Zambia’s top National Parks
South Luangwa sums up everything that is great about Zambia. The game viewing is terrific, the birding is brilliant and most of the camps are small, owner-run affairs with some of the best guides in the business.
Zambia as it should be – remote, wild and difficult to access. There’s a similar range of animals as South Luangwa, although spotting them can be tricky as the park is lush and overgrown. Walking safaris are the prime activity. There are enormous buffalo herds and other antelope, along with their attendant predators.
The fact that this park is so vast, wild and undeveloped is one of its major attractions – you’ll get to experience this wildlife spectacle with few other tourists in sight. The Busanga Plains at the northern end of the park provide fertile grazing ground for massive herds of buffalo, and are well known for their prides of lions, as well as cheetah, leopards and wild dog.
The wide Zambezi is the dominant feature of this spectacularly beuatiful park, which you can explore by canoe, on foot or on game drives. The river banks create a natural canopy for top-notch camps with lovely river views. Fish eagles provide a constant soundtrack and there are elephants, crocodiles and hippo everywhere!
Not the place for big game but what makes Kasanka special is the chance to experience pristine wilderness. Gliding down the Luwombwa River in a canoe, you’ll see crocodile, hippo, otters and rare blue monkeys. Birders love it here. There are more than 400 species and in November and December five million fruit bats visit the area, blanketing the skies. It’s the largest such gathering anywhere in the world and quite a specatacle to witness.
Liuwa Plains is one of Africa’s last true wildernesses areas. The birdlife is prolific and the wildebeest migrations, often mingling with zebra and tsessebe, over the vast open grasslands are spectacular. In the wet season, from December to March, the plain comes alive with flowers covering the ground. In May and June once the rains have gone, there is still plenty of water remaining in the depressions providing water for all the inhabitants. Liuwa Plain is home to many antelope species that are rare in other parks. The rolling grasslands and diversity of landscape give rise to superb photographic opportunities. Specialized safaris are arranged.