Bush camps are uniquely Zambian having been pioneered in the Luangwa Valley. They go hand-in-hand with walking safaris which will often move from camp to camp. Often seasonal due to their remote location there are a range of options available. Here we give our run down on why a stay in one is a must on any visit to Zambia. Bush camps have become as integral to the Zambian safari experience as walking safaris, and the two combine perfectly for a really adventurous trip. They range in style dramatically from a fly camp erected each night for the most dedicated enthusiasts, to seasonal rustic shelters to luxurious chalets that it is hard to believe can be created in such remote locations. Highlights of a stay in them include:
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…
Whilst the main attraction of visiting Victoria Falls is of course the thundering falls themselves, it is also a Mecca for those seeking adrenaline-pumping activities and unique experiences which are a highlight to any visit. With the falls straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, certain activities are exclusive to one side. Here we give our lowdown on what to do and where…
As safari specialists we are often asked where the best place to go on safari is. This can be difficult to answer as we all have different perceptions of what the ideal safari destination is. Some favour Kenya as it is, in some ways, the original safari destination; others prefer Tanzania with its famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Here, our Zambia specialist Bjorn makes the case for why Zambia is his favourite safari destination…
Zambia is a wonderfully romantic honeymoon destination. It is still relatively off-the-beaten track and offers some really spectacular landscapes and wildlife. Famed for the magnificent Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the quiet and remote national parks. Zambia lies landlocked at the heart of Africa and is blessed with some of the most remote and unspoilt wildlife locations in Africa.
Zambia is widely-regarded as offering one of Africa’s top safari experiences that Africa has to offer and some of the most impressive bush accommodation. An exciting alternative that has been pioneered in Zambia, are a unique set of safari houses, ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a private and tailor-made safari experience. Take a look at our top 5 safari houses in Zambia:
The home of the walking safari, Zambia and the South Luangwa in particular is the perfect place to get out and explore the bush on foot. Having been pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s in the Luangwa Valley, walking safaris allow you to get back to basics and experience the bush in an in-depth and multifaceted way, whilst leaving a much smaller carbon footprint. Here we give our top five reasons for recommending your next safari to Africa is a walking safari in Zambia…
Zambia is home to the walking safari and offers one of Africa’s premier wildlife experiences. Here, our Zambia expert Annie experiences the unique Luwi River Trail walking safari – a true wilderness adventure away from the crowds and up close to nature. Accompanied by some of the best guides on the continent, with some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has on offer, Annie tells us why the Luwi River Trail is one of her favourite safari experiences…
Visiting Victoria Falls is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa, but it is all in the timing. Water levels fluctuate throughout the year, which not only affects what you get to see but also what you can do, with certain activities only available at certain levels of flow. Here we give our rundown of water levels throughout the year, what you can expect to see and when best to go based on what you want to do.
Away from the crowds associated with some more developed safari destinations in East and Southern Africa, Zambia offers one of the most exciting safari experiences in all of Africa. The perfect spot for an off-the-beaten-track safari with outstanding game viewing on offer, Zambia is the perfect destination for safari aficionados looking for something a little different. For those looking for an even more unique experience, look no further than Liuwa Plain in the far west of Zambia – one of the most amazing, yet least explored, of Africa’s national parks. Here's why this little-known park has so much appeal...
Most people will choose to go on safari in the South Luangwa during the high season, from May to October when the bush is at its driest. The dry conditions draw wildlife to the scarce water sources making for excellent sightings, with great herds seen. From December to April though, the bush is transformed by the rains into a lush haven and some wonderful wildlife encounters. Here we give our top five reasons for heading to the South Luangwa in the Emerald Season.
AVANI Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Best for: Safari, Watersports, Spectacular scenery
Despite its unprepossessing looks and large, ‘international’ feel, the AVANI Victoria Falls does have an enviable location just a short walk from Victoria Falls. Service at the Zambezi Sun is surprisingly warm, and its facilities and value are unarguable.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The AVANI Victoria Falls is a large international resort-style hotel situated right on the banks of the Zambezi with direct views of the Victoria Falls which are only a very short walk away. In all honesty, the AVANI Victoria Falls is one of the more commercial properties we at Imagine feature, but there are three very good reasons why we do: location, location, location. Housed in low, two-storey blocks around the edge of the grounds, the AVANI's two hundred-odd rooms are perfectly comfortable and functional, and come with air-conditioning, satellite TV and en-suite facilities, and most have fold out sofa-beds for families wanting to share.
And if you can turn a blind eye to the generic international aesthetic and endless conference rooms, you'll find in fact very friendly staff and good all-round facilities including a large swimming pool, decent food at the Poolside Grill or the self-styled Theatre of Food, an activity centre where you can organise jet-boat rides, bungee jumps, river safaris, etc., and there's even a kids' club.
The Zambezi Sun's trump card is that you can walk out and be right at the top of the falls. If this fails to excite, then you can always book a day's safari into Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana, or simply give up and head for home.
When to go
There are three seasons: the dry season (mid-April to August), when temperatures drop at night, but the landscape is green and lush; the hot season (September to mid-November), the best time to see wildlife as flora is sparse; and, the wet season (mid-November to mid-April), ideal for bird-watching.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi
Take to the water towards the end of the day for an atmospheric cruise on the mighty Zambezi before watching the sunset over a cold drink. Make sure you keep your binoculars and camera handy as there is plenty to see along the river.
During low water (August-January), take a dip in the ultimate infinity pool whilst visiting Livingstone Island perched on the lip of Victoria Falls. Not for the faint heart, an exhilarating plunge into the pool is our top Livingstone recommendation.
Victoria Falls Activities
The Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world, and offers a variety of activities, from adrenaline-filled to sedate, to suit all appetites.
Royal Livingstone Express
For those looking for a romantic way to spend an evening at Victoria Falls, hop aboard the Royal Livingstone Express for a gourmet dinner themed around the bygone era of steam travel as you journey from Livingstone to Victoria Falls Bridge in style.
For only a few days each month, there’s the unique opportunity to witness a lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls where the strength of the full moon’s rays reflect in the Falls’ spray. Go on a night time visit to the Falls to witness the full spectacle.