National Parks

Up until the 1970's Zambia was considered to have had some of the highest game populations in Africa; unfortunately, over-hunting and poaching have since decimated the game in many areas. Recently however, this safari destination has been steadily recovering, with fresh government controls over hunting and poaching. Today almost 30% of the country is under game management.

Zambia has a relatively undeveloped tourism infrastructure and a small but sophisticated safari industry with excellent lodges and seasonal bush camps and some of Africa's best safari guides. Safaris in Zambia are ideally suited for "old Africa hands" or those seeking a remote and more exclusive safari.

A vast grassy plateau dominates the country with the prime wildlife regions being concentrated around the Luangwa, Kafue and Zambezi water systems. While not sharing the game diversity of some of its neighbors  Zambia's wildlife concentrations are impressive and it is ideal for specialists seeking specific African game species or birdlife on a brilliant scale.

Zambia is the home of the modern walking safari and without doubt offers some of Africa's best traditional walking safaris, particularly in the Luangwa Valley. Night drives are a speciality in Zambia and provide arguably the best means for seeing some of the more elusive nocturnal species, including leopard.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the great wildlife wonders of the world. It covers an extent of approximately 9,050 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and is situated in the eastern part of Zambia. The park has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a National Park in 1972. It offers a safari experience unmatched by any other destination, allowing year round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night game drives. The "Walking Safari" was pioneered in the Luangwa Valley and is still one of the finest ways to experience this unspoiled wilderness first hand. Read More...

NORTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
North Luangwa National Park is a remote tract of land covering 4,636 square kilometres and is one of the most spectacular and untamed wilderness areas in Zambia, if not Africa itself. It is not open to the public and there are no permanent camps in the park. Access is only available through one of the few safari operators granted permission to conduct walking safaris in North Luangwa. Read More...

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia’s newest Park and as such is still relatively undeveloped, but it’s beauty lies in it’s absolute wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. Read More...

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
Kafue is Zambia’s oldest national park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is spread over 22,400 square kilometres - the second largest national park in the world and about the size of Wales. Read More...

LOCHINVAR NATIONAL PARK
Lochinvar National Park, although not abundant in the larger mammals, is nonetheless a park of exceptional beauty and outstanding birding opportunities with over 420 recorded species in its 428 square kilometers. Read More...

SIOMA NGWEZI NATIONAL PARK
This 5,000 square kilometre park in the south western corner of the country has been completely undeveloped and rarely visited until recently. It is surrounded by a 35,000 square kilometre Game Management Area (GMA). Read More...

LIUWA PLAINS NATIONAL PARK
This remote park in the far west of Zambia is pristine wilderness, which to the ardent bush lover, makes it a huge attraction and the rewards are great. Liuwa Plain is best accessed via one of three tour operators offering mobile safaris. Read More...

MWERU WANTIPA NATIONAL PARK
The swampland surrounding Lake Mweru in the far northern part of the country is much the same as the swamps of the Bangweulu in its profusion of waterbirds during the rainy season. The lake is surrounded by local fishing villages. It is possible to ask them to take you through the swamps in a dugout for a negotiable fee. Read More...

THE BANGWEULU FLOODPLAINS
Although not a national park, the Great Bangweulu Basin is worth mentioning. The Basin, incorporating the vast Bangweulu Lake and a massive wetland area, lies in a shallow depression in the centre of an ancient cratonic platform, the North Zambian Plateau. Read More...

NSUMBU NATIONAL PARK
Lying on the southern shores of Lake Tanganyika, in the northern most tip of Zambia, Nsumbu National Park covers an area of just over 2,000 square kilometers and encompasses 100kms of some of the most pristine shores of this vast Lake. Read More...

WEST LUNGA NATIONAL PARK
The 1,684 km West Lunga National Park is situated between the West Lunga and Kabompo rivers; both are perennial and swamps are numerous along the latter. Several forest and woodland types make up the vegetation, including Cryptosepalum on the kalahari sand areas and limited areas of mixed miombo woodland. Read More... 

MOSI-AO-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK
Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park is divided into two sections; a game park along the riverbank and the staggering Victoria Falls, each with separate entrances. The immense and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls are known to the local people as Mosi-oa-Tunya - "Smoke Which Thunders", and is the greatest known curtain of falling water in the world. Read More...