Looking for somewhere spectacular to visit during the holidays, this year? Zambia is a beautiful country located in the heart of Africa and an amazing place to spend the cold winter months. It is landlocked, bordering Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This unique country is home to some of the best wildlife reserves in the world, and it is the place to visit if you’re looking for breathtaking waterfalls and stunning safaris.
In Zambia, the dry season lasts from May to October and is the ideal time to visit. This is when all the skies are clear, the attractions are open, and the animals congregate by lakes and rivers.
Here is a short list of the many remarkable places you must experience, which will help you plan your trip to Zambia:
South Luangwa National Park
In Eastern Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is known for its incredible wildlife. There are herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and more. The park runs along the Luangwa River where you can see crocodiles and hippos. Take one of the national park’s famous walking safaris or game drives to see the wildlife up close.
Victoria Falls is a remarkable waterfall that lives up to its local name, Mosi-os-Tunya, ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. It is located in the Mosi-os-Tunya National Park, which is home to numerous species of wild animals. The local village of Livingstone is the perfect place to stay while you visit the falls. The best time to visit is between June and September when the falls have the most water and there is no rain to block the stunning view.
If you’re a thrill seeker, join a tour group and take an exciting trip to Livingstone Island. During the drier months, you can swim in the Devil’s Pool. This pool is situated at the edge of the falls and has a 100 meter drop down, where you can see breathtaking views of the falls.
Lake Kariba is one of the world’s largest artificial lakes. It is a great place to go for relaxation. Most of the lake’s attractions and accommodations are in the town of Siavonga, known as the ‘Riviera of Zambia’. Here you can take a boat cruise or even stay on a houseboat for a few days to bask in the sun and appreciate the calm, sparkling water. Many houseboats offer full board with delicious meals, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view. There are also opportunities for bird-watching, watersports, and fishing.
The longest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika boasts countless varieties of tropical fish. Thanks to its clear water, the lake is popular for diving, swimming, and water sports. You can also participate in sport fishing. Zambia’s fishing port, Mpulungu, is situated along the shore of the lake and is a popular place to visit. It features a local market which sells fruits, vegetables, fish, clothing, and other local goods.
Kapishya Hot Springs
If you’re looking for somewhere tranquil, take a trip to the Kapishya Hot Springs. These natural, bubbling hot springs with white sands are at the perfect temperature for a relaxing bath at any time of the day or night. The springs are located at the Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge. This remote lodge is an English-style country house surrounded by lush gardens and exotic flowers. If you stay at the lodge you can visit the springs for free. It also offers various trips to the local sights.
Kafue National Park
This massive national park boasts a fantastic game drive and boat rides along the Kafue River. There are many luxury bush camps and lodges to suit every budget. The Busanga Plains, to the north of the park, are worth visiting between August and October. Here you can take a hot air balloon safari. This is a perfect and unique way to see the vast park and the extraordinary variety of wildlife in it.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Another ideal location for game viewing is the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is a haven of wildlife including elephants, hippos, zebra, buffalo, and crocodiles. One of the most worthwhile experiences for anyone traveling in Zambia is the Lower Zambezi Canoeing Safari. Take a relaxing canoe journey down the Zamzebi River to see the national park in all its glory. There are tour operators that offer 3-5 day canoeing trips on the river with nights spent at bush camps along the river.
Whether you choose to gaze upon Zambia’s natural wonders, see the spectacular wildlife in the many national parks, or relax in the hot springs, you’re sure to return home both inspired and exhilarated.