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Eco Travel Guide to Zambia : Southern Africa

 
Zambia Travel Guide
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 


Zambia is untamed Africa at its best and is a prized safari destination for those who wish to experience the true romance and adventure of the African bush. From the thundering sprays of Victoria Falls to close encounters on the Lower Zambezi valley; from remote Kafue to the splendour and untamed grandeur of the Luangwa valleys, this is a magnificent destination for intrepid safari enthusiasts.

 
 
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Colloquilly known as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" or "The Smoke that Thunders", the Victoria Falls is one of the Natural wonders of the world that has fascinated travellers since it was first discovered by David Livingston in the 1850's The falls have now been declared a World Heritage Site. The Zambian side of the Victoria Falls is reached by daily flights from Johannesburg to Livingston, or by road transfers from the Victoria Falls Airport.

Zambia lies on a plateau, much of which is over 4,000 feet above sea level, so although it is well within the tropics, it enjoys a temperate climate. The Luangwa and Zambezi River valleys get the hottest and as the warm dry winter months of May to August recede and the hot dry summer commences -- the rains that come in about November cool the climate again. It then becomes hot and steamy and some roads become impassable, forcing the more remote lodges to close their doors until May.

Zambia is a peaceful but poor country, where self sufficiency in growing crops relies on the rains arriving when they should. Regardless of how hard life is, Zambian people always seem to manage a wave and a smile and a big welcome to their beautiful country

Zambia has set aside a large percentage of its land for the conservation of wildlife and has some of the most spectacular and least visited National Parks in Africa, such as North & South Luangwa National Parks, Lower Zambezi National Park, Kafue and Lochinvar. Zambia is particularly famous for night game viewing and walking safaris, which are a speciality of North and South Luangwa. Some of the guides have gained considerable worldwide renown.

Many rivers course through Zambia and none epitomise power and grandeur more than the Zambezi, after whom the country is named. At Victoria Falls there is the bridge linking Zambia and Zimbawe, at its centre is Africa's most famous and terrifying bungee jump. Zambia now also offers many other adrenaline-pumping activities.

Accommodation facilities in the Victoria Falls region range from good camp sites to luxury safari lodges and five star hotels – all situated on the north bank of the mighhty Zambezi surrounded by giant indigenous trees. Most are within easy range of the Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Kafue, Chobe and Hwange National Parks.

Kafue National Park

A Zambia safari would be incomplete without a visit to the world renowned Kafue National Park, the largest and oldest National Park in Zambia. Approximately the size of Wales, Kafue National Park is the 2nd largest national park in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

The Kafue River and its tributaries and the man-made Ithezi-thezi Dam contribute to the great diversity of landscape in the park and make this one of the most interesting and rewarding African parks.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park has one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. The terrain varies from woodland savannah to grassy plains. A plus factor for the South Luangwa National Park is the fact that game and night drives as well as walking safaris may be conducted here. One of the main attractions is the Thornicroft’s giraffe, which is endemic to the park.

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is located at the foot of a mountain range along the north bank of the Zambezi River and directly opposite Mana Pools National Park (Zimbabwe). Lower Zambezi National Park's main attraction is canoe safaris and game walks.

 

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