Secret Gems of Zambia
This unspoilt corner of Africa is home to many wonders of the world, including the Victoria Falls – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zambia boasts to have the world’s longest freshwater lake – Lake Tanganyika, which is also the second deepest after lake Baikal in Russia. The immense depth is because it lies in the Great Rift Valley and is regarded as one of the most biologically unique places on earth. Offering wildlife experiences second to none along with top guides, beautiful scenery and luxurious lodges. Zambia has it all.
20 Great Reasons to Visit Zambia:
- The best kept secret in Africa and low tourist numbers.
- The real Africa – back into the remote and wild bush.
- Wildlife deluxe – 30% of Zambia is reserved for wildlife.
- Water, water, water – the mighty Victoria Falls, all the rivers and waterfalls.
- South Luangwa – Valley of the Leopards.
- In Lower Zambezi and Livingstone you can dine on a private Island.
- Personal service & dedication from the small owner-run camps & lodges with top-quality guides. See if you can identify the green five and the small five.
- Easy to reach – connected via Lusaka and Livingstone.
- Safety & ease of travel so no need to worry.
- Largest mammal migration in the world is Kasanka’s fruit bat migration with up to 8 million bats and the second largest wildebeest migration in Liuwa, both in November.
- Nsumbu National Park is home to the world’s longest and presumed deepest Lake. Lake Tanganyika is host to over 300 species of fish of which over two thirds are unique.
- Lochinvar National Park is home to a haven of over 428 proven bird species in one location.
- Lake Bangwelu – Samfya beach has the largest in-land White sandy beaches in Africa.
- Elephants – Zambia is the final home for a migration of over 4000 migrating Elephants from the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Cuambo Plains of Angola to the undeveloped and wild Sioma Ngwezi National Park.
- Adrenaline – Zambia is the only place you can sit on top of the Victoria Falls at Devils Pool or swim underneath them.
- Zambians are very friendly and have a great sense of humour. The biggest smiles ensure the warmest welcome.
- Birders paradise – from bee-eaters, lovebirds, flycatchers, kingfishers to eagles and vultures and home to the Zambian Barbet (Lybius chaplini). The list of bird species recorded in Zambia is a total of 856 species.
- Locally sourced food – we have a thriving horticulture sector which provides abundant fresh produce, local greens and indigenous fruits.
- Swim in a natural plunge pool in the Kafue National Park.
- Feed rescued elephants and enjoy fine dining in Zambia’s best restaurant at the Elephant Café
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Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help.
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I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.
Essential Safari Guide and Travel Tips
Access and Transfers
Scheduled daily flight services connect Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe. Ntanda are able to book seats domestic scheduled services or arrange private charter flights or road transfers.
What to Pack
Binoculars, Camera (with spare batteries), Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Warm jacket for months of June and July (it is very cold early morning and at sunset), Neutral coloured clothing (not white), Comfortable light-weight walking shoes, Torch (with spare batteries), Raincoat for months of November to March, Hat or cap, US Dollars cash in most recent notes with big heads and smaller denominations (some Airport departure taxes are not included on charter flights, The Zambian Entrance Visa is $50 per person and it is payable on entry and gratuities. Laundry is done daily in most camps . Pack luggage in soft bags. The weight should not exceed 15kg per person for many flights.
What to expect of a day on Safari
Sunrise: Hippo and Bird sounds, and a friendly morning knock on the door
Breakfast: Light continental breakfast
Morning Game Viewing: Walk or drive
Midday Lunch: Buffet or picnic
Early Afternoon: Rest, read, write , a swim or hide viewing depending on camp.
Afternoon Tea: Tea/coffee with cakes or biscuits
Afternoon Game Viewing: Evening game drive with sundowners and spotlight viewing after dark.
Sundowners: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and bar snacks
Dinner: Three course meal beneath the stars
Two main choices: Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Main advantage: can change lenses from wide angle to telephoto
Lens: Point and Shoot Easy to use with a zoom lens, Wide angle (18mm-50mm) best for landscapes, Telephoto (80mm-300mm) and lenses bigger than 300mm require a tripod or bean bag.(some camps provide bean bags)
Camera Bag – Protection for your camera and equipment is necessary.
Batteries – Travel with spares, as some camps have no charging facilities.
Cleaning – Don’t forget a blower, brush and cloth to clean off the dust.
Filters – Polarizing filters increase colour contrast saturation, remove reflection and darken blue skies (although they may absorb some of the light)
Manual focus cameras use a Linear Polarizer. Most auto focus cameras use a Circular Polarizer.
Check In – Remember to take your camera and equipment on the plane as carry on luggage!
Child Policy – age restrictions vary from camp to camp . Parents are advised to pre-book private game viewing vehicles for maximum flexibility.
Children must be 12 years or older for some activities.
Malaria Area – Please consult your doctor before departure.
Private Vehicle/Private Guide – Can be requested at time of booking at additional cost.
Battery Charging- avail at some camps (220V), please carry spares.
Currency – USD Cash is the currency of preference Notes must be new with big heads and smaller denominations (older notes not accepted by Zambian banks )
Visa/Master Card credit cards – are accepted at some camps.
Visas: Required for most passports Single entry visa costs US$50 per person at the point of entry to Zambia. Kaza visa maybe applicable.
Airport Meet and Greet – To be pre-booked at the time of booking.
Airport Information -Lusaka, Livingstone and Mfuwe International Airport have customs and immigration facilities .
Airport Taxes – most are included but private charters departing for a destination within Zambia US$16 per person. Flights departing for an international destination US$40 per person .
Flying within Zambia – Luggage allowance on smaller aircraft is 12kg per person, to be packed in soft bags.
Flight reservations can only be made for confirmed bookings , cancellation charges and flight restrictions apply. Discounts for children under 18 years may apply on some scheduled services. All flights subject to availability at time of booking.
Even in the most Luxurious lodges, Africa can be tougher than home. Remember to stay hydrated, pack plenty of sunscreen and lip balm. Don’t forget your vaccinations! Carry a copy of the prescription for medication and keep essentials in your hand luggage. Let your agent know in advance if you have any allergies. Ensure your travel insurance is valid for country of destination.
Life is very different outside of the lodge for the local community, remember to be considerate of the dynamics and customs, whatever they may be. Respect the local cultures and customs.
Preparation and Ingenuity
Half the charm of a safari is the feeling of ‘roughing it’ like adventurers did in the early 20th century. Use soft luggage as most light aircraft have a luggage weight restriction of 15kg per person. Most lodges offer a daily laundry service . Pack a sarong which has a multitude of uses will increase the amount of space in your luggage or a foldable bag with lots of pockets.
Sense of Humour
Nobody knows the definition of ‘African time’ better than Africans themselves. Africa is still a developing continent and things have a tendency to run behind schedule, whether it’s a transfer from the airport or a meal arriving a few minutes late at your restaurant table. Just take it in your stride and remind yourself that it is all part of the experience. Game lodges may pride themselves on their service but a sense of humour is essential for bonding with your fellow travellers and game rangers. Zambians are very friendly and have a great sense of humour.
A safari is infinitely better when enjoyed with eyes wide open. Make the most of it by sampling the local dishes and try every safari experience offered by your lodge or camp. Ask your guide lots of questions. Take photos at every opportunity and ensure you have plenty spare batteries, some remote camps don’t have charging facilities.
Unless you have booked a private safari vehicle, (recommended if you have young children ) you will more than likely be sharing one with other travellers, so do avoid wearing bright colours while on safari and be considerate of your travelling companions.
The idea of a Big-5 safari is a little dated and goes back to the age of safari hunting in the early 20th century. While this group is undeniably beautiful, so are the many other species that live in Africa’s bushlands especially the endemic ones. While guides are experts at their jobs and will do everything they can to ensure incredible wildlife sightings, the wilderness is not a zoo and no sightings can be entirely guaranteed. A safari holiday is much more than just ticking off animals on a list; it’s a holiday made up of special and thrilling moments, fireside stories and embracing local cultures. Do look out for the “green five” and the “small five.”
Giving out cash to everybody who approaches you on the street is not recommended, most lodges do offer their own initiatives to help benefit the surrounding community and the wildlife within the reserve. Donations are gladly accepted and are a lifeline to the conservation of the area, its wildlife and the people who call it home.
Remember in remote bush destinations internet availability is intermittent and often comes with limited access. Plan to relax in Africa.