Things to do in Zambia
Have we mentioned how perfect Zambia is for walking safaris?! The notion of the walking safari as an experience to bring travellers into the landscape and wildlife they’re observing as opposed to just watching it from afar was founded in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and the country is known for its world class guides. Their knowledge will blow you away as will the opportunity to get up close and personal with animal behaviour.
Say what you will about Zambia’s roads, but one of the best laid routes is that from South Luangwa to Malawi, which only takes about four hours to drive. Combining the two gives you a really unique safari and beach holiday (the beach being the sun-kissed shores of resplendent Lake Malawi) – something that people just don’t expect to get from these landlocked nations.
You cannot go to Zambia without seeing the magnificence of Victoria Falls; it is a crime (well, not a crime crime, but you will be doing yourself an injustice). They really are as awe-inspiring as they’re said to be. From Zambia, when the water level is low you can get to Livingstone Island, which is idyllic. There’s also the Devil’s Pool – a small pool that you can go and sit in right over the top of the falls – quite the adrenaline buzz.
Booking a safari with a local guide is advice that we’d give anywhere in Africa, but especially in Zambia, where walking safaris are known to be really brought to life through the eyes, ears and knowledge of the expert local guides that lead them. Keeping it local is one of the most interesting ways to go on safari – and the most beneficial for local people and wildlife too.