zambezi River past pods of hippos, crocodiles lying in wait for the next meal and thirsty elephants. In Liuwa Plain National Park witness as the wildebeest migration unfolds at Zambia's 'mini Serengeti'. At the same time, in the north, relax on the white sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika.
Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning the 'smoke that thunders') is jointly shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, and as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is a significant drawcard. Victoria Falls is a raging mile-long curtain of water with multiple viewing options from helicopter rides to precariously peering over the edge from Devil's Pools. Thrill-seekers can raft and bungee jump into the mighty Zambezi River.
Almost guaranteed are spectacular daily sunsets, a perfect way to end the day after exploring this country blessed with so many awe-inspiring wonders.
May to October, the dry season, is considered one of the best times for seeing wildlife in Zambia. September to October in the Lower Zambezi and the Luangwa Valley can be hot but, but if you sightings as the animals vie for limited water sources and the wet season approaches.
Victoria Falls on the Zambia side is best visited at the end of the rainy season from March to May when the river is full, and the falls are thundering at their peak.
However, be prepared to get drenched by the spray! Either bring or hire (just inside the gates) a raincoat and umbrella. Maybe plan around a full moon when the park is open in the evenings so you can see the fantastic lunar rainbow. Tickets do cost a little extra, but it’s worth it.
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