Zambia sits mainly on an expansive central plateau, and boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers – as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Most of the country has a mild, pleasant climate, while the river valleys are hotter and more humid; the extreme north becomes tropical on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Zambia’s ten large lakes.
While Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just ten kilometres from the Falls, has become well-known as a hub for adventure travel.
Regions in Zambia
With bush camps and lodges in Kafue National Park and the Victoria Falls area, you will have the opportunity to experience both regions for a superb all-round safari, taking in the country’s fascinating wildlife, the mighty Zambezi River and the breathtaking Victoria Falls.
At 2.25 million hectares (5.5 million acres), Kafue National Park is Zambia’s oldest protected area and one of the largest in Africa. The million-hectare northern sector is the perfect location for our camps: remote, wild and diverse, with vast tracts of pristine wilderness. The north-west is dominated by the Busanga Swamps, a papyrus wetland that gives way to the vast floodplain of the Busanga Plains – a seasonally inundated grassland dotted with islands.
The Lunga, Lufupa and Kafue rivers – the major water courses that feed and drain the Park – are lined with riverine forest, and the landscape is further patterned with broad-leaved miombo woodland, floodplains and island thickets. Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the south is another notable feature of the Kafue.
Victoria Fall – Livingstone
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, water cascades over the Victoria Falls at more than twice the rate of Niagara Falls.
This is an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque Zambezi River. Wildlife abounds in the area, particularly during the dry season, and can be viewed while boating on the river or on game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
The main town on the Zambian bank is Livingstone, which boasts a wealth of adrenaline activities and is known as the region’s adventure capital. The Falls straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and both countries share Victoria Falls’ World Heritage Site status.
Busanga Bush Camp | Kafue
Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive, grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizonADVENTURES CAMPFrom USD 1009 Per person per nightHighlights
- At certain times, the rising mist over the floodplains creates spectacular photographic opportunities
- Hot air balloon rides over endless plains, with hippo and dashing lechwe to be seen far below
- The Busanga Plains provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa
Shumba | Kafue
Elegance on the diverse Busanga Plains.CLASSIC CAMPFrom USD 1240 Per person per nightHighlights
- Meaning ‘lion’, Shumba is aptly named after the prides of lion seen in the area
- Sail over the Plains in a hot air balloon – the most exclusive wildlife ballooning in Africa
- The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and oribi
Toka Leya | Victoria Falls – Livingstone
The swiftly flowing Zambezi River hurries past Toka Leya in the central part of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 12km from the Victoria FallCLASSIC CAMPFrom USD 684 Per person per nightHighlights
- Hippo, crocodile and elephant are regularly seen near camp
- Situated just 12 kilometres from the world-renowned Victoria Falls
- The area offers many activities including safaris, fishing on the Zambezi and adrenalin-pumping adventures
Zambia offers impressive diversity as well as large concentrations and numbers of wildlife, and some of the wildest and most remote game areas in Africa. Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains are famous for lion prides while plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and buffalo can be seen. Cheetah and wild dog are present, and a treat is the resident herd of rare roan antelope.
The Zambezi River is home to hippo, crocodile and elephant, as well as incredible birdlife. Mosi-oa-Tunya hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino.
Birdlife in Zambia is prolific, with over 750 bird species found here, including many specials; the north of the country is the southernmost extreme of the bizarre-looking African Shoebill’s range.