Zambia

It may be the thundering marvel of Victoria Falls that draws most visitors to Zambia, but it is the astonishing natural beauty and pristine wilderness of this green land that keeps drawing them back. In a continent that is blessed with many incredible countries, the tough competition from its neighbours sometimes results in this gentle and fertile country getting overlooked as a first choice safari destination. But those who are in the know will tell you that Zambia is the undiscovered treasure trove of African safari destinations. It is the birthplace of the walking safari, its national parks are largely untouched and some make the claim that the views of Victoria Falls are even more spectacular from the Zambian side than they are from the Zimbabwean side. Kafue National Park is one of the largest national parks in all of Africa but it only has a smattering of game lodges inside it. So if you really want to get away from it all and feel like you have all the wilds of Africa all to yourself, then this is the perfect piece of paradise for you.  

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Regions of Zambia

Kufue National Park

The largest conservation area in the country that is as large as 2.25 million hectare, the largest and oldest park in Zambia. Three rivers all come together in this park: the Lunga, Lufupa and the Kafue river. The Busanga plains – a vast foodplain -  are definitely one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Zambia.

Livingstone

A charming little town and once the capital of Zambia and also loved by many tourists. With Livingstone located near the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River it serves as Zambia’s adventure gateway. For that reason Livingstone if often called the adventure capital of Zambia.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Explore the Lower Zambezi by boat and look for the big herds of elephants that can often be seen near the river. There is an abundant game in the park and often leopards, lions, buffalos and antelopes make an appearance. It is one of the newest national parks in Zambia and was previously owned by the President.

South Luangwa National Park

The most famous national park in Zambia because of its great wildlife sanctuaries and has a diverse wildlife with over 60 animal species. The park is also known as the home of the walking safaris. The Luangwa River that flows through the park is the life blood of the park, and is the most intact river system in Africa. In other words, South Luangwa National Park is a wildlife heaven.

Victoria Falls

Zambia’s most popular attraction is the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders in de world. Not only famous for its impressive beauty but also for the forests nearby, with a variation of flora and fauna and exceptional safari experiences.

When to Travel

Zambia is an all-year round destination however, the best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the dry season that is from May onwards. This is when the animals  Visit in September or October for an optimal wilderness experience. Just after the rainy season, in April and May, the Victoria Falls are at their most mighty. Also in the dry season you have a magnificent panoramic view of the Falls.

Our Bucket list of experiences in Zambia

Fly fishing

Something that is quite unique to BelAfrique is that we have our very own fly fishing expert!We have fly-fishing options in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Zambia.When it comes to fishing, the Lower Zambezi is home to the tiger fish, nicknamed the “water dog,” whose sharp teeth are matched only by its fighting spirit and reputation as one of the world’s top game fish.We offer you the chance to head out into the river in search of this formidable combatant, operating a strict catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of this incredible fish.Alternatively, you can try your hand at bream fishing, where a limited catch can be brought back to camp and served up with a delicious lemon butter sauce.BelAfrique has found a unique spot near the Lower Zambezi where an exclusive, private bush camp has been purpose-built on an incredibly beautiful island in the river. Imagine your own personal fly fishing experience on your own exclusive private island!This Island Bush Camp can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 bush rooms, each with en-suite facilities. Pop us an email for more info on this mysterious, exclusive, once in a life time experience…You could also do a 2 to 5 day canoe safari along the Lower Zambezi.Fishing can be combined with other game activities and all equipment is provided, with both conventional tackle and entry level fly rods available. We recommend serious fly fisherman should bring their own tackle. Please contact us for specifications and recommendations.As initially mentioned we have our own fly fishing experts so BelAfrique offers a whole range of possibilities: fly fishing on one of the mountain rivers of the Western Cape, in the valleys of Lesotho, on the banks of the Zambezi and Okavango….you name it we do it.

Luxury Rail

Hop on board the most luxurious train in the world and recapture the romance of a bygone era. Travel Africa in style and evoke the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. Take a unique train safari through the heart of Africa where you will experience the opulent elegance and Victorian charm of this iconic train. Step aboard these beautifully rebuilt trains and enjoy accommodation of the highest standard, excellent service and fine cuisine in five-star luxury as a myriad of landscapes dance past the windows. Train journeys can last from 2 days up to 1 month and often include many off board activities en route. The most popular journey is to travel from Cape Town to Pretoria with the option of continuing up to Victoria Falls. An unforgettable journey of a life time and one to add to your wish list indeed!

Our Itineraries in Zambia

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step