Zambia is the Land of the legendary African walking safari, home of the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, all in one friendly country.Zambia is the Land of the legendary African walking safari, home of the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, all in one friendly country.The Wildlife is superb and some of the finest Safaris on the planet are available in Zambia’s game parks, like the South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks.The parks offer the chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s big game, with some of the highest concentrations of leopard, lion and elephants on the continent.
Zambia is a large country, a bit larger than the state of Texas, and was previously known as Northern Rhodesia.Its diverse terrain, including lush river valleys, Kalahari bushveld, plateau woodland and huge swamps, contains a great variety of species.Zambia is one of the best places in Africa to hunt dangerous game such as lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant, as well as a great variety of plains game.The finest sable in Africa are found in Zambia, as well as several unique species found nowhere else.These include the Kafue lechwe, black lechwe, and Cookson’s wildebeest.
The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices and a prolonged drought hurt the economy.
Zambia was one of the last countries to be discovered by foreign sportsmen, but for more than 30 years now, it has been one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa.
In recent years the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has done much to improve wildlife management, which is the cornerstone of the country’s tourism industry.Zambia boasts 19 national parks and 27 game management areas (GMAs). Modest harvest quotas and tight control of the safari industry have resulted in a high level of service and high success rates on big game safaris. Three types of safari licenses are permitted in Zambia: the Classic Safari, with a minimum duration of 14 days, which allows the hunter to hunt leopard lion, buffalo, and other premier species, as well as all species of plains game, and the Mini Safari, which allows the purchaser to hunt for a maximum of 5 animals, excluding high value species such as lion, leopard, sable and roan are the most popular.There are also Special Safari licenses which authorize the purchaser to hunt specific species such as Kafue lechwe and sitatunga.
Approximately half of Zambia is still sparsely populated.Therefore, there is ample excellent habitat for wild game.The Luangwa Valley has long been one of the most famous areas in Africa for lion and leopard and huge buffalo.This long river valley with its attendant flood plains and surrounding Mopane woodland has two national parks, which provide a steady reservoir of game for the several GMA blocks which surround them. Equally famous for full-maned lions is the Kafue National park and the hunting GMAs which surround it.On the Kafue Flats the largest of all subspecies of lechwe is found- the Kafue lechwe.The Kafue is also famous for huge sable and a great variety of other antelope.In the north of the country the vast Bangweulu swamp is home to black lechwe, tsessebe, oribi and Zambezi sitatunga.
Blessed with 17 magnificent waterfalls apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia offers tours for ‘cascade followers’ into the remote undeveloped rural areas where you can get a glimpse of village life. Zambia has the largest water resources in the whole of southern Africa with 5 massive lakes and plentiful rivers offering excellent fishing.A wide range of hi-action activities from the legendary Walking Safari deep in the wilderness, to world class River Rafting, Bungi into the deep gorge below the Victoria Falls, Abseiling, Canoeing Safaris down the Zambezi, River Surfing, excellent Tiger Fishing and breath-taking African sunsets.