With 19 national parks, Zambia is still one of Africa’s least explored countries; the poor public transport network has ensured that these jewels of unspoilt wilderness are unique and personal experiences, off the normally beaten tourist track. There are also numerous waterfalls aside from the infamous Victoria Falls, many of which are virtually untouched.
Zambia is in a geographically unique position with borders to 8 countries including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique so hiring a vehicle gives you access to so much more.
These are just a few of the highlights :
This small park situated in Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi is home to the white rhino, herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, impala, waterbuck and several other smaller antelope. Although no big predators roam through here there are also giraffe, hippo, crocodile and warthog making this a pleasant game viewing experience. There is a small picnic site at the end of the tar road by the river – a great place to stop, have a drink and admire the view. The park is also home to the Old Drift Cemetery where the first European settlers are buried.
Zambia’s largest and most diverse Park is home to many prides of lion, leopard and cheetah are not uncommon. Kafue is easily accessed by road however it is not easy to travel within the park during the rainy season.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park is quite simply stunning, the river meanders through pristine wilderness with a spectacular escarpment as a backdrop. This area is famous for its canoe safaris and is a great opportunity to see the game up close and personal!
Kasanka is Zambia’s only privately managed National Park, though small in size and less renowned than some other National Parks Kasanka is teeming with amazing and often rare bird life. It is also home to some endangered species such as the sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope and the samango or blue monkey. Kasanka is also the gateway to the Bangweulu Wetlands home of the shoebill stork. In late November/December the park comes to life with the congregation of millions of straw-coloured fruit bats
Sioma Ngwezi is a small National Park in the southwest of Zambia and is home to elephant, roan, sable, wild dog and the elusive cheetah. There are also puku, impala and zebra. Ngonye Falls (Sioma Falls) situated near the park is a beautiful series of horseshoe shaped cascades that are well worth a visit.
South Luangwa arguably Zambia’s most famous National Park, has not attained its reputation without reason – the game is plentiful and diverse. Many lodges and campsites within the park offer night drives with the hope of encountering one of the many leopards in the area.
Shiwa Ngandu although not a National Park is a famous landmark, built by Stewart Gore-Brown and completed in 1932 it resembles a Colonial Manor House. Shiwa is a spectacular sight in its own right and the surrounding area offers natural hot springs and Chusa Falls. The family has recently renovated the house, and it is now possible to stay at ShiwaNgandu, they also have a campsite nearby.
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