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.
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
Near Victoria Falls, Zambia
Best for: Family, Off the beaten track, Highlights
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge offers an intimate and exclusive stay in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Zambezi, upstream of Victoria Falls. A relaxing base from which to explore the Falls, with plenty of activities to make your stay enjoyable.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Waterberry Lodge has a charming spot on the banks of the Zambezi, about 45 minutes upstream of Victoria Falls. You are within easy reach of the Falls here and all of the activities on offer in Livingstone, but away from the crowds in a peaceful and relaxing setting. This is the perfect choice for those wanting to Victoria Falls but also have the chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river too.
The lodge also offers a number of activities, many of which are included in your stay here. Choose from boat cruises on the majestic Zambezi, fishing, island picnics, birding, visits to local markets and a guided village walk. The lodge also has a lovely pool to relax by and a treehouse overlooking the lake in the grounds. Alternatively grab a pair of binoculars and relax on the terrace overlooking the river and spot hippos wallowing in the river.
Waterberry Lodge has seven cottages with Swallow being our recommendation for honeymooners or those celebrating a special occasion with a romantic riverside location whilst Owl is perfect for families with plenty of space for up to six guests. All rooms enjoy fantastic views onto the river, lake or lush gardens. Evening meals are often served al fresco on the terrace overlooking the river with wonderful night skies above.
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
Livingstone, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Niassa
Taking in the wondrous Victoria Falls, an exciting safari in the renowned South Luangwa and a relaxing beach stay on Lake Malawi. This is an adventure-filled safari and beach holiday with a twist and gets you off the beaten track.
Chobe National Park, Botswana & Victoria Falls, Zambia
The perfect itinerary for first-time travellers to Africa. This trip combines the varied landscape of Chobe National Park with its lush floodplains and high elephant population, to beautiful banks of the Zambezi, just a stone's throw from Vic Falls.
Cape Town, Marakele National Park & Victoria Falls
Experience some of the activity highlights of South Africa and Victoria Falls with this 9-night itinerary that is designed with active older teens in mind. Experience the vast variety of activities in Cape Town, hike the trails of Marataba and stand in the spray of the iconic Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango and Makgadikgadi
An exciting family-friendly adventure starting at Victoria Falls before taking in the highlights of Botswana with Chobe, the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans. Offering amazing game viewing and rich in experience, this is a wonderfully varied trip.