Zambia: Africa's most unspoilt safari

Of late, Zambia has been billed as one of southern Africa’s up-and-coming holiday destinations – and with good reason. Apart from its reputation as one of the safest countries on the continent, Zambia’s boasts some of the most unspoilt landscapes in Africa. With 19 national parks and 17 waterfalls dotted across the country, it’s no wonder Zambia is regarded as an ideal safari destination.

One of Zambia’s biggest draw cards is Victoria Falls, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site the country shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. While 75% of the Falls may be next-door, Zambia lays claim to Devil’s Pool, a natural “infinity pool” perched on the edge of Victoria Falls which is bound to thrill even the most hardened adrenaline junkie. Zambia’s most popular reserve is South Luangwa National Park. Touted as the ‘birthplace of the walking safari’, South Luangwa is one of the most unspoilt reserves on the continent. Kafue National Park (Zambia’s largest reserve) and the Lower Zambezi National Park offer equally astounding experiences for intrepid safari-goers.

Most visitors to Zambia arrive at either Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone or at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport just outside of Lusaka, the capital city. The latter in particular is well served by international airlines and its central location makes it an ideal entry point for those wishing to discover Zambia’s magic.

Highlights

  • Home to a whopping 19 national parks, making this one of Africa’s best game-viewing destinations
  • 17 waterfalls, including Victoria Falls and its thrilling Devil’s Pool
  • South Luangwa National Park, the so-called ‘birthplace of the walking safari’ and one of the continent’s most unspoilt safari spots
  • Kafue National Park, the country’s largest reserve, is a paradise for bird-watchers with over 400 species of birdlife recorded there
  • Lower Zambezi National Park offers thrilling canoe safaris and sunset cruises
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