This post was most recently updated on November 2nd, 2018
Zambia is best known for Victoria Falls. This is the largest waterfall in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It would be a crime to leave it out of your itinerary. Nevertheless, there is more to Zambia than just Victoria falls.
Most of the wildlife parks in Zambia are unfenced which means that their animals are well and truly free. Lions, hippos, gazelles, rhinos, elephants, buffalos and hyenas visit villages and cities from time to time.
One of the most remarkable events in Zambia is the annual bat migration. Millions of bats descend on a swamp located inside Kasanka National Park. If you are not the superstitious kind you would enjoy this.
For those fascinated by the dark arts, the Lusaka National Museum has a unique section dedicated entirely to witchcraft. There is also the tempting prospect of cruising on Kariba dam; off the Zambezi river.
Floating hotels offer accommodation to visitors who want to view the crocodiles, hippos and game fish. It is a great place for fishing enthusiasts.
Zambia Tourist Attractions
South Luangwa National Park
The lifeline of Luangwa National Park is the Luangwa river. The length of the river is teeming with wildlife. Luangwa offers a popular ‘walking safari’ which involves enjoying the African bush on foot.
Birdwatchers will not be disappointed regardless of the time of year. There is always enough birdlife in South Luangwa National Park. All the major wildlife attractions are present except rhinos which have been poached out.
Tree lovers will enjoy looking at the magnificent indigenous trees that have been growing for hundreds of years.
Victoria Falls is guaranteed to take your breath away. The local Kololo people call it Mosi oa Tunya or ‘the smoke that thunders.’ When the rains are at their peak, the spray from the falls is visible kilometers away. The falls are two kilometers long and they drop for more than a hundred meters. Arguably the best views are from Knife-Edge Bridge. Visitors can follow walking trails in the rainforests opposite the falls. That is if they can stand the spray.
Livingstone was named after David Livingstone the pioneer explorer. It was the capital city of Northern Rhodesia from 1911 to 1935. Being close to Victoria Falls, Livingstone town still sees a lot of visitors. Livingstone is a great place for watersports. River boarding, kayaking and canoeing, quad bike riding, horse riding and elephant back safaris are on offer here. Don’t forget to enjoy a stunning sunset on the upper Zambezi. Buy a souvenir a the local Mukuni Park Curio market. Livingstone’s local name is Maramba.
LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
The Lower Zambezi National Park may not have a dense wildlife population like some of the other parks, but that is compensated for by its raw, untouched beauty. The Park is large but most of the animals tend to be found on the floor of the valley. Large elephant herds roam along the edge of the Zambezi while fish eagles hunt in its waters.
The lion and leopard populations are quite high, so you are very likely to spot one on your visit.
Kafue National Park
Kafue is the oldest and largest national park in Zambia. It witnesses the least amount of traffic compared to the other national parks in Zambia despite its large size. Visitors can get there from Lusaka or from Livingstone by road. There are airstrips there so it is possible to fly in. Nearly 500 species of birds make their home in Kafue at one time or another during the year.
The predators of Kafue National Park are big cats, hyenas and wild dogs. They hunt antelope, wildebeest, zebra and red lechwe. Crocodiles and hippos are present in the river.
In the Northern part of Kafue National Park there are many cheetahs, more than can be found anywhere else.