Zambia is one of East Africa’s more beautiful countries – but it also happens to be a wonderful, world-class travel destination.
This landlocked nation, with its tropical to sub-tropical climate(s), rich wildlife and natural beauty, offers plenty for tourists and locals alike to savour.
Considered by many to be one of the continent’s best safari destinations, Zambia is perfect for living out all your long-held safari-in-Africa dreams.
Add to that a host of other incredible travel experiences, excellent accommodation and mesmerising attractions, like Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba – and you have a truly unforgettable African adventure on your hands!
In this post, we look at some of the best travel experiences to enjoy in beautiful Zambia:
1) Go on Safari in South Luangwa National Park
If you are looking for an authentic Zambian experience, few places are as ideally suited as South Luangwa National Park.
With its open, grassy plains, pretty woodlands and the majestic Luangwa River, this region is known and loved for its vibrant vegetation and wildlife alike. It is a veritable African treasure in its own right.
Found in eastern Zambia, this national park, known to locals as ‘South Park’ covers an impressive 9 050 square kilometres of the Luangwa Valley and is edged by Muchinga Escarpment and Luangwa River.
The park is perfect for safaris and birdwatching alike. As here, you can see everything from big game to African wild dogs, some 39 different species of birds of prey and even Zambia’s Crawshay’s zebra.
Not only does this beautiful park offer incredible safari experiences, wildlife- and bird-watching and a tapestry of Zambian natural beauty but it also has some gorgeous accommodation – everything from tented bush camps to luxurious lodges..
2) Explore the Zambezi River by Boat
There are a number of local tour operators and boat trips that offer magical river cruises along the Zambezi River.
Boat cruises, offered in boats of all shapes and sizes, can be enjoyed on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the river so this is perfect for travellers to either country to enjoy.
Sunset cruises are particularly popular – and rightly so. These are especially romantic for couples to savour together.
As you cruise, you may sight everything from crocodiles and hippos to birdlife and sometimes even elephants who cross the river to get to lush islands of vegetation. Other game, like giraffes and baboons, are also often seen.
Add to that the splendour of Africa’s fourth largest river system – and you are all set for a special river cruise outing!
Please be advised that national park entry fees may be excluded from the boat trip fare(s). So you may need to pay separately or at least factor in enough money for both.
3) Experience Dazzling Victoria Falls and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park falls on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and though it is relatively small (only some 66 square kilometres big), this protected region and UNESCO World Heritage Site is an unforgettable Zambian travel experience.
Meaning ‘the smoke which/that thunders’, Mosi-oa-Tunya is home to the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls.
Not only can you enjoy visiting this world-famous attraction but you can do so in a variety of different ways. This includes through trails that travel either above the falls or across the gorge, accessible via the rainforest, facing into the falls.
The rainforest is another highlight on the Zambian side. Additionally, visitors can also enjoy safari game drives as the park is home to different game, including zebra, giraffe and elephants – or visit the famous Devil’s Pools.
These are just a handful of the experiences and attractions that draw visitors to the gorgeous Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
4) Head to Wilder Kafue National Park
As Zambia’s largest wildlife reserve, and indeed, one of the biggest parks in all Africa, Kafue National Park is another unmissable Zambian attraction for locals and foreigners alike to experience.
The park has both a wide variety of plains’ game, as well as a dense concentration of elephants, yet perhaps one of its biggest drawcards is the incredible, rich birdlife found here.
The north-western part of the park, Busanga Swamps, attracts some 500 different bird species. These include everything from herons to egrets and even the endangered wattle crane.
Additionally, game such as waterbuck, buffalo, elephant, lions and leopards can be found within different or widespread parts of the park, making it equally excellent for traditional African game viewing, as much as it is a haven for birders.
Guests can enjoy a variety of different experiences, including walking safaris, night drives (only permitted with certified guides) and boat safaris too.
This – and so much more – makes Kafue a wonderful, wild part of Zambia to explore.
5) Visit Lake Kariba
You could call Lake Kariba, and especially nearby town, Siavonga, Zambia’s own Riviera, as this beautiful holiday paradise offers its own kind of wanderlust and romance.
Lake Kariba is one of the world’s largest artificial (man-made) lakes and a worthy, yet often overlooked, Zambian travel experience at that.
This stunning lake is well-known for its spectacular sunsets, excellent game viewing opportunities, bird watching, fishing and other water-based activities, meaning there is plenty for guests to see and enjoy here.
Edging Lake Kariba is Siavonga, a town that, thanks to its favourable location and panoramic lake views, is popular among families, holiday makers and business travellers.
When visiting Lake Kariba, be sure to visit this lovely town, which offers its own beauty and appeal as one of Zambia’s best-loved travel destinations.
There are a host of local attractions, activities and great accommodation offerings for visitors to enjoy here as well.
Suffice to say that Zambia is a world-class travel destination. It offers something for every kind of traveller to enjoy.
Whether you are craving romantic sunset cruises, epic wildlife safaris, amazing birdwatching opportunities or simply the chance to relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful, luxurious accommodation offerings in Africa – then Zambia is an ideal country for you.