One of Southern Africa’s lesser known destinations, Zambia is a landlocked independent nation, unspoiled by mass tourism, and yet rich in wildlife with superb forests and meandering rivers. Of course, it is also the place where you can see the world’s largest waterfall – the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. It is here that the mighty Zambezi, the fourth largest river in Africa, plummets into a gorge over one hundred metres below. Known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world, the columns of spray from this magnificent torrent of water can be seen from miles away ……..”scenes so lovely, must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” said the renowned missionary explorer, David Livingstone, who discovered The Falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria. The Falls span the border between Zambia and neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Slightly larger than Spain and Italy combined, Zambia offers a taste of the ‘Real Africa’. This is Africa at its most extraordinary. A trip to experience the grandeur of Victoria Falls is obviously a ‘must’ but this should be combined with a visit to the Lower Zambezi National Park - one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa. It lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia and until 1983, when the area was declared a National Park, the Lower Zambezi was the private game reserve of Zambia''s president, thus resulting in the Park remaining relatively undeveloped. Its beauty lies in its wilderness state and on the opposite bank is Zimbabwe''s famous Mana Pools National Park so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a vast wildlife sanctuary. The Lower Zambezi is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo and offers frequent lion and leopard sightings.
The Zambian people are so friendly and exceptionally proud of their incredible country. The excitement passed on by the guides really is infectious and children will go home brimming with tales to tell! Zambia experiences its rains from November to March but if you are willing to experience a little shower or two, then this can actually be one of the more beautiful times to visit. The National Parks are bursting with big game in the dry season (July – October).
Zambia was the pioneer of the walking safari along with exhilarating canoe trails along the Zambezi River. On foot in the African bush, your senses are heightened and you have the time to notice the smaller things around you. Imagine being dwarfed by a herd of elephants or watching the ubiquitous fish eagle or osprey take a larger fish from the river! Canoeing brings peace and tranquillity punctuated by animal magic viewed from a lower eye level – quite wonderful!
Zambia is as raw and wild as anywhere on the African continent and its rugged charm is captivating. The international airports are located in Lusaka (the capital) and Livingstone (Zambia’s gateway to Victoria Falls).