There is so much to see in Zambia. It even made the New York Times’ Top 52 Places to See in 2018. I guess I can be a follower, just this once 🙂 Approximate timing: mid September to mid October.
Please add to my Zambian must sees by posting comments below.
Part 1: Northern and Eastern Half
AROUND LAKE & SWAMP BANGWEULU
- Shoebills here too
- Banguelu Wetlands – stay at Shoebill Island Camp in the heart of the wetlands.
- Shiwa Ng’andu, a grand English manor house
- Kapishya Hot Springs, close to the manor house
- North Luangwa National Park – remote, difficult to access but known for walking safaris.
- Further north are Kalambo Falls,
- No need to go to Chipata town
- South Luangwa National Park – best park in Zambia. Great lodge options and pricing. Bushwalking.
- Luangwan Valley (offshoot of Great Rift Valley) and River – wide, beautiful, a must see!
- The Great East Road, with large suspension bridge at Luangwa River (permanent security checkpoint manned by the army)
AROUND KASANKA NATIONAL PARK
- Privately managed park, small but not crowded in a very good way.
- Bat migration – 10 million fruit bats migrate here between October and December. Large migration of mammals in the world.
- See Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope.
- Great (and cheap) campsite options 🙂
Part 2: Southern and Western Half
- See Jito. Also, nightlife and ex-pat bars.
- Galleries, markets and the odd statue.
- Copperbelt province, north of Lusaka
AROUND KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
- Stunning park, with great landscapes, leopard roaming freely and good roads.
- Jolly Boys Backpackers for budget safaris.
- Liuwa Plain National Park – NYT Top 52 places to visit this year. Very remote.
AROUND ZAMBEZI AND ZIM BORDER
- Lower Zambezi Valley, canoe safaris
- Lake Kariba and houseboats
- Victoria Falls