The Zambia safari and tourism infrastructure are still relatively undeveloped; however, there is a small but sophisticated safari industry with excellent safari lodges and seasonal bush camps, and some of the best African safari guides.
Wildlife safaris in Zambia are ideally suited for "out of Africa travellers", or those seeking a remote and more exclusive African safari, that is not yet crowded with tourists. By sharing the magnificent Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe, made Livingstone a new hot-spot for tourism activities.
Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Zambia
For many years Livingstone was considered by the experts, as the perfect location from which to visit the great Victoria Falls. However, Livingstone's few small bush lodges have until recent years been eclipsed by the busier Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls. Now Livingstone has raised to the challenge: it is current the best side to experience the spectacular Vic Falls and there's never been a better time to visit!
Zambia was considered to have had some of the highest game populations in Africa; unfortunately, over-hunting and poaching have since decimated the game in many areas. Recently however, the Zambia safari industry has been steadily recovering, with fresh government controls and new safari camps being built in the Luangwa and Kafue. Today almost 30% of Zambia is under game management, making a safari to Zambia one of Africa's best.
A vast grassy plateau dominates the country, with the prime wildlife regions being concentrated around the Luangwa, Kafue and Zambezi river systems. While not sharing the game diversity of some of its neighbours, Zambia's wildlife concentrations are impressive and a safari to Zambia is ideal for specialists seeking specific African wildlife species, or bird life on a brilliant scale.
Zambia is the home of the modern walking safari and it offers some of Africa's best traditional walking safaris, particularly in the Luangwa Valley. Firstly, here (like Zimbabwe) there is a clear structure of exams which regulate the quality of safari guides. These include stringent practical tests for walking safari guides.
standards of 'bush-craft' guarantee that you will be guided by a great
guide on your Zambia safari, and this will add enormously to your
Secondly, the national parks, where most of best Zambia safaris are conducted, all allow night drives. This adds a new dimension to game-viewing, with the opportunity to see different animals, from the elusive leopard to the amusing "bush-baby". Night drives are another specialty of the Zambia safari and they provide arguably the best means for seeing some of the Zambia's elusive nocturnal safari species.