Africa’s quiet success story, Zambia offers some of the highest concentrations of game species in southern Africa.
Lacking the crowds of more famous counterparts in neighbouring countries, unfenced South Luangwa National Park is one of the best destinations in the region to step into grasslands that wrap around the lagoons and mopane woodland in search of elephant, black rhino and lion on a walking safari. Even quieter North Luangwa has a similar list of around 400 different bird species and 60 iconic mammals, with crocodile and large pods of hippo common in the river from which both parks take their name.
Larger than South Africa’s Kruger National Park at more than 22,000 km2, Kafue National Park is bigger than some nations and Zambia’s largest protected area. Known for its antelope, including roan, red lechwe and puku, their presence, in turn, ensures a healthy population of lion and hyena, while the park is also one of the best places to spy African Wild Dog anywhere in the country.
Sitting opposite Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park encompasses the flood plain of Africa’s fourth longest river, with healthy populations of elephant, lion and leopard, while in the country’s southwest corner lies one of the continent’s greatest natural wonders, the mighty Victoria Falls.