Reasons to Visit
Zambia is a safari destination for the connoisseur, boasting a fantastic range of wildlife in its diverse national parks. Many amazing game experiences can be had within the national parks, with lion virtually guaranteed and leopard in abundance. This superb array of game can be appreciated on foot, by car or on the water.
Zambia offers the full range of fascinating, colourful birdlife you’d expect to see on safari, with a range of water based birds in the Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks. The Bangweulu Wetlands are one of the few places on the planet where you can see the impressive Shoebill Stork.
An evening cruise on the Zambezi in Livingstone and game viewing from Kafue’s Lufupa River are wonderfully relaxing, but best of all are the water based activities in the Lower Zambezi. Drifting slowly down river, observing elephants coming into drink as the sun goes down is one of the definitive African experiences.
With night drives offered in all of the major national parks, Zambia is arguably the best destination in Africa to observe nocturnal wildlife. The South Luangwa in particular is known for outstanding leopard sightings, and there is a tangible excitement to watching how wildlife behaves after dark.
By any judgement Victoria Falls is an awesome force of nature. During the wet season up to 550 million litres of water cascades over the lip of the Falls each minute, offering an intensely photogenic experience. The spectacle that so bewitched David Livingstone is still equally impressive today.
Walking offers an opportunity to appreciate the birdlife, track animals footprints and learn about the smaller creatures such as a mother and baby warthogs. It makes an excellent contrast to a game drive and allows visitors to understand more about the ecosystems of the South Luangwa.
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Lion Camp is located in one of the best game viewing areas of the South Luangwa, deep within the park and away from other camps so guests enjoy a very private and wild safari experience. As the name suggests this area is particularly good for lion.
Lion Camp is located in one of the best game viewing areas of the South Luangwa, deep within the park and away from other camps so guests enjoy a very private and wild safari experience. As the name suggests this area is particularly good for lion. The camp overlooks a lagoon area where plains game and elephant are often to be seen grazing during the day. The camp itself is unfenced and elephant, hippo and antelope are sometimes seen wandering through the camp.
Along raised up walkways there are nine canvas and thatch chalets with large comfortable beds and luxurious furnishings, each one has a private deck overlooking the lagoon. The rooms have ensuite shower rooms and WCs and stand fans which can be used in the hotter seasons. There is a large main area at the camp with plenty of squashy sofas and sitting areas, a bar, a boma and even the surprising addition of a snooker table. Dinners are usually eaten on the large veranda under the stars. There is also a small swimming pool where guests can cool off in the heat of the day.
Game viewing activities from camp include both game drives and walking safaris. Guests can also enjoy night drives which give the option of viewing nocturnal creatures by spotlight and the chance to search for the elusive leopard under the cover of darkness.
South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's most famous safari park. Most of the game viewing, of which there is plenty, is centred around the Luangwa River. Walking safaris are a speciality in the park.
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South Luangwa National Park
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