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April 7th, 2018

Zambia’s Must Sees

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,
AROUND CHIPATA
  • 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

AROUND LUSAKA
  • 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.
AROUND MONGU
  • 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

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