Experience game-rich national parks, walking & night safaris, plus the legendary Victoria Falls on a luxury Zambia safari

Meet the big cats of South Luangwa National Park

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.

If you can tear yourself away from Zambia’s national parks, you’ll visit the capital, Lusaka and the historical town of Livingstone, the gateway to breathtaking Victoria Falls.

The falls enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status and hold a deserved place on a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

There’s a wide range of activities to enjoy at the falls, from spray-filled hikes and border-hopping over to Zimbabwe, plus 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.

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Where to go in Zambia

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.

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