As a Zambian tourist, you are guaranteed of the best deals and the best destinations. The country is unspoiled, uncommercialised and you have the whole scenery to yourself. The country has a rare and authentic taste of Africa. Relatively under explored and still unknown to the common tourist.
Zambia offers the best of adventures with plenty of wild and bird life to the discerning Zambian tourist.
The birth place of walking safaris,
you can enjoy the scenery on foot in one of the best game sanctuaries in the world, the south Luangwa national park.
A tour of the country is incomplete without a view of the Victoria Falls, declared as one of the seventh wonders of the world
and a UNESCO heritage site.
The concentration of the population in urban areas leaves huge tracks of land empty, enabling the setting up of large game sanctuaries, leaving the animals enough room to roam about freely.
The Zambian tourist has it all: Game viewing, birding safaris, walking safaris, elephant safaris, canoeing safaris, tiger fishing, white water rafting, traditonal ceremonies, the country will spoil you for choice.
For the Zambian tourist, getting into the country is
a straight forward issue and you
get settled as quickly as you come. You are at liberty to make use of any of the four international airports. Zambia is serviced by British Airways, South African Airways, Air Zimbabwe,
Ethiopia Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Malawi and a lot of regional airlines.
The country has a lot of safari destination points, among the frequently visited are:
South Luangwa National Park covers an area of 9050 square kilometres. The park has one of the highest concentrations of animal species in Africa. South Luangwa National Park is just incredible. It’s endowed with a lot of animal species from the smallest to the biggest. This is home of the big five; elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and giraffe. South Luangwa National Park is a must see for the Zambian tourist. The usual entry point to the park is Mfuwe. Mfuwe Airport has a unique setting. Located in the Luangwa game park, it is worth paying a visit and fond memories are guaranteed. South Luangwa is undoubtedly Zambia's best National Park.
Famous for the walking safaris which were born in south Luangwa, the sanctuary has about 60 animal species and over 400 bird species. It’s here were you will find the unique Thornicroft Giraffe. Large herds of elephants are plenty, sometimes numbering up to 70 in one herd. Buffalos are found all over the park.
Mfuwe lodge, run by the bush camp company, is set right in the middle of the park. The bush camp company also runs 6 camps within South Luangwa.
The whole length of South Luangwa is dotted with camps and lodges. From the lion, kaingo and Tafika camps in the north, to Zungulila, kapampa and Bimilungwe camps in the south. The best time for safari is during the dry season between April and November when animals tend to crowd a few remaining water sources.
It has a very diverse species of animals; Hippopotamus, crocodiles, hyena, impala, vervet monkey, zebra, buffalo and impala, some of which like the Red Lechwe are unique to it. Compared to other parks in the country it has relatively few visitors.
The national park got its name from the Kafue river which, together with its tributaries, Lufupa and Lunga rivers, flow into the park from the north. The area along the Kafue River provides good scenery for bird watching and the river itself is full of hippos and crocodiles.
South of the park is the man made Ithezi Thezi dam, providing a habitation area for water birds like fish eagle, spoonbills, and cormorants. The dam and the Kafue River which cuts through the park are very vital for the survival of the animals and birds.
North of the park is the Busanga plains, where the animals and birds congregate to their favourite source of water. The Lufupa River flows into the Busanga plains and even during the dry season when there’s scarcity of water, the Busanga plains (or wetlands) are still a source of water.
Perhaps the Busanga plains are one of the most important wetland in a national park in Zambia. When the wetland is flooded, it attracts animal and bird species to its water sources.
Lusaka CityIf you are coming from Lusaka, Mumbwa is 60km from Lusaka; branch off in Mumbwa going westwards.
Air chatter is readily available and some lodges have air strips which are operational, like Hippo lodge, Puku Pan, Lufupa and Ngoma.
Mosi-oa-Tunya (vitoria Falls)Victoria Falls, at its peak just after the rain season, an average of 550,000 cubic litres of water pour down the cliff in a minute. The first white man to see the falls was The Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was thrilled by the falls that he named it after Queen Vitoria of England. and it is a guarantee that the falls will thrill you as a Zambian tourist. The nearby Mosi-oa-tunya game park is home to antelopes, zebra and the recently re-introduced white rhino. Bird watching and wild life safaris are under taken in the game park.
By road, the town has excellent links within or with neighbouring countries. It is about 470 km from Lusaka and there are reliable and timed coaches running between Livingstone and Lusaka. From the south you can use Chirundu (Zimbabwe) or Kazungula (Botswana).
There's a train from Kitwe, via Lusaka to Livingstone by the Zambia Railways, but service is slow and you should use it when you've got plenty of time.
Solwezi of Zambia is one the fastest growing towns in Zambia.
Check for Ndola hotels and lodges in the capital of the copperbelt.
Floriana Executive Lodge offers five star services in Solwezi, next to The Royal Solwezi Hotel.