GET KNOWN WITH ZAMBIA
Written by: Eivind Stigen Holter. Published: 30.07.2019
In Zambia you can feel like a first-class explorer on the Zambezi River and in the Luangwa Valley. Here you can experience the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi river and a rich wildlife in raw wilderness - all in one. Zambia is a paradise for safari enthusiasts!
Zambia is bordered by Angola, Botswana, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The country does not have its own coastal drive, but has a tropical and warm climate. Lusaka is the capital and the country has approx. Nine million inhabitants. In total, the entire 15 language is spoken in Zambia. The official language is English, which is used in business life and in schools. The local main language, especially in Lusaka, is Nyanja. In the cities, Bemba and Nyanja are spoken, as well as other local languages.
WHY travel to Zambia?
Zambia is still a relatively undiscovered destination among international tourists. Here you really get to experience the wild Africa at its best. Zambia consists of several unique national parks with rich wildlife and raw wilderness. Liuwa Plains is home to the second largest gnu migration in Africa, and in South Luangwa they are especially known for traditional walking safaris. In Kafue you are in a national park on the south with Kruger, but only with a fraction of the tourists. And a trip to Zambia can hardly be completed without visiting the mighty Victoria Falls!
In Zambia there is a lot of traditional art such as ceramics, wickerwork, cracks, cloths, mats, wooden figures, iron cuts, wire and copper crafts. Support local art in one of the many markets.
Where to travel in Zambia?
Zambia is still a relatively undiscovered safari destination, but the safari opportunities here are amazing! Elin and Graham described safari in Zambia as: "a wildlife we haven't seen before".
Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Zambia. Kafue is the size of the country of Wales, but receives a fraction of the number of tourists as in the Kruger National Park. That means the chance that you do not see other vehicles on your safari is very good. Kafue is especially known for the rare wild dogs and extraordinary safari experiences, including from hot air balloons!
Liuwa Plains is one of the oldest and most successful examples of good management and conservation of nature reserves in Africa and one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas with open plains and stunning wildlife. With over 10 NUMBER of people living in the national park, Liuwa is a living example of how humans and wildlife can exist and benefit in a common landscape. Every year, Liuwa is home to the second largest gnu migration on the African continent. In addition, you will find a large number of lions, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs and many many more other animals.
Liuwa was chosen as one of the top 52 destinations to visit in 2018 by the renowned New York Times newspaper.
Liuwa Plains is also home to the world renowned lioness with a very special story, Lady Liuwa. After many years of unrest in the area, civil war in Angola and trophy hunting, Lady Liuwa survived against all odds as the only lioness in Liuwa Plain. For nine years she lived alone and drew to the villages to seek company with people. It is said that she is a reincarnation of the local queen. Lady Liuwa was the one who looked after the kids when the other mothers hunted. She has never been attacked by humans or pets, a wisdom she is now passing on to the young leaves in the area. Elin and Graham met this lioness when they were here.
South Luangwa is one of the finest national parks in Africa, with an outstanding wildlife and magnificent landscape. Here are great chances of seeing it usually shine the leopard. This is what Africa wants at its best! Several of the camps we use here are set up on a seasonal basis and leave no marks in nature. South Luangwa National Park is particularly well-known for its walking safaris: allowing you to get close to elephant, hippopotamus and lions under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.
Lower Zambezi Located on the north bank of the Zambezi River, has a close concentration of animals and a landscape that is exceptionally beautiful. Here you can experience safari from the river and try the tiger fishing ("catch and release").
Victoria Falls or the "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - the smoke that thunders is almost mandatory if you travel in Zambia. This is the "heart" of Africa and one of the few places in the world where four countries meet: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The Victoria Falls are considered among the seven natural wonders of the world and are undeniably an experience of life.
Photo: Time + Tide
WHEN should you travel to Zambia?
Zambia is characterized by seasons of drought and rainy season. The temperature in summer varies from 25 ° C to 35 ° C and in winter from 6 ° C to 24 ° C.
The dry season is from May to October and is the best time for safaris. During this period it is also pleasant temperature during the day (although in September and October it can get very hot). In the period from March to June, the water and pressure in the waterfalls is the most and Victoria Falls is at its finest.
The rainy season starts from December to April. This period is called "Green Season" and is characterized by the fact that the vegetation becomes dense and the animals more difficult to find as there is water to drink everywhere. During this period there are also some safari lodges that have to close because of flooding.
GET Africa Travel recommends traveling in Zambia during the period from April to November.
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