Classic Zambia Safari & Victoria Falls
The best that Zambia has to offer, from wildlife watching at national parks, to adrenaline activities at Victoria Falls.
Zambia is Africa’s best kept secret, treasured by those who have visited and want to keep it that way. An under-the-radar safari destination with wildlife watching opportunities by road, river and on foot; a luxury Zambia holiday offers unique experiences, such as the thundering cascades of Victoria Falls, intrepid walking safaris and the rare treat of a game drive after dark.
South Luangwa National Park is known for big game and big cats, and one of only a few national parks in Africa where you can participate in a night safari to see nocturnal predators come alive for the hunt.
Meanwhile, remote North Luangwa offers a chance to see the recently reintroduced rhino, which makes Zambia a Big Five safari destination once more due to its successful breeding programme.
Lower Zambezi National Park provides game-rich wildlife watching by vehicle and on foot, but also by canoe and river cruise.
Drift down the currents of the Zambezi with hippos and crocodiles to see wildlife come to drink at the water’s edge or try your hand at hooking a toothy tigerfish on a fishing expedition.
Kafue is the largest and oldest of Zambia’s national parks, but also one of the least explored. Covering a size roughly the same as Massachusetts or Wales, a safari here means unspoiled wilderness, a glimpse into Africa before safari tourism and a truly off-the-beaten-track experience.
The falls have UNESCO World Heritage status and hold a coveted place on a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and deservedly so.
There’s a wide range of activities to enjoy at the falls, from spray-filled hikes and border-hopping over to Zimbabwe; to adrenaline-inducing experiences such as bungee jumping, helicopter rides, abseiling, ziplining and swimming out to the precarious Devil’s Pool.
Often overshadowed by big name safari destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, Zambia is sometimes nicknamed Real Africa.
Get in on the secret of Zambia to discover what Africa was like when wildlife roamed the riverbanks and wetlands without borders. On a Zambia safari tour, you’ll experience the true wild.
Our luxury Zambia holidays cater to all groups and tastes. We have several suggested itineraries to choose from and customise, as well as the option to create a tailor made Zambia tour from scratch, personalised to your needs and preferences. For the highlights, take a look at our Classic Zambia Safari & Victoria Falls holiday. For a whirlwind tour of wildlife, try the one-week South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi National Parks.
Newlyweds will love our romantic Zambia Honeymoon, whilst families will enjoy the child-friendly activities and accommodation on our Zambia Family Safari Holiday. Adventurous types will want Zambia Off the Beaten Track, whilst those who appreciate the finer things will love a Luxury Zambia Holiday and animal-lovers will relate to the Zambia Wildlife Holiday.
In general, the best time to visit Zambia is the dry season (roughly between June and October), when temperatures are more comfortable and there is less rain. Shrinking water sources and peeled back vegetation make wildlife watching easier, as animals are drawn to the remaining water supply, mostly Zambia’s network of rivers. However, Victoria Falls can be enjoyed at any time of year, with plenty of things to see and do in the region. Generally, water activities are best when water levels are low and the current isn’t too strong, whilst activities on land or in the air are best when water levels are high and you get the best views.
South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi are Zambia’s two most popular national parks, with game-rich parklands and gorgeous river settings. Both offer excellent wildlife watching opportunities with game drives and walking safaris (Zambia’s speciality). However, South Luangwa is noted for its night game drives, whilst Lower Zambezi is known for water activities such as canoe safaris, fishing trips and sunset river cruises. If you’re looking to get more off the beaten path, then the remote North Luangwa National Park and less frequented Kafue National Park are where you’re likely to get the wilderness all to yourself.
Outside of the national parks, Zambia’s capital city Lusaka is where most international visitors arrive and depart, and a short stay here offers an insight into life in a modern African city. However, one of the country’s biggest attractions is the majestic Victoria Falls, which inspires awe into everyone who visits with its sheer size and power.
There are a wide range of luxury safari lodges and boutique hotels to choose from in Zambia. Our accommodation recommendations include the laidback and family-friendly Flatdogs Camp at South Luangwa National Park, the sophisticated upcycled chic of Latitude 15° in Lusaka and the gorgeous riverside villas of the award-winning Time + Tide Chinzombo, also in South Luangwa. Relax in some of Zambia’s most beautiful safari lodges and camps, whether it’s a remote fly camp out in the bush where you can fall asleep listening to the sounds of wildlife through the canvas, to stunning stilted treetop suites with verandahs overlooking pods of hippos bathing in the Zambezi.