Reasons to Visit Zambia on safari
Apart from Victoria Falls — the world’s largest waterfall — Zambia remains a mostly unknown entity even to more intrepid travelers.
On the one hand, this is a terrible injustice to this exciting, enigmatic and unfailingly welcoming country.
On the other hand, it’s a significant part of the appeal.
However, the Zambian government has recently reiterated its intention to put tourism at the top of its agenda.
The visa process for international visitors has been simplified in 2015 and the World Health Organization also came to the party and declared Zambia a yellow-fever-free zone.
As the often ill-informed furor around Ebola slowly peters out, Zambia is sending an increasingly loud message to the world that it is very much open for business.
So the best time to explore Zambia is right now, before everyone else cottons on.
Zambia is one of the few African countries that can pretty much guarantee the full pantheon of Africa’s wildlife without having to be inside a fenced area.
But to see Zambia at its absolute wildest, nothing beats South Luangwa National Park.This park has one of the highest densities of big game anywhere in Africa, but vast swathes remain largely unexplored. Above all else, South Luangwa has become feted for its leopard sightings — anyone who comes here and doesn’t see any leopards needs their eyes tested.
Among safari aficionados, Zambia is feted for its guided bush walks and walking safaris.
Though these activities aren’t unique to Zambia, the level of knowledge of the guides generally is.
With the density of wildlife, dearth of fences and continued prevalence of traditional rural living, one of the arguments is that Zambia’s guides grow up in closer proximity to the wonders of the African bush than most.
Whatever the case, there’s probably nothing more exhilarating than tracking lions through the bush on foot, and Lower Zambezi National Park has to be the best place in Zambia to do this.