Zambia: River of God

Zambia, a large, landlocked country in Southern Africa, is named after the Zambezi, meaning "River of God". The Zambezi River courses along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, where it cascades at Victoria Falls, and ultimately flows through Mozambique and into the Indian Ocean. The natural beauty of Zambia can be found in the immaculate wildlife and nature reserves, and the diversity of species, known as one of the best in Africa. There are well over 700 different bird species to be seen, making it a popular birding destination, while endemic mammals in pristine national parks attract all sorts of wildlife lovers. South and North Luangwa, Kafue, Victoria Falls, and Lower Zambezi are probably the most famous Zambian safari destinations, and they are populated with adventure-based and luxury safari camps.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is perhaps Zambia’s most well-known and popular safari destination. It is located in the east of the country in the Luangwa River valley and supports very large herds of Cape buffalo, elephants, leopard, lion, and African wild dog. It is famous for walking safaris, pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s, and it is maintained that this is one of the most exhilarating and pristine walking safari experiences in Africa. Predator sightings are high, due to the mass congregations of wildlife along the Luangwa River, creating unbeatable and unforgettable safari sightings.

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Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park is all about the presence of the enormous Zambezi River, which forms the border with Mana Pools National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The water attracts a rich presence of wildlife, especially huge elephant herds, buffalo, lechwe, and hippo. Birdlife is, as expected, amazing. The coursing river, which feeds into Victoria Falls further southwest of the park, is home to a broad variety of wading birds, kingfishers, fish eagles, Pel’s fishing owls, and hundreds of warblers and reed-loving species.

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Victoria Falls

The world-famous Victoria Falls, named by David Livingstone after Queen Victoria, is one of the most phenomenal natural attractions and popular destinations in Southern Africa. Its indigenous Tonga name, Mosi-ua-Tunya, means The Smoke That Thunders, which is an apt description for the incredible mass of falling water between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Considered the largest waterfall in the world for its combined width (1.7km) and height (108m), Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders, and a World Heritage Site.

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Kafue National Park

This is Zambia’s oldest and largest national park, and it is one of the largest parks in Africa with an area of over 22000 square kilometres. It is within 2 hours’ drive of the capital, Livingstone, but despite its prestigious location, it remains superbly unchartered with much of it still standing as virgin territory. The rainy season makes much of Kafue inaccessible, but there are year-round camps and lodges, which offers accommodation during the majestic green season.

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