Zambia is one of Africa’s last true wildernesses. If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be! We had another fantastic safari this year, and I can’t wait to go back again next September. Come and join me! Early bookings are essential though – our favourite small camps fill quickly as the word spreads about this beautiful country with its friendly people and amazing wildlife. The majestic elephants that stroll through our camp in the Lower Zambezi every day are worth the trip alone!
Why we love Zambia
- Visitor numbers are small and the vast areas of pristine wilderness have remained unchanged for millennia. 30% of the country is protected game area and the opportunity to explore these areas and to see the wildlife that inhabits them without having to share the experience with too many others is a privilege that is hard to find these days.
- As the home of the walking safari, you can follow in the footsteps of Norman Carr, a conservationist and pioneer in the safari industry. When exploring on foot, you gain an in-depth understanding of the bush, with opportunities to see layers of the bush you wouldn’t otherwise experience in a vehicle. Your excellent guides will tell you about traditional Zambian culture, especially the way different plants are used for food and medicine – and who the ‘small 5’ are.
- Canoeing safaris offer a fresh perspective on big game viewing. From the safety of the boat, you can drift past elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and countless other creatures as they feed along the bank and drink in the shallows. Without the noise of an engine, the wildlife is undisturbed, making for a tranquil and intimate game viewing experience. Canoeing also offers some of the best birding opportunities – don’t forget your binoculars!
- Zambia’s many rivers are the perfect setting for a fishing adventure. Home to enormous tigerfish, you can try your luck at catching a monster, all while enjoying world-class game viewing right from the boat. Be ready for the occasional detour around a family of elephants wading across the river!
- And last, but not least, the friendly people are why we love Zambia. The warm welcome we receive in every camp, the exceptional guides who love sharing their knowledge about their country and traditions as well as their incredible wildlife with us, and the local people in the workshops we visit who are proud to show us their stunning creations.
- This short video from our Zambian partners shows why we love Zambia – and you will too!
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