AFRICANGLOBE – In Africa, there are a lot of countries blessed with natural wonders. Zambia is one.
The scenic nature reserves in South and North Luangwa and its impressive diversity of flora and fauna are just a tip of the wonders of this Southern African country. In Zambia, one discovers a different terrain; a well preserved land that offers the ultimate safari experience and immersion in a wild world adapted to humans.
Because Zambia is a tropical country, there is no separate winter or summer as such. Rather the country has a rainy season and dry season. From November to March, there is a lot of rain, which means that national parks are green and lush.
The observation of the animals is not as good because of the abundant water and dense forest, but bird watching is spectacular. This time of the year is also known as the ‘Emerald Season’ because bright green colors are just as amazing. The observation of the animals is the best in June, during the dry season. The months of September and October offer the best experience and the animals congregate around waterholes, rivers and lakes. However, the observation of the animals is good throughout the year and it also depends on what you want to see.
The Victoria Falls are at their peak in April and May, just after the rainy season. In fact, falls are the largest curtain of falling water in the world (their highest level). In the dry season, concentrations may be much lower, but then there is less fog so that you have the best views, and you can more fully explore the area.
Most travelers arrive in Zambia by landing either in Lusaka or Livingstone. Lusaka the capital is served by a number of international airlines; this helps many passengers arriving from Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to reach the country. South African Airways, Air Namibia, Air Zimbabwe, Air Malawi, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines are some of the flights that serve Lusaka. The airport is about 30 km from the city center and transfers can be organized on request.
Flights from America can be organized either with British Airways and South African Airways, via London and Johannesburg. There are four direct flights per week from the UK, departing from London Gatwick Airport to Lusaka. From Australia, Qantas flies to Harare in Zimbabwe to Johannesburg in South Africa, with possible connections to Lusaka. European airlines such as KLM, Air France and Lufthansa also fly to Lusaka, Harare or through or via Johannesburg.
Zambia is a fairly quiet country which offers a unique and exciting African adventure. Those who make the effort to visit this country will be fascinated by the wealth of wildlife (whether during a walking safari, a cruise on the river or in a safari vehicle) and leave with a ton of memories.
The main attraction is undoubtedly Zambia’s Victoria Falls, which is shared with its neighbor, Zimbabwe. You can stay in one of the two countries, but nowadays most travelers prefer living on the Zambian side. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world are simply spectacular. You can enjoy a range of activities in the “adrenaline capital of Africa.”
National Park South Luangwa is the country’s most famous reserve. Covering 9,050 km ² of wilderness, it offers an incredible density and wildlife diversity, including no less than 60 species of animals and 400 species of birds. It also offers amazing walking safaris where you can see wild animals up close and camp under the stars after spending the day in the bush.
The Kafue National Park is the largest reserve in the country, and one of the largest in the world. It is a fertile ecosystem teeming with antelope, hippo and predators gather along the floodplains of Busanga. You can spot the animals during a sunset cruise in the Lower Zambezi National Park where you can paddle yourself on the river in a canoe safari. Most travelers spend a night in the bustling city of Lusaka at the beginning or end of their journey, an African city crowded but charming.
By: Vénicia Guinot