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Zambia Safari African Wildlife Tours

Zambia has recently begun protecting its wildlife with new government controls on hunting and poaching. It is hoped that Zambia will one day restore the large game populations it had in the 1970’s, but it still retains a modest, but sophisticated, safari operation. Zambia is not a destination for the safari novice, but rather for those interested in remote locations that still provide a good standard of lodging and the occasional seasonal bush camp. Although the wildlife diversity is not as impressive as some of its neighbours, the concentrations of some animals are superb and the regions to explore will yield plenty of sightings. Without a doubt, there are excellent safaris available in Zambia, but mainly for the knowledgeable visitor.

The main hub for safaris is Victoria Falls. A bridge acts as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and whilst a base for adventure travel exists on the Zimbabwean side, the area in Zambia is far quieter. The Falls tumble from the Zambezi River, and it is possible to take part in white water rafting on this adrenaline producing stretch of water. Some travellers choose to stay in the old colonial town of Livingstone, ten kilometres from Victoria Falls, but there are some charming lodges on the bank of the river itself, which make a more tranquil setting.

The Zambezi, Luangwa and Kafue National Parks

There are three major national parks in Zambia, all of which are well worth exploring. The Lower Zambezi National Park is the most recent. The majority of game is situated at the bottom of the valley, and although it is in less abundance than the other parks, this geographical concentration helps safari tours track the animals without too much trouble. The Zambezi River produces tiny reed islands, and boat trips allow visitors to see hippos and crocodiles at close quarters as they pass through the different channels.

The South Luangwa National Park is pure wilderness…the remoteness of its location at the limits of the Great Rift Valley has produced some rare examples of wildlife, and it is renowned as one of the best sanctuaries in the world. Safaris in this park are impressive in their remoteness, and there are many varieties of game and birds that survive around the Luangwa River. Those also seeking a sighting of big predators are unlikely to be disappointed.

The final park in the Zambian triumvirate is Kafue National Park. This is the largest park in Zambia, and is double the size of the US’s Yellowstone Park. Despite the lack of giraffe, this park still claims over four hundred species of wildlife. Different landscapes offer opportunities to see particular animals, from the grassy ‘dambos’ with grazing antelope, to the receding floodplains with the occasional hippo trapped in shallow pools