Traveling to Zambia is a tick off the bucket list for the adventurer with its beautiful landscape and abundance of wildlife, where night time means exchanging stories around the campfire while listening to the African bush and its amazing night sounds. Often overlooked in favour of its neighbours, Zambia offers a truly welcoming and exceptional safari experience for experienced travellers that prefer the road less travelled.
We will focus on the three main attractions of this beautiful country.
- Victoria Falls.
David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary, officially discovered the Victoria Falls although it had been revered by local tribes through the ages. He named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain. Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
Nothing beats the hair raising and hair wetting walk across the footbridge, through swirling clouds of mist. If the water is low, or the wind is favourable, you’ll be treated to a magnificent view of the falls as well as the gasping void below, be prepared to be drenched in the spray of the mighty falls.
Note during the dry season (from August to January) the water flow can be low to non-existent, in which case it’s recommended that you cross over to the Zimbabwe side for a look at the main falls; visas are available at the border.
- South Luangwa National Park.
For scenery, variety and density of animals, South Luangwa National Park is one of the best parks in Zambia, if not Africa. Impalas, puku’s, waterbucks, giraffes, and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains. Leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands and finding these elusive predators are prized by keen photographers. Visitors can enjoy spectacular sights of herds of elephant’s strolling through the marshes and hippos grazing leisurely on Nile cabbage in the Luangwa River. The bird life is also tremendous: about 400 species have been recorded. A true bird lover’s paradise.
Much of the park is inaccessible because of rains between November and April.
- Lake Kariba.
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake. Its Zambia’s Riveira and offers amazing views and incredible sunsets. Here the pace slows down and one can truly soak up the pristine natural surroundings whilst on holiday as the call of the Fish Eagle sounds across the tranquil lake waters. Spend your time on a houseboat having a cold one watching the sunset or a full moon with its reflection over this wonderful lake.
So what are you waiting for, come and see this beautiful country and all the wonders it has to offer.
(written by Riaan Geldenhuys)