Zambia wildlife holiday in depth
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PlanetWe know the wildlife of Kafue, Kasanka, Bangweulu, North Luangwa and South Luangwa very well, and are committed to its protection and conservation. Kafue and South Luangwa are both very popular safari destinations and protect regionally important populations of many charismatic species, including lion, elephant, leopard, wild dog and buffalo. Kafue's Busanga Plains protect a huge diversity of birdlife, as well as an extremely important population of cheetah and Kafue lechwe. South Luangwa and North Luangwa have a very high level of endemism, with several sub-species such as Thornicroft's giraffe, Crawshay's zebra and Cookson's wildebeest found nowhere else. South Luangwa is an important conservation area for leopard, with North Luangwa a hugely valuable site for black rhino. Bangweulu plays host to impressive populations of black lechwe, Bangweulu tsessebe and, more recently, cheetah. The vulnerable shoebill is also present in Bangweulu. Kasanka is an internationally important roosting site for straw-coloured fruit bats, and also offers excellent habitat for the elusive sitatunga.
Throughout this tour, we take every effort to minimise the impact our presence has on the environment. We use tented accommodation for much of this tour, taking all refuse with us and minimising our use of fuel and water. Game-viewing is typically conducted from vehicles, though there will be opportunities for walking in Kasanka, Bangweulu, Mutinondo, North Luangwa and South Luangwa. This option to explore ecosystems on foot is a great opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for these wilderness areas, and reduce the environmental impact of this tour.
PeopleIt is crucial to our mission that local communities see a genuine benefit from ecotourism. This helps to ensure that value is attached to wildlife and ecosystems by local people, securing the long-term future of these wilderness areas and the wildlife that inhabit them. As such, we insist that all suppliers in Zambia employ people from the local community wherever possible. In Bangweulu, local guides will be used, with local ecoguards also employed in North Luangwa. The guides, cooks and ecoguards used throughout the tour will always be Zambian.
We support the excellent work done in Zambia's by national parks by a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations. In particular, our visits to Bangweulu and Kafue support the work of African Parks, an excellent South African NGO that does great work to protect and restore threatened ecosystems across the continent. Whilst in situ in Kafue and Bangweulu, our relationship with African Parks will allow us to engage proactively with the local community, and clients are welcome to bring with them gifts or useful supplies that would be sincerely appreciated by the outreach teams at African Parks.
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