Zambia Safari Ideas & Regions
A Zambia safari offers the essence of Africa with some of the finest wildlife experiences in Africa. It also offers one of its greatest rivers: the Zambezi. The game reserves of Zambia are truly wild and remote. So it appeals to those hungry for an intimate safari experience in a pristine environment.
The easiest way to get to Zambia is to fly to Johannesburg and then connect to either Lusaka or Livingstone (for Victoria Falls). Within Zambia, it is surprisingly easy to travel between the various regions. There is only one way to travel and that’s by air. Victoria Falls and all of the major Zambia National Parks are connected by scheduled or charter flights so that a Zambia safari fit seamlessly together.
Zambia vs Botswana?
We are often asked to compare Zambia as a safari destination with its more famous neighbour. Zambia safaris have three distinct advantages.
- First of all, the standard of guiding on a Zambia safari is uniformly high. The safari camps are often run by visionary characters. They balance a passion for wild places with the fierce dedication of bush entrepreneurs. Every guide in Zambia has to pass stringent guiding exams, especially walking safari guides. Thus, the quality of your guide’s all-round bush knowledge is notable.
- Secondly, and unusually, the national parks of Zambia allow both night drives and bush walks.
- Finally there is a friendly service ethic in Zambia which is pervasive throughout the safari camps.
Highlights of a Zambia safari
- Zambia safaris offer a superb quality of guiding
- Night drives are available in the Zambia National Parks
- Friendly service ethic is pervasive throughout Zambia safari lodges
- High quality of Zambia walking safaris
- Small intimate camps in remote locations
- Focus is on the game-viewing experience in Zambia not the interior design!
- Seamless connections by air to all the main safari destinations
Best time for a Zambia Safari?
Some of the Zambia camps are ‘closed’ during the rainy season from mid November to March. This due to the ground becoming too water-logged for safaris. But when the flood-plains dry out in April, the roads are remade into more remote areas. The seasonal bush camps are then reassembled. Typically the safari season lasts from May to October or early November with some localised exceptions. The Victoria Falls are a sight to behold for much of the year. Yet we don’t recommend staying on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls from September to mid January as the water levels drop much more on the Zambian side.