Zambia national parks are worth visiting, because they will give you the real Zambian experiences. In the Zambian National parks you will experience ; Zambian Photographic Safaris, Walking Safaris, Birding Safaris, Canoeing safaris; they are all there for you to enjoy!
In case you didn’t know, about 30 % of Zambia’s area is reserved for wildlife, i.e. Game parks or National parks account for 8 percent of the total land area of the country. In turn, these game parks are surrounded by GMAs and protected forests, which account for more than 20 percent of the land. The GMAs act as buffer zones around the national parks.
All in all, there are 20 Zambia National Parks, and 34 Game Management areas. The largest National Park is the Kafue, and the smallest is the Mosi-oa-Tunya in Livingstone.
Hunting in these areas is allowed, but is regulated. This means that, unauthorized hunting, i.e. poaching in the National Parks is not allowed. Hence, Game Rangers are deployed in the Game parks to protect the animals. These game rangers often get involved in gun battles with the poachers who are often armed.
Poaching is responsible for the disappearance of much wildlife, some of which has been hunted to extinction. The African Black Rhino is a good example of an animal that has been hunted to extinction. Therefore, the government has stepped up protection, even implementing a shoot-to-kill policy as a way of dealing with poachers.
Despite all this, Zambia national parks offer sanctuary to a lot of animals. Furthermore, in these game parks, you will indeed see for yourself that Zambia is the real Africa; because the animals roam wild and free.
Of 20 the Zambia national parks eight are world famous. These are South Luangwa, Mosi-oa-Tunya, Kafue, Lochinvar, Lower Zambezi, Kasanka, North Luangwa and Nsumbu.
The rest are those that are either not developed but with a lot of wildlife or those with no management or facilities but with very little wildlife.
That said, the following are the 20 National Parks:
In order to promote the free market economy in the country, there are private game parks in Zambia. Among them are;
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage on the Zambian Copperbelt, Lilayi Lodge Game Park and Mukuni Big Five Sanctuary.
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, as the name suggests, is a wildlife orphanage for the sick, wounded or unwanted wild animals. But it is best known as home to orphaned chimpanzees.
The Orphanage was started by a British couple Sheila and David Siddle (who died on June 30 2006) when the couple nursed an injured chimpanzee back to health in 1983.
Mukuni Big Five Sanctuary offers unique walking safaris which give you an opportunity to get closer to elephants, lions and cheetahs.
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