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Situated mainly on a plateau 1,000 feet above sea level, Zambia is a vast and friendly country that is one of the region’s least travelled and most rewarding wildernesses—making it a favorite destination of Boundless Journeys!
It boasts the Zambezi, Kafue, and Luangwa rivers, as well as Victoria Falls (one of the largest waterfalls in the world), which it shares with neighboring Zimbabwe. While Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just 10 kilometers from the Falls, is the well known "adventure capital," where you can enjoy adrenalin-packed activities on and around the Falls and the Zambezi River.
When it comes to wildlife, Zambia offers impressive diversity, and some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent are found here. From the impressive lions of Kafue National Park to exciting walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park, with a custom safari in Zambia, a world of wild wonders awaits!
Why Trust Your Custom African Safari to Boundless Journeys?To develop a collection of truly unique safaris, Boundless Journeys has partnered with some of the best safari outfitters in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, our partners’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.
Based on our years of designing custom safaris to Zambia, we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match your interests, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.
Similar in size to the state of Massachusetts, Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia and the second largest in Africa. Its dominant features are the Busanga Swamp, wetlands, open plains, flood plains, and island thickets. Yet in spite of its size, it remains largely unexplored and virtually untouched, making it a haven for a diversity of wildlife (and the perfect location for safari camps).
Rare species of antelope can be found here, in addition to cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, abundant birdlife, and high densities of lion. Kafue is also regarded as one of the best places in Africa to see leopard, and has one of the largest populations of African wild dog on the continent.
A hidden gem of Zambia's Kafue National Park, the Busanga Plains is known for its exceptional lion sightings. A must for those with a special interest in these impressive cats!
Kafue National Park
Day 1: Fly from Livingstone or Lusaka to Kafue National ParkDay 2: Morning and afternoon game drives in search of lions and other resident gameDay 3: Optional morning hot air balloon safari (August-October only); afternoon game drive Day 4: Depart by air to Livingstone or Lusaka
Located in the low-lying Luangwa Valley and fed by the Luangwa River, the South Luangwa National Park is considered as "one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world." It is here that ‘walking safaris’ originated, and with good reason: Over 400 bird species and 60 large mammal species call South Luangwa National Park home, including herds of elephant, buffalo, puku, impala, waterbuck, warthog, and kudu, as well as unique subspecies of wildebeest and giraffe. In particular, lion viewing is excellent here and Luangwa also has one of the highest leopard densities in Africa.
Over a mile wide and 300 feet high, Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring site to behold. While it is renowned as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, its local name is particularly apt – Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders") – as it accurately depicts the roar of the falls and the plume of spray that is visible for miles around as it cascades into the Zambezi River.
Wildlife also abounds in the area, which can be viewed from boating on the river or on game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, with fantastic sightings of rich birdlife as well as giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, and even white rhino.
The main Zambian town on the bank of Zambezi is "the adventure capital" of Livingstone, which is renowned for its variety of sports like white-water rafting, horseback riding, and more.
With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population density, Zambia has an aura of Africa undiscovered.
Kafue National Park | South Luangwa National Park | Victoria Falls (Livingstone)
Day 1: Fly from Livingstone or Lusaka to Kafue National ParkDay 2: Morning and afternoon game drives in search of lions and other resident gameDay 3: Optional morning hot air balloon safari (August-October only); afternoon game drive Day 4: Depart by air to South Luangwa National ParkDays 5-6: Game drives and guided bush walks in South Luangwa National ParkDay 7: Depart by air to Livingstone (Victoria Falls); sunset cruise on the Zambezi RiverDay 8: Guided tour of Victoria Falls, game drive in Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, or other optional activitiesDay 9: Depart from Livingstone
Kafue National Park, Zambia
The stylish Shumba Camp is located within an island of trees in the breathtaking Busanga Plains of Kafue National Park. Home to multiple prides of lion, Shumba provides some of the best lion viewing in Africa. Six luxury tents are raised on wooden platforms, featuring ensuite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The main area is shaded by fig trees and boasts a swimming pool and magnificent vistas over the wildlife-rich plains. From August-October, optional hot-air ballooning is included for stays of three nights.
Located in the low-lying Luangwa Valley and fed by the Luangwa River, the South Luangwa National Park is considered as "one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world." It is here that 'walking safaris' originated, and with good reason: Over 400 bird species and 60 large mammal species call South Luangwa National Park home, including herds of elephant, buffalo, puku, impala, waterbuck, warthog, and kudu, as well as unique subspecies of wildebeest and giraffe. In particular, lion viewing is excellent here and Luangwa also has one of the highest leopard densities in Africa.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Newly built in 2014, Chinzombo brought a new level of style to the Luangwa Valley. The camp offers river views and private access to one of the most game-rich areas of Kafue National Park. Although luxurious, the camp retains an authentic bush feel, with grass and canvas walls surrounding spacious living areas. Six villas and a family suite each offer a private pool, cooled sleeping area, and massive bathroom. The camp also offers a yoga deck and spa.
South Luangwa National Park
A comfortable, family-friendly lodge on the banks of the Luangwa River, Kapani Camp is close to the Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa National Park. Eight brick and thatch rooms accommodate up to 18 guests. Each standard suite features high ceilings, overhead fans, large windows, ensuite bathroom, and a lounge area. The central lodge offers a lounge and library, and options for dining on the terrace, the spacious deck, or by the swimming pool.
Over a mile wide and 300 feet high, Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring site to behold. While it is renowned as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, its local name is particularly apt—Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders")—as it accurately depicts the roar of the falls and the plume of spray that is visible for miles around as it cascades into the Zambezi River.
The main Zambian town on the bank of Zambezi is "the adventure capital" of Livingstone, which is renowned for such its variety of sports like white-water rafting, horseback riding, and more.
The 5-star Royal Livingstone Hotel overlooks thundering Victoria Falls, and offers unlimited access via the hotels private entrance. Each king-bedded room features a Victorian-style ensuite bathroom and spacious private veranda. The property also features a spa, swimming pool, gardens, and a sundeck, and the Royal Livingstone Express offers a unique dining experience aboard a historic steam locomotive train.
An Edwardian-style house with individual cottages scattered on the banks of the Zambezi River where hippo and crocodile float, The River Club offers colonial comforts in Africa. The main house offers a comfortable lounge, dining room, library and wide veranda. Lush gardens spread out beneath the trees and the expansive lawn is an ideal venue for a Pimms-soaked croquet game. A pool, secluded deck with hammocks, and wellness center offer options for relaxation. A private quay moors a boat for exploring the Zambezi River.
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
Toka Leya consists of 12 spacious ensuite safari-style tents, connected by wooden walkways to the main area. Tent interiors boast tasteful and uncluttered African decor in earthy colors, climate control for cool summer sanctuary, and expansive wooden decks. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck or dining room—all of which overlook the mighty Zambezi River.
From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-safari travels, assisting you with booking regional air, and meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom safari. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Zambia.
A variety of activities can be included on our custom Zambia safaris, but the primary activity is often game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly.
Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and the group will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We proceed slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another.
As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Zambia safari guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance - although the same cannot always be said about the animals, and it is not unusual to come nose-to-vehicle with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants. By mid-late morning, we usually return to camp where a delicious midday meal awaits.
In the afternoon, there is usually a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, birdwatching, taking photos, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting. By mid-afternoon, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, or it may be possible to explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner is enjoyed as a group, and will vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp boma (a traditional protected outdoor dining area). Each camp is different, some serving meals at seperate tables, while others serve meals family-style.
The winter months of May to September are warm during the day and pleasantly cool at night. There is very little rain at this time of year. The summer months are warmer, and midday can be hot (in the mid 90's, particularly in the hottest month of October). Rain falls from November to April, with considerable amounts falling during the months of December, January, and February. Some camps close during the summer months of January-April.
You may obtain other regional weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
The national parks and private reserves in Zambia are best for wildlife viewing during the traditional safari-going months of July to October. A visit to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls (Livingstone) is best during the high-flow months of February to May, but due to its proximity to the prime safari areas in Botswana, an overnight or two in Livingstone to see the falls and have a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a worthwhile add-on at any time of year.
In terms of wildlife viewing, many agree the following are the best times to go to specific regions:
South Luangwa National Park: May - November; July - October for peak game viewingLower Zambezi National Park: June - October; July - October for peak game viewingKafue National Park: July - December; August - November for peak game viewing
In the camps, the food is healthy, varied, and delicious, a feat when considering the logistics involved in servicing these remote areas with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and meats. To accommodate our morning and late afternoon activity schedule, several small meals and a few large ones are served daily. The pre-game drive early breakfast typically includes porridge, cereals, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea; brunch includes typical breakfast fare accompanied by more savory items like sausage tarts, spring rolls, light lasagnas, and other eclectic choices; afternoon tea offers cakes, cookies, and savory items; "sundowners" are light appetizers and cocktails often taken at a scenic spot in the bush; and finally, dinner, ordered from a menu with two or three daily choices. Beef, pork, and chicken are the basis of most main dishes, with occasional opportunities to try indigenous meats like farm-raised springbok.
Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.
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