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.
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
Best for: Culture History, Family, Wildlife
A wonderful option for those looking for a bit of exclusivity and luxury with all the wonders and activities of Victoria Falls close by, Toka Leya is a lovely lodge situated on the border of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park with views into the park itself.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Named after the local Toka Leya tribe, Toka Leya is a superb, relatively new lodge situated on the border of the Mosi oa Tunya national park, right on the edge of the Zambezi River and upstream of the Victoria Falls.
The camp has twelve lovely spacious safari tents, three of which are family rooms - each tent is raised on a wooden deck and has stunning views over the Zambezi River - and the national park! Uncharacteristically for Livingstone, the tents are air-conditioned meaning they are wonderfully cool - the colours are muted and contemporary, giving a very relaxed feel.
The large main area is situated under a bower of shade trees right by the river, and has an open plan lounge and dining room under a tented roof - the views really are breathtaking, and overlook a set of rapids. Elephant can often be seen coming down to drink. The lounge itself is built around a Sausage Tree, and is wonderfully cool in the heat of the day.
Also available is Toka Leya's spa where you can enjoy a massage in a secluded room open to the river - or a manicure or pedicure. We highly recommend this, the massages are wonderful!
The camp is perfect for those who wish to base themselves a little away from the hustle and bustle of Livingstone, in beautiful natural surroundings, with a bit of luxury, and yet still enjoy all the activities that Livingstone has to offer - such as visits to the falls, the museum, village and curio shops, or for the more adventurous, white water rafting, bungee jumping or even a microlight or helicopter flight over the Falls! We consider Toka Leya to be among the most upmarket lodges in Livingstone, and it deserves its excellent reputation for service and luxury.
When to go
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
South Luangwa, Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools
An exceptional safari adventure taking in Zambia's South Luangwa and Victoria Falls before crossing into Zimbabwe to Hwange National Park with wonderful wildlife on offer before a wilderness experience on the lower Zambezi at Mana Pools!