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“He could tell by the way the animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their hearts that they walked to.” -
Laura Adams Armer
SECRET GEMS OF ZAMBIA – BEST SAFARIS IN AFRICA
We handcraft memorable and affordable journeys for private and small groups.
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
SEASONS OF ZAMBIA
The Emerald Season (Green / Wet Season)
November: Hot with the season's first short, warm showers – this is the rain we like to dance in after the long dry months and is the month of “Petrichor”. Definitely a month we recommend. Remote camps close due to lack of access.
December and January: Showers and hot sunny days.
February and March: The heavy rains in Zambia. There are some overcast days but mostly sunny warm days and evenings. (not the best time to visit if you don’t like rain!).
April: Occasional short afternoon showers and sunny days, the quick, short afternoon rains of April rarely affect your safari. We love April but the grass is long.
The Copper Season (Dry Season)
May: The rain has gone leaving a lush green landscape and night time temperatures start to drop.
June, July and August: Winter time has much cooler nights but the days are clear, sunny and warm. (You will need warm clothes to wrap up if you're out in the early morning or at night). This time of year often has cloudless days and increasing game sightings as the bush dries out.
September and October: The bush is at its thinest and the temperatures are hot. Excellent game viewing as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources. Bushcamps close end of October to mid November.
Best Time For
January to March – Best time for sunsets as the rains clears the skies of the dust.
January to February – The floodplains of Liuwa Plain slowly begin to fill and is a great time for birding, boating and incredible landscape photography.
February to April – River Safaris to explore the Luangwa River by boat. The lush, green landscape supports specific fauna and flora; birders flock to the Luangwa Valley during these months.
March to April – Liuwa Plain with abundant wildebeest and a great time to see lions, hyenas, cheetahs and wild dogs hunting. Dramatic storm and sunsets.
May - Best time to find the shoebill stork.
June - The wildebeest begin migrating north.
June to November –With access to all park areas and concentrated wildlife
viewing. You have and best chance of seeing lots of wildlife in Zambia.
June to August – Best time to snuggle up by the campfire in the chilly winter evenings. (Morning game drives in winter are really cold, so bring warm clothing.)
March to August - Victoria Falls is at its best from March to August for the highest water levels.
June to August – walk to Angels Pool which is a little further back from the falls at 15 metres from the sheer 100-metre drop – Angel's Pool is still a must-see, but offers visitors a bit more confidence, comfort and safety while still experiencing the epic view and thunderous roars of the falls.
July to August – Walking safaris. Track the Thornicroft Giraffe in South Luangwa on foot. Look out for the green five and the small five.
July to October – Follow the hunting lions in the Busanga Plain just after sunset.
Mid August to December – Swim to Devils Pool (sit on the edge of Victoria Falls) or dine with your feet in the water on a sandbank or island.
September – Best time to see the colonies of the breeding carmine bee-eaters in the river banks of the Luangwa and Zambezi.
August to September – Fly over the Busanga Plain in a hot air balloon in the Kafue National Park and see the extraordinary landscapes at dawn .
October to November Liuwa's wildebeest migration is the second largest on the continent, the annual wild flowers in bloom and dramatic storms and sunsets.
October to November – Elephants annual visit to Mfuwe Lodge for the Acacia pods (Elephant biscuits)
October to December - Victoria Falls is the best time to see the depth and magnificence of the gorge when the water levels are low.
Mid October to mid December – best time to see the world’s largest mammal migration of Fruit bats in Kasanka National Park.
November – Zambia’s best kept secret with lower rates, excellent game viewing as the grass is still short, hot days with occasional showers.
December to May - The landscape is greener plus it’s low season, which means lower rates! You can see newborn animals and is the best time for superb birdlife, including migratory birds.
South Luangwa, Central Kafue and Central Lower Zambezi have “open all year” camps so you can visit in any season.
Fly over the Victoria Falls in a helicopter or microlight.
Approach the Rhinos in Livingstone on foot from a reasonable distance.
The thrill of a canoe safari is usually a time of calm and peace.
Exciting night drives with nocturnal predators. (a hunting leopard, a marauding family of hyenas, civets, porcupines and servals).
Sundowners in the middle of the bush or a sunset boat safari while the setting sun sets the African sky ablaze.
Zambia is known for her Excellent guides.
High Season - July to October is when all camps are open
Shoulder Season – November, April, May, June are our favourite months for lots of great deals.
Low Season – December to March the parks are very quiet. River safaris and birding are excellent combined with low prices.