Said to host some of the best safari regions in southern Africa and home to some of the most welcoming locals, it is not hard to identify the six best places to visit in Zambia.
From cultural encounters to the magic of Victoria Falls, Zambia has many highlights that can demonstrate nature’s raw power and unforgettable beauty, culminating in the incredible combination of urban and bush experiences that will leave you eager to explore further and create more unforgettable memories.
Whether enjoying Zambia for days at a time or on a return visit for an exceptional safari, the must-see destinations are a handful of ways you can discover the diverse wonders across the country.
Known locally as “The Smoke that Thunders”, Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, inspires visitors with exceptional puffs of mist visible from over 30 miles away.
The roar and rush of cascades that plunge from an escarpment more than a mile wide provide a marvelous vision of nature’s power and beauty.
With endless opportunities to witness the gorgeous panorama or experience the thrill of an active excursion, Victoria Falls is a captivating destination that can capture your imagination with an impressive wall of water.
Highlights: Devil’s Pool | Victoria Falls Bridge | Zambezi River
Livingstone is a charming town that lies just behind magnificent Victoria Falls, a dramatic body of water that flows into the mighty Zambezi River.
The city brings to life a combination of possibilities for visitors, from an array of adventurous activities fuelled with adrenaline to the soothing sounds of wilderness steeped in breathtaking scenery.
Named after the legendary explorer, David Livingstone, the destination easily embraces visitors from around the world, its people and natural scenery compelling visitors to explore.
Highlights: Victoria Falls | Bungee Jumping | Helicopter and Microlight Flights | Cultural Visits | Zambezi Sunset Cruises | Devil’s Pool
A remote location in eastern Zambia that brims with a breathtaking combination of bush and bustling wildlife, the Lower Zambezi offers visitors an authentic African safari experience.
Herds of elephant and buffalo can be found grazing across the plains and there is a great chance you could spot the elusive leopard or rambunctious wild dog when out exploring during a traditional safari.
The Zambezi escarpment climbs down to meet the Zambezi River, where animal antics continue, with crocodiles and hippos at play in the waters. A stunning, pristine example of protected land, the Lower Zambezi captures the spirit and majesty of a safari experience.
Highlights: Game Drives | Game Walks
Breathtaking browns, blues, and greens await visitors as waterholes and grasslands merge to create a dramatic scene in the South Luangwa National Park. A wildlife haven, South Luangwa is home to a myriad bird species and plain animals, as well as four of the Big Five, including many pods of hippos.
Known as the origin for walking safaris, this picturesque park boasts some of the best-trained guides and an array of outstanding accommodation options. Set along the country’s northeast border, South Luangwa is one of the top safari destinations in southern Africa and captures the sheer wonder that takes place during a safari experience.
Highlights: Walking Safaris | Game Drives | Bird watching | Breathtaking Scenery
Zambia’s oldest national park, Kafue is a true treasure, with its wildlife, flora, and fauna closely protected by the government. Said to be Africa’s second-oldest national park, safari-goers can witness herds of game and look out for crocodiles and hippos from the comfort of their boat.
The park is easily accessible from Livingstone and Lusaka, so it combines perfectly with a visit to the famous Victoria Falls near Livingstone. Discover a part of Zambia that truly inspires and delights visitors from around the world.
Highlights: Canoe Trails | Game Drives | Boat Rides
Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia and combines a moderately modern feel with classic southern African charm. Rural areas fringe a small urban center and cultural experiences offer visitors an insight into the everyday lives of Zambians.
There are a variety of markets and cultural highlights to discover, and outdoor pools and parks provide a fun place for children to explore. For a short stay before or after a safari, or a visit to the captivating Victoria Falls, Lusaka offers a warm welcome to all who stay.
Highlights: Market Visits | Outdoor Pool | Local Cuisine | Kabwata Cultural Village | Moore Pottery Factory
From a charming town on the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls to a moderately modern capital city, safari experiences that can uncover crocodiles immersed in the water to the possibility of watching wild dogs play at sunrise, Zambia is an overall must-see destination with endless opportunities to embrace the welcoming ambiance of the cities and majesty of the wildlife.
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