Zambia, in southern Africa, is a landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, with many parks and safari areas. On its border with Zimbabwe is famed Victoria Falls – indigenously called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders” – plunging a misty 108m into narrow Batoka Gorge. Spanning the Zambezi River just below the falls is Victoria Falls Bridge, a spectacular viewpoint. From the mighty Victoria Falls and beautiful Kafue National Park, Livingstone, the Capital Lusaka and Lower Zambezi National Park, great places to visit all year round.

Top Destinations in Zambia include:

Victoria Falls & Livingstone

Arguably Africaʼs most famous attraction, the 1.7km-wide Victoria Falls lives up to its hype, especially when viewed in full flow. At its peak between February and May, more than 550 million litres of water (enough to fill 220 Olympic-size swimming pools) spills into the Batoka Gorge every minute. The falls can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, but Zambia tends to be quieter and more intimate. From August to December the flow may not reach the Zambian side at all, but daytrips into Zimbabwe can be easily arranged. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is well geared for travelers, with an intimate network of pathways and viewpoints, a restaurant and numerous information boards. Livingstone is a town in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe. Itʼs a hub for visitors to the Victoria Falls. The adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds the Zambian side of the falls. The Livingstone Museum traces local history and archaeology, and the life of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone, after whom the town was named.

  • Thorntree River Lodge
  • Protea Hotel by Marriot Livingstone

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park is Zambia’s largest National Park and it covers an area of over 22,500 square kilometers in Western Zambia. Kafue National Park is a unique area. The enormous size (one of the biggest National Parks in Africa), the many different habitats and the huge variety of mammals and birds make it an area waiting to be explored. It is Zambiaʼs biggest and oldest National Park and is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone. But the best of all is the untouched wilderness that the park has to offer as mass tourism does not exist; leaving the park pure and unexplored. This is what a real safari should be like, excellent game viewing with a rich diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes and unspoiled by mass tourism. Although the park has a lot to offer, relatively few people visit this Zambian treasure. The Kafue is close to Lusaka and Livingstone; by approximately 3 to 4 hours driving many camps can be comfortably reached by good roads. With airstrips throughout the park, fly-in safaris are good options as well. The Kafue National Park is named after the Kafue River that runs through the park. It enters the Park in the North East and forms Lake Itezhi-Tezhi South of the Park, a beautiful dam with big herds of wildlife roaming around on its shores. Other well known rivers in the Kafue are the Lunga and Lufupa River, which both feed into the Kafue River. The rivers and lake dominate the landscape in the Northern and Eastern part of the Kafue National Park and the majority of the safari camps are located around them.

Safari Camps & Lodges
  • Busanga Bush Camp
  • Ila Safari Lodge
  • Kaingu Safari Lodge
  • Kasonso Busanga Camp
  • Konkamoya Camp
  • Musekese Camp
  • Shumba Camp
  • Chisa Busanga Camp

Lake Kariba (Zambian Side)

Lake Kariba is the worldʼs largest man-made dam by volume, extending over 5000km2 along Zambiaʼs southern border. Completed in 1959, the dam provides hydro-electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and fish stocks – mainly tilapia, kapenta and tigerfish. Access to the Zambian side of the lake is not well developed, with Sinazongwe or Siavonga the only two towns of any significance. Siavonga is the larger, a sleepy lakeside holiday village and Sinazongwe is much smaller and less developed. The Zambian side of the lake is far less wild compared with Zimbabwe and there are no game reserves anywhere along the northern shore.

Accommodation Lodges & Camps
  • Mukambi Safari Lodge
  • Musekese Camp
  • Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lower Zambezi National Park is in southern Zambia, on the Zimbabwean border. In the south, the Zambezi River valley is known for abundant wildlife, including buffalo and herds of elephants. Canoes ply the river, which is home to hippos and crocodiles. In the east, the river passes past the striking red cliffs of Mupata Gorge, with its fish-filled waters. North is the steep and rugged Zambezi Escarpment. The Lower Zambezi National Park – located in south eastern Zambia – was declared a national park in 1983, serving as a private park of the Zambian president before that. Because it was private for so long, the park was protected from mass tourism, thus sustaining its pristine wilderness. On the opposite bank is Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, and the park itself is ringed by a much larger game management area as there are no fences between the 2 game parks, so animals can roam free across the area.

Safari Camps & Lodges
  • Royal Zambezi Lodge
  • Old Mondoro
  • Chiawa Camp
  • Baines River Camp
  • Time + Tide Chongwe
  • River House
  • Kasaka River Lodge

Lusaka City

Lusaka is the capital of Zambia. In the center, sprawling Lusaka City Market sells clothing, produce and other goods. The National Museum exhibits archaeological finds and contemporary art. Nearby, the Freedom Statue commemorates Zambia’s struggle for independence. South of the city, Munda Wanga Environmental Park has a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden. The Lilayi Elephant Nursery cares for orphaned elephants.

  • Cresta Goldview
  • Radisson Blu Hotel