Overview – Zambia
Zambia is an undiscovered safari gem. Victoria Falls, in all its powerful splendor, is on many people’s bucket list. But delve deeper and you’ll find some of Africa’s most pristine and uncrowded wildlife havens. Top-notch parks such as South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks are just waiting to be explored on game drives, as well as expertly guided walking, boat and canoe safaris.
Pros & Cons
Across Zambia, you’ll find lots of safari favorites such as elephants, buffalo and zebras. Lions and leopards have a high profile and the country is one of the main strongholds of the endangered wild dog. Several waterways, including the mighty Zambezi River, host huge numbers of hippos and crocodiles. Elsewhere, big herds of lechwe thrive in wetland areas.
Weather & Climate
In the Dry season (May to October), days are mostly warm to hot and temperatures peak in October, just before the season changes. From June, mornings can get quite chilly and you’ll need warm clothing on early morning game drives. During the country’s Wet season (November to April), the rain can pelt down. Stifling heat and humidity is also an issue at this time of year.
Best Time to Visit
The rainfall that pours down during the Wet season (November to April) has a habit of cutting off road access in more remote areas, which can make it difficult to get around. For this reason, many of the country’s parks close during the rains – a notable exception being South Luangwa. Wildlife viewing is more productive in the Dry season (May to October), when there’s hardly any rain to be seen, and animals are easily found at local rivers and waterholes.
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Zambia Safari Reviews
Most Helpful Expert Review
Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
One of my top five experiences in more than 30 years of African travel was a canoe safari in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. This is a total wilderness experience, offering the exhilarating immediacy of being right there, in the...
Latest User Review
Zambia in the sun, the rugged side of Africa
We visited the Royal Zambezi Lodge as a family group of 8. A very long, bumpy, dusty ride. 4WD vehicles essential to traverse the rugged terrain and seeing elephant and buck roaming in the GMA. Check-in was pleasant and efficient and...