View Map

Overview

Northeastern Zambia is one Africa’s greatest safari destinations, with a tourist circuit centered upon three superb national parks. Lower Zambezi National park, protecting the stretch of the Zambezi that flows downriver from Kariba toward Cahora Bassa Dam, is renowned for its canoeing opportunities, following a stretch of river teeming with hippos, crocodiles and elephants, while its terrestrial sector offers some of the most reliable predator viewing in Africa – lion by day, leopard by night, boosted by a small but regular population of the endangered African wild dog. Excellent leopard sightings are also a feature of South Luangwa National ...

Northeastern Zambia is one Africa’s greatest safari destinations, with a tourist circuit centered upon three superb national parks. Lower Zambezi National park, protecting the stretch of the Zambezi that flows downriver from Kariba toward Cahora Bassa Dam, is renowned for its canoeing opportunities, following a stretch of river teeming with hippos, crocodiles and elephants, while its terrestrial sector offers some of the most reliable predator viewing in Africa – lion by day, leopard by night, boosted by a small but regular population of the endangered African wild dog. Excellent leopard sightings are also a feature of South Luangwa National Park, which is Zambia’s best developed safari destination, yet still remains comparatively untrammeled. Its near neighbor, North Luangwa, has a real wilderness atmosphere and is an excellent spot for guided walking safaris in an area that hosts plenty of big game. Farther north, on the border with Tanzania and the Congo, is the remote southern sector of Lake Tanganyika, which is the world’s longest and second-deepest lake, and home to an astonishing tally of 500-plus fish species, making for great freshwater snorkeling. Swampy Lake Bangweulu is another popular safari destination, especially for bird watchers, as it is one of the most reliable places in Africa for seeing the much-sought-after shoebill.

Philip Briggs
About the Expert

Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

view full overview

Philip Briggs for Triporati

Compare Flight, Car Rental, and Hotel Rates

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Southern Africa, borders on Malawi and Tanzania
  • Language: English, Nyanja, Bemba, Lunda, Tonga, Lozi, Luvale, Kaonda
  • Currency: Zambian Kwacha
  • Weather: Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    The dry season corresponds with the northern hemisphere summer and is the best time to visit for game viewing and cooler temperatures. Some national parks close during the rainy season (November-April).