Kasanka National Park is situated on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin, is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks.
WHAT TO SEE:Kasanka National park is home of one of the world's largest annual mammal migrations -The straw Colored fruit Bats Migration!
They come in their millions- October—December each year!!.
The park is also endowed with rivers, lakes and wetlands, forests, lagoons, meadows and dambos and this enables it to accommodate a wide variety of animals and plenty birds and fish.
Notable animals species in Kasanka National Park include puku, hippo, sable antelope and the Liechtenstein’s hartebeest and over 330 bird species have been recorded which include the rare Pel’s fishing owl, the Pygmy goose, Shoebill and the wattled crane among others.
WHERE TO STAY
- Wasa Lodge
- Luombwa lodge
Lavushi Manda is a picturesque park with rolling hills, rich riparian forest and striking rocky outcrops. Lavushi Manda National Park (LMNP, 1500 km2) holds vast stretches of pristine hill miombo woodlands, large dambo wet grasslands, as well as gallery forests along the headwaters of the Lukulu and Lulimala rivers. A 40 km long dramatic rocky massif runs through the centre.
The park covers a large part of the Lukulu and Lulimala river catchments immediately above the ecologically richest part of the Bangweulu floodplains/swamps.
WHAT TO SEE:
The park is of major importance for African and paleartic migrants, and serves as an upland wildlife refuge for ungulates of the Bangweulu in the wet season such as the Roan, Sable and Hartebeest. Although largely depleted, recent visits show there is still an excellent variety of large mammals present in small numbers, including Lion and Leopard
This remote park in the far west is pristine wilderness, which, to the ardent bush-lover, is its biggest attraction, and the rewards are great indeed.
The game is spread out across the plains and takes some driving around to find, but to come upon a vast herd of blue wildebeest, a prowling wild dog, or a pride of dozing lions in this forgotten piece of Africa is especially fitting because of its completely natural and uncommercialised state.
The birdlife is abundant and the very dramatic storms and lightning rising up on the horizon, contrasting with the green and gold grasslands, create spectacular views and fantastic photographic opportunities.
The best time to visit is August to December. November is also the time when large herds of blue wildebeest migrate across the plains from neighbouring Angola.
Access to Kalabo (the nearest town to Liuwa Plain National Park) is via a tar road built over the floodplains. To get into the park there is one water crossing. 4x4 vehicles will be needed to access the park and tyre pressures should be put down to accommodate the sandy conditions.
WHAT TO SEE:
In November, with the onset of the rains, the massive herds of blue wildebeest arrive from Angola, traversing the plains in their thousands, very often mingling with zebra along the way or gathering around water holes and pans.
Other unusual antelope found include oribi, red lechwe, steinbuck, duiker, tsessebe and roan. The Jackal, serval, wildcat, wild dog as well as lion and hyena are the predators of the area.
Many birds migrate here during the rains and massive flocks of birds can be seen as they migrate south. Some of the more notables are the white bellied bustards, secretary bird, red billed and hottentot teals, crowned and wattled cranes, long tailed whydah, sooty chat, yellow throated longclaw, large flocks of black winged pratincoles around the pans, fish eagle, tawny eagle, marshall eagle, woodland kingfisher, pink throated longclaw.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Mambeti Camp. The camp comprises six luxury villas including a two bedroomed family villa, with the capacity to accommodate a total of 15 guests.
North Luangwa National Park is situated in the northern part of the Luangwa valley, in Mpika district of the Muchinga Province of Zambia. The size of the Park is 4,636 km2 lying between latitude 1125” South to 1220” South and Longitude 3145” East to 3240” East.
The Park is part of the larger Luangwa valley ecosystem in a catchment area covering 144,000 km2, with a great deal of contrasting attributes that include the Muchinga escarpment, Luangwa valley, vegetation complexes and Luangwa River. It is accessible throughout the year by both air and road. The approximate distance to the nearest town, Mpika, which links visitors to the countries in the eastern and southern Africa, is 110 km. North Luangwa National Park offers a lot of opportunities for tourism growth. The park is serviced by three airfields, which are strategically located for the convenience of both visitors and management staff.
WHAT TO SEE
The high concentration of large mammals such as Buffalo, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra and Lion are the major attraction in North Luangwa national Park including the Black Rhino.
The Luangwa River has as abundant aquatic species such as crocodiles, Hippos, water birds and other fresh water animals.
The plateau and the mosaic of vegetation types from the river floodplains to the top of the escarpment, provide an added scenic attraction unique to the North Luangwa National Park.
North Luangwa National Park is the only Park in Zambia with the ‘Big five’. Above all North Luangwa National Park is renowned for walking safaris. A walking safari expedition in North Luangwa is just the best African experience one cannot afford to miss!
Access to North Luangwa National Park is by road Mpika town, and through a gravel road to the Park, or through the south gate from South Luangwa National Park. Chartered Light aircrafts can also land at Lubonga airstrip in the centre of the Park.
Situated on the eastern bank of the Luangwa it lies in the heart of the Luangwa valley between Lukusuzi, North and South Luangwa national parks, Luambe is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. The park was declared in 1938 and is therefore one of the oldest conservation areas in Zambia.
WHAT TO SEE:
The wildlife found in Luambe is similar to that of the greater Luangwa ecosystem and includes all the typical large herbivores, carnivores as well as some less well-known species.
Notable bird species include Carmine Bee Eaters and Pel’s Fishing Owl
WHERE TO STAY:
Luambe Camp – an exclusive and luxurious camp
LUSAKA NATIONAL PARK is the 20th National Park in Zambia. This Newest and smallest national park in Zambia was gazetted in 2011.
Lusaka National Park (LUN Park), about 46 Km2 in extent, is situated south-east the City’s Central Business District. It is the second park which has been established near the urban area after Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
WHAT TO SEE:
The park has relatively spectacular landscape and wildlife habitat. While on your game drive, you will definitely not miss these among others! Zebra, White Rhino, Wildebeest, Eland, Sable, Nyala, Impala, Giraffe,
Day use facilities for park visitors includes, game viewing roads, a Visitor In¬formation Centre, one (1) picnic site, a viewing point (gives you the view of the City of Lusaka from the Park), and public con¬veniences.
OTHER PLACES IN LUSAKA
- Chaminuka Conservancy
- Protea Chisamba Game Ranch
- Lilayi Lodge and Game Ranch
- Lusaka City
- National Museum
Ngonye or Sioma Falls is near the Sioma Ngwezi National Park in the western province of Zambia. The falls is on Zambezi River and is a 12 meter drop creating a beautiful falls. The Ngonye Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Zambezi River.
Stretching across a distance of about 1 kilometer and standing at 12 meters high; Ngonye is not as grand as the Victoria Falls further down along the Zambezi, but it certainly lacks none of the bells and whistles that make the latter such a great tourist magnet, the sheer power and intensity of the waters of the Zambezi.
Ngonye is one of the few ‘horseshoe’ waterfalls in Zambia. The Zambezi River at some point in its journey, diverts into an underground tunnel beneath the rocks that lie on either side of the Ngonye Falls and you can literally feel the vibration from the river through the soles of shoes as it gushes and splashes beneath.
WHERE TO STAY:
There are a number of lodges dotted along the Zambezi River but the notable ones are:
- Mutemwa Lodge
- Country Lodge
Lake Tanganyika is the world’s second largest lake (by volume) and the second deepest, after Russia’s Lake Baikal. It contains 17 percent of the world’s surface freshwater – almost as much water as all five of the North American Great Lakes combined.
Lake Tanganyika is shared among four countries including Zambia, Tanzania, Congo DR, and Burundi. Zambia’s side of the lake consists of 7% of its water.
The translucent waters host over 320 different species of fish of which 250 are cichlids and 70 species are non-cichlids. The Lake is well known for aquarium fish exports and fantastic angling. opportunities.
WHAT TO DO:
Sport fishing is very popular here and catches include the Goliath Tiger fish and Nile Perch. Crocodiles inhabit most of the shoreline, except around Mpulungu where there are high levels of human activities.
Diving, swimming, boating, sailing and game drives are thrilling and abundantly available. The beachline is spectacular and a source of relaxation.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Nkamba Bay Lodge
- Ndole Bay
Located in the upper Congo River basin in Zambia, the Bangweulu system covers an almost completely flat area. Bangweulu means “where the water meets the sky”. David Livingstone, died here in 1873. This is one of the world’s greatest wetland systems which comprise Lake Bangweulu, the Bangweulu Swamps and the Bangweulu Flats or floodplain. It is an area of a watery paradise with very unique vegetation, wildlife and birdlife.
WHAT TO SEE
The swamps and reed islands are popularly known as the home of the rare birds such as:
- Shoebill Stork
- Spur winged goose
- Sacred and glossy ibis
- Black crowned night heron
- Saddle-billed stork
Adding to the beauty of the Bangweulu Swamps is the elegant and elusive black lechwe antelope dotting the wetlands.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Shoebill Camp
South Luangwa National Park is the second largest of the 19 national parks in Zambia, covering an area of approximately 9,050 Km2 in extent and is one of the best known tourist destinations in Africa because of its abundant wildlife and exceptional scenic beauty and wilderness nature.
The park is situated more than 700 Km from Lusaka via Chipata in Eastern province of Zambia. The park can also be accessed by air through Mfuwe International Airport.
WHAT TO SEE:
The Thornicroft Giraffe is one of the nine subspecies and is endemic to the South Luangwa National Park making it the only place you can see this type of Giraffe. South Luangwa is also known for hosting 60 different animal species and over 400 of Zambia’s 732 bird species. Of these bird species, 47 are migrant species and 39 are birds of prey. Bird watchers find immense satisfaction in South Luangwa.
South Luangwa boasts a balanced ecosystem, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Wildlife here is untamed, wild, and free. Elephants find their way in lodge lobbies and you would not be surprised to wake up to one walking past your tent or chalet. The park is the ideal place to view Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, spotted hyena, Leopard, Hippos and zebra.
WHERE TO STAY
There are plenty accommodation options in the area such as lodges, tented accommodation and camping including innovative mobile accommodation such as night out bed pitched on a tree or at a lagoon.
The Victoria Falls is a spectacular visual experience one could ever behold. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it is also a World Heritage Site as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Between March and June, the river’s prime flood season, the waterfall is amazing to see from all vantage points. The aerial vantage point presents an unparalleled view of the vast river snaking along the green landscape before it topples over the edge of a rugged vertical chasm at a height of 108 metres in a massive curtain of falling water. During its peak, a thundering 550,000 cubic metres of water falls per second.
You can view the falls from the ‘Knife-edge Bridge’ where you can see the Eastern cataract. You can also visit the boiling pot at the bottom of the fall where the river diverts into the Batoka Gorge. Another must visit point is the Devils Pool. You will be standing barely on the edge of the falls. But to be safe the best time to stand in the Devils Pool would be in the dry season when the currents are weak.
There are several activities to choose from around the Victoria Falls including
- bungee jumping
- white-water rafting
- sunset cruises
- micro lighting and helicopter rides over the falls amongst others
- Game viewing in the form of canoe safaris, which presents you with the option of exploring the Zambezi River and viewing the host of animals that dwell in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
- and/or thrilling Safari walks with Big five giants like Elephants and Lions, Cheetah
- walking Safaris also include the endangered
- Other activities include taking a stroll down to Mukuni Market at the entrance to the Falls and sampling the vast array of cultural artifacts and souvenirs on display by the locals
- You can also visit the Maramba Cultural Village, or the Livingstone Art Gallery, the Livingstone Museum, or the Mukuni Park in the city centre area.
KNP is located between latitude 14 03 and 16 43 South and longitude 25 13 and 26 46 East in the south-central part of Zambia. The Park covers an area of approximately 22,400 km, comprising about 33% of the country’s national park estate.
KNP is accessible by road or by air. Road access from east and west is by tarred Lusaka-Mongu Highway, which passes through the park.
The park is endowed with diversified major vegetation types comprising closed forest, open forest with grass (woodland), Termite round vegetation and mound vegetation and Grassland.
WHAT TO SEE:
KNP has an exceptionally large variety of fauna species distributed throughout in varying densities and in complex and diverse associations. The park probably has the greatest animal species diversity in Zambia. One hundred and fifty eight (158) species of mammals, 481 species of birds, 69 species of reptiles, 35 species of amphibians and 58 species of fishes are known to occur in the park except for Giraffe and Tsessebe.
Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Red Lechwe, Impalas, Pukus and other animal species occur in large numbers in the park. The threatened Wattled Cranes also occur in this park. The two plains in the north and south are popular habitats for lions, cheetah and leopard.
The ideal time to visit is in the drier months when the terrain is easier to navigate, the vegetation is less lush and more visible and the animals gather at watering holes in search of water. However, during the wet season, all the vegetation comes alive with color and the park is a green wonderland, it’s equally an amazing sight.
WHERE TO STAY:
There are several lodges and camps both in the North and in the South.
Siavonga is a town located on the shores of Lake Kariba south of Chirundu in Southern Zambia.
Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
The main attraction is the Kariba Dam Wall towering 118 meters above the Zambezi River across the Kariba gorge.
More Attractions… Nights Away!!
Book the Southern Belle, one of the largest houseboats in southern Africa and is located on Lake Kariba. The Southern Belle has three decks offering 21 en-suite cabins including Presidential Suite, as well as a conference room for up to 30 people.
The time spent on board during the day is really a relaxing interval between the morning and afternoon off-board activities, while the evenings are an opportunity to sample good food and fine wine while recalling the day’s adventures.
The Southern Belle is ideal for both leisure and business cruises with spectacular views, stunning sunsets as well as a range of activities.
Located along northern bank of the Zambezi River, the Lower Zambezi National Park is about 4,092 square kilometers in size.
The Zambezi River is a focal point for the abundant wildlife in the area which includes elephant, hippo, crocodiles, zebra, lion, leopard, baboon, velvet monkey, antelopes such as impala, waterbuck, and a variety of birds, offering an excellent game viewing experience.
Lower Zambezi National Park is famous for canoe safaris on the Zambezi River. Boating is also popular on the river, especially for fishing adventures.
The Park is easily accessible by air through the Royal airstrip and also by road from Lusaka via Chirundu.