Blessed with one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an abundance of wildlife, water and vast open spaces, Zambia offers unforgettable holidays exploring the real Africa.
Top 8 unique experiences in Zambia
Zambia is a great destination for first timers and safari aficionados alike, offering an off-the-beaten-track experience with some of the most rewarding game viewing on the continent combined with some of the most unique activities. Here we give a rundown of our top things to do in Zambia to really make the most of your time here…
1. Go on a walking safari
Regarded as the home of the walking safari, Zambia (and the Luangwa Valley in particular) is the perfect place to get out on foot. With a mixture of lodge-based walks and longer walking trails available, walking can be as big or small a part of your trip as you want, but we strongly believe nobody should go on safari in Zambia and not do at least some game viewing on foot. There’s something to suit everyone and as the focus is on observing your surroundings and seeking out the smaller aspects of the bush it will certainly not be a route march – expect to cover around 3-8km in a morning.
2. Feel the force of Victoria Falls
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, also known as the smoke that thunders, is a must-see for any visitor to Zambia. The perfect way to relax pre or post safari, there are romantic lodges strung out along the Zambezi and plenty of activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping bungee jumping and microflights over the falls to relaxed river cruises.
3. Go tiger fishing
Not only does the Lower Zambezi National Park offer outstanding game viewing, amongst its plethora of activities (including walking, boating and canoeing) it is also one of the best spots in the world for fresh water fishing. As well as the famous tigers, there is also Chessa, Nkupe, Bream, Vundu, and Barbel on offer. Each camp has its own dedicated fishing guide – whether you are a novice or an avid angler!
4. Get off-the-beaten-track in Liuwa Plain National Park
A national park like no other, Liuwa Plain in the far west of Zambia is home to Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration, a healthy population of wild dog and an unusual predator hierarchy which sees a clan of 50 hyenas acting as the apex predator. Offering a safari experience to one of the most untouched and seldom-visited parts of Zambia, there is no denying that Liuwa Plain is very much a niche product. But for the safari aficionado you can do no better – it is the ultimate way to get off-the-beaten-track and enjoy the African bush at its most authentic.
5. Spend a night under the stars in the Zambian bush
A bush sleepout is a must on any Zambian safari. Spend a night with just a mosquito net between you and the star-strewn sky – the perfect wilderness experience to put you in touch with your surroundings. Fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions and awaken to the dawn chorus – a bush sleep out is a safari experience that comes highly recommended by the Imagine team!
6. Stay at Shiwa Ng’andu
Shiwa Ng’andu is an English manor house in the heart of Africa which offers a truly unique place to stay. There are plenty of activities including game drives, boat trips, horse riding and – for committed walkers – the chance to visit Livingstone’s Memorial.
7. Take to the sky with a balloon safari over Busanga Plains
Floating above Busanga Plains in a hot air balloon is the perfect way to take in the vast Kafue National Park – an area the size of Wales with a particularly impressive population of tree-climbing lions. You only have a short window in which to experience this as the balloon safari is only offered between August and October, but as this is the hight of the dry season, game viewing is truly exceptional at this time of year too. If you can time your trip to Zambia to fit with this, it is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
8. Go on a Tsika Island canoe safari
Ranging from two to five day trips, a Tsika Island canoe safari is a unique experience in the Lower Zambezi combining a canoe safari with the opportunity for authentic cultural engagement. Paddle your way upstream from Chongwe River Camp for 35km to Tsika Island Bush Camp, and get back to basics and in touch with the spectacular surroundings.
Have these experiences whetted your appetite for a Zambian adventure?
Contact our Zambia specialists now on 020 3141 2810 to begin planning your very own tailor-made holiday.