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6 Best Places to Visit in Zambia

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Aerial view of Victoria Falls in Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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 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.

Whether enjoying Zambia for days at a time or on a return visit, the must-see destinations are a handful of ways you can discover the country’s diverse wonders.

  1. 1. Victoria Falls
  2. 2. Livingstone
  3. 3. Lower Zambezi
  4. 4. South Luangwa National Park
  5. 5. Kafue National Park
  6. 6. Lusaka
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1. Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls at sunset in Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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.

Highlights: Devil’s Pool • Victoria Falls Bridge • Zambezi River

2. Livingstone

Riverboats on Zambezi River, Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone is a charming city 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 the breathtaking wilderness.

Named after legendary explorer David Livingstone, the destination embraces tourists from around the world, its people and scenery compelling visitors to explore.

Highlights: Victoria Falls • Bungee Jumping • Helicopter and Microlight Flights • Cultural Visits • Zambezi Sunset Cruises • Devil’s Pool

3. Lower Zambezi

Elephants embracing each other at Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Lower Zambezi, Zambia

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.

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

4. South Luangwa National Park

Carmine bee-eater birds in South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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 myriad bird species and plain animals, as well as four of the Big Five, as well as many hippo.

Known as the origin of 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 of a safari experience.

Highlights: Walking Safaris • Game Drives • Bird watching • Breathtaking Scenery

5. Kafue National Park

Lion on savanna at Kafue National Park, Zambia

Kafue National Park, Zambia

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 the former. Discover a part of Zambia that truly inspires and delights visitors from around the world.

Highlights: Canoe Trails • Game Drives • Boat Rides

6. Lusaka

Lusaka skyline, Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia

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

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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

From a charming town on the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls to a moderately modern capital city, safari experiences that can uncover crocodiles to the possibility of watching wild dogs play at sunrise, Zambia is an overall must-see destination with endless opportunities to embrace its welcoming ambiance.

To discover your ideal Zambian adventure, take a look at our Zambia safaris and tours or find more inspiration for your vacation in our African safari travel guide.

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