Experience the “Real Africa” in Zambia, a landlocked country in Southern Africa rich in natural beauty and wildlife. Zambia shares the famous Victoria Falls with neighboring country, Zimbabwe, as well as being home to Lake Kariba on the mighty Zambezi River and the South Luangwa National Park. This superb game-viewing destination the size of France offers a raw African experience ideal for the adventurous traveler.
Zambia is a vast land of untamed game parks, featuring scenic waterfalls, lakes, wetlands and rivers.
The history of Zambia is characterised by colonization, liberation, unrest and a return to stability. Today Zambia has a stable economy; there has been a move away from mining to agriculture and tourism as the main sources of income. Copper mining was the major source of income but as the copper mines dried up the Zambian government was forced to look elsewhere and as a result there is a great support for Zambia's booming tourism sector.
Zambia from a tourism perspective is best known for Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world over 100m high. Victoria falls, also known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning the Smoke that Thunders, is one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the last few years due to the unrest plaguing Zimbabwe there has been a significant move of tourists to the Zambian side of Vic Falls. This move has resulted in some great hotels and lodges been established along the Zambezi River and plenty of adventure companies emerging to cater for the adventure seekers who flock to this part of the world.
In terms of its National Parks a visit to Zambia’s most popular game park, South Luangwa National Park, is a must for any visitor to Zambia. This unspoiled Park has some of the best game viewing in Africa as a result of the government's anti-poaching initiatives and is home to four of Africa's Big Five animals, with the exception of rhino. South Luangwa covers around 9050 sq km’s of woodlands and grasslands boasting high wildlife concentrations, especially along the Luangwa River system.
In addition to the Big Five animals South Luangwa Park is inhabited by hippo, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, baboons, various antelope species and plenty of crocodiles. This remote Zambian wilderness area is also rich in birdlife, with around 400 species including migratory birds and several birds of prey. South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safaris and night game drives.
Kafue National Park, Zambia’s largest National Park at around 22,400 sq km’s, is also a fantastic game park to visit. The pristine Kafue Park promises some great game viewing on its wide-open plains teeming with wildlife and untainted by mass tourism. This wild park is home to an abundance of antelope species, birds and predators, such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and African Wild Dogs.
Due to its location in the tropics Zambia experiences warm weather, yet elevation keeps temperatures pleasant. The rainy season in Zambia falls between November and April, which corresponds with summer. The dry season falls between May/June and October/November corresponding with winter.
South Luangwa Park is one of the best places to experience the changing seasons in Zambia. The average monthly temperatures remain above 20°C over most of the country for the majority of the year making it an ideal country to visit from a weather perspective.
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