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Zambia Safaris Trip Reviews

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South Luangwa / Lower Zambezi

Victoria Falls / Kafue

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South Luangwa National Park


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With a large concentration of mammal and bird life, the South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa's foremost safari destinations.

The park covers an area of 9050 sq kilometres which is half the size of Wales and over three times the area of Rhode Island which makes it ideal for big five Zambia safaris.

Over the years, it's built up a reputation as a very good place for leopard sightings due to the fact that it seems to have one of the highest densities of this secrtive and highly adaptive cat in Africa.

Member of a large lion pride Huge lion pride » Gary couldn't believe his good fortune when they came across the Mwamba lions because there were 17 of the big cats on view and apparently that is only half the membership of the full pride...
Wild dog portrait South Luangwa wild dogs » Here's proof that you can also see the highly endangered wild dog in South Luangwa. Ian, who is a keen wildlife photographer, managed to view these highly efficient hunters while he was staying at the Kaingo and Mwamba bush camps...
Baby giraffe feeding Robin Pope photographic tour » Photography safaris are specialised trips which place different demands on an operator then a run of the mill viewing safari. And judging by Jeff's trip report Robin Pope Safaris has managed to get all the ingredients just right...

Zambia Africa safari adventure Charles rates his safari experience in Zambia as an 11 out of 10. It included, amongst other things, a hippo chase, lions in camp, snake for dinner and a visit to the Victoria Falls...

Request full trip report » Margot was lucky enough to spot virtually all the rarest animals in the reserve and she did it in style by staying at the Nkwali camp which overlooks the river...

Off the beaten track South Luangwa remains one of the best locations for a secluded safari, even in the peak season of August. Going on a walking safari also brings you closer to the details of nature, as Kim found out...

Request full trip report » Wildlife roams free around and sometimes in Flatdogs camp which Noel and Bron soon realised when they were awoken by an elephant in the dead of night who was scavenging for vegetables in the dustbins...

Request full trip report » So what do you do when three lions turn up outside the reception office? You tell them, VERY carefully, that the campsite is full...

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Lower Zambezi National Park


Situated in the south eastern part of Zambia, not far from Lusaka, between Kariba Lake in the west and Mozambique border in the east. The mighty Zambezi River is the southern park border and also the country border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The park features almost 400 bird species and a great variety of game. Viewing the natural abundance from canoes is a popular activity of Zambia safaris here - just watch out for the hippos!

Lower Zambezi baby zebra Normann Carr Review » The highlight for Helen was canoeing on the crocodile infested waters of the Zambezi River. She also enjoyed the fishing and the walks. The accommodation, food and wildlife sightings were also top notch as her trip report explains...
Lower Zambezi Canoe Trip Zambezi river canoe safari » Hélène had an excellent time canoeing on the Zambezi River and just enjoying each and every day of discovering animals. The highlight was when a particularly large animal visited camp at night keeping her awake because of pure excitement and adrenaline...
Safari vehicle Adventure safari » Clare and her 8 friends enjoyed a short variety adventure safari in perfect weather conditions. They went walking in the bushveld which was an amazing experience as it brought them very close to lots of interesting insects, small mammals, flowers and trees...

Lower Zambezi experience This trip report underlines the fact that Zambia has just as much to offer as other safari destinations in Africa. Dennis had such a good time on this safari that he booked another trip with the same safari company to visit the Kafue National Park...

Victoria Falls


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The Victoria Falls lies on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Views from both sides are spectacular but the entrance fee on the Zambian side is cheaper. This waterfall is rated as one of the natural wonders of the world with good reason (especially during the rainy season when the river is full) so it's a very good idea to include it in Zambia safaris itineraries.

It's possible to view the spectacle from the top, mid-way and bottom of the waterfall so be prepared to do a reasonable amount of walking, it really is worth it.

Victoria Falls spray Zambezi Sun Review » Suzie's Zambia review is short but contains useful information on various aspects of a short break to Livingstone. It will equip you to make the most of your future visit to the wonderful Victoria Falls area...
Vic falls in April Victoria Falls trip review » Liza was one in a group of four who organised their own self-catering Victoria Falls camping trip. They found a great place to base themselves in Livingstone. The Falls themselves were magnificent (she sent the photos to prove it); they got soaked by the spray, or "smoke that thunders"...

Kafue National Park


Both old (proclaimed in 1950) and large (more than 22400 sq kilometres), the Kafue National Park is an adventure travelers delight because it still relatively undiscovered and underdeveloped. There is no chance of getting into the multiple vehicle scrums around a lion pride here as happens in many of the parks in Eastern Africa.

The geography of the park is wildly different from the tree and water rich areas of the south containing three rivers to the vast, flat expanse of Busenga plains in the North Western section, making for a very different Zambia safaris experience.

Kudu ear close up Kafue Zambia travel report » Another Zambia safaris destination that somehow seems to slip under the radar is Kafue, which is strange as it provides an excellent African safari experience as Dennis found out to his delight...

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Cha Luangwa Safaris Review 
We spotted 4 leopards. One of them we saw was during daylight. The leopard was lying down in the grass just a couple of meters away. We were all taking …

Luangwa Safari Leopard 
My Luangwa safari wildlife spotting highlight was seeing my first leopard. They are much smaller than you would expect and move so incredibly nimbly and …

Kaingo Hippo Hide 
I saw plenty of hippos. The Kaingo hippo hide is absolutely sensational and really great for viewing and photographing hippos at close quarters ( hopefully …

Zambia Lion Kill  
A sundowner by the river, near a herd of grazing puku, was ended abruptly just after dusk by some approaching lions. Within minutes, we had a grandstand …

Magical South Luangwa 
The sightings were fantastic. I find it hard to single out any one of them in particular. The five leopards, seeing my first two kills by the “Hollywood” …

Shenton Safaris Review 
I went on a 150th birthday safari. Two friends and I all hit the big 5-0 together, and kindly let my husband join us on the celebratory holiday, most of …

Survived a Hippo Attack 
Our paddle down the Zambezi River was beautiful and we survived a hippo attack, which while frightening, gave us great stories to tell on our return. Other …

Wild Dog Safari 
Jacob at Robin Pope Safaris was one of the best guides we have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and knew a lot about photography – i.e. how to position …

Zambia Camping Safari 
The highlight of my trip was the view from our camp site. I loved walking a few feet and having a view that overlooked the river with hippos and monkeys. …

Kafunta Safaris Review 
We saw 6 leopards, 30 lions, more than 100 elephants, hippos, buffalos, impalas, bushbucks, kudus, zebras, waterbucks, crocodiles, giraffes, warthogs, …

Africa Calls Review 
The best part of my safari was tracking animals (lions) by following footprints. Also witnessing the cycle of life, both wildlife and plant life. Overall …

Kayila Lodge Review 
When we arrived to Kayila Lodge everything was just perfect. Our great guide, the staff, the food, the surroundings and the feeling of being in the real …

Jackalberry Safaris Review 
Sitting in the open game drive cruising trough the park was really beautiful. Issac Banda, the safari guide, really knew what he was doing. He seemed to …

Wonderful Safari in Zambia 
My friend and I enjoyed a fabulous safari at a wonderful lodge in the Lower Zambezi in Zambia. I'm in tourism, so I planned and booked the tour myself. …

Prolific Luangwa Predators 
A few hundred meters from the camp the guide and spotter were clearly not yet in the groove and drove straight past a dozing leopard. After relayed messages …

Zambia Hippo Haven 
A fish eagle calls as we watch a family of elephants on the other bank and some hippo’s grunting midstream. Suddenly there is a loud rustling behind …

Zambia Leopard Sightings 
Four good leopard sightings were among the highlights, an incredible array of birds, porcupine sniffing around our door at night, hyena, a lion kill, wildebeest, …

Affordable Luxury Safari 
My son wanted to remain at Kaingo camp; my friend has wanted to repeat our whole experience. Since it was so perfect, I hesitate to ‘try’ to repeat it. …

Zambia Safari Adventure 
We were treated like VIPs. The guides are exceptional which is why we chose this Zambia safari destination. The one called Derek is particularly good. …

Mwamba Camp Impressions 
One of the best parts was the scenery and just being in the bush, and for most of our stay at Mwamba camp, having it to ourselves. The river, the oxbow …

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