Zambia

South Luangwa Park

South Luangwa is Zambia’s premier wildlife destination, It lies between the Luangwa River to the east and the Mchinga escarpment in the west. It is 9,050 sq.km (3,500 sq miles) in size and home to over 60 species of mammal and almost 450 species of bird.

Luangwa River takes a slow meandering course down the valley, with the seasonal rise and fall in water levels many ox-bow lagoons are formed. It is the fertile soils associated with these lagoon systems which allow the large variety of species and a high number of animals that are found in the areas close to the main river.

South Luangwa is origin to “walking safaris”, they were common long before anywhere else and with the high quality of guiding found at most of the safari operations, the most exciting way of experiencing the African bush. Night drives are still popular activities offered by most camps giving guests the chance to see nocturnal species that will not be seen by day. Early evening drives are best for watching predators hunting.

The Valley provides an excellent habitat for leopards leading to higher than usual concentrations, they are very often seen on night-drives, it is not uncommon to see them in daylight hours as well.

Lower Zambezi

Home to the World Heritage Site, a natural wonders of the world, the might Victoria Falls is and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as Mosi Oa Tunya or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ the Falls drop 111mts into the gorge below.

Livingstone has earned itself a reputation as the adrenalin capital of Southern Africa there are numerous exciting activities from bungee jumping to helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls, gorge swings and arguably the best commercial white-water rafting in the world.

Livingstone Island sits in the middle of the river at the top of the Falls themselves offering unparalleled views to the few guests that are able to venture there.

Livingstone

Home to the World Heritage Site, a natural wonders of the world, the might Victoria Falls is and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as Mosi Oa Tunya or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ the Falls drop 111mts into the gorge below.

Livingstone has earned itself a reputation as the adrenalin capital of Southern Africa there are numerous exciting activities from bungee jumping to helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls, gorge swings and arguably the best commercial white-water rafting in the world.

Livingstone Island sits in the middle of the river at the top of the Falls themselves offering unparalleled views to the few guests that are able to venture there.

Kafue National Park

This is Zambia’s biggest and oldest National Park. The Park is easily accessible by road and air from Lusaka with an airstrip in the Busanga Plains and central part of the park.

The camps in the central part of the Park are open year round whilst the flood-waters that cover the Busanga Plains in the summer months mean that the camps in that area are only open from June through until the end of November.

The Kafue National Park is home to a larger variety of species than any other Park in Zambia, Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan which are uncommon in other Parks are often seen here as are Wild-dog and Cheetah.

Kasanka National Park

This peaceful sanctuary, situated on the south western edge of Lake Bangweulu basin, it is one of Zambia’s smallest national parks. It’s 450 km2 however, are so well endowed with rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, lagoons, meadows and dambos. It supports a uniquely wide range of animals and abundant birds and fish. Do not expect to see large herds of animals round every corner, but it is surely one of the most picturesque parks in Zambia with superb birdlife.
Kasanka’s situation is interesting, it is the first of Zambia’s national parks to be privately managed in partnership with the Zambian Wildlife Authority, and has been in operation since 1986.

The first of Kasanka’s famous straw-coloured fruit bats start arriving towards the middle of October each year. By mid-November the roost has reached its highest density and numbers are estimated to be around eight million! It is believed to be the highest density of mammalian biomass on the planet, as well as the greatest mammal migration known to man. The arrival of the bats normally coincides with the start of the first rains and the ripening of many local fruit and berry species such as the masuku (wild loquat) and waterberry, on which the bats feed. The bat roost is centred on one of the largest remaining patches of Mushitu (indigenous forest) in Kasanka along the Musola River. The edge of the forest is accessible to tourists wanting to see the bats up close (there are 2 hides that are using for viewing of the bats)and trips are arranged at dusk and dawn. The high concentration of food items attracts an incredibly variety of predators and scavengers to the bat forest. Martial eagles, fish eagles, lesser-spotted and African hawk-eagles, kites, vultures and hobby falcons are amongst the raptors that concentrate on the roost for easy pickings, whereas leopard, water monitors and crocodiles make off with those bats unfortunate enough to drop to the forest floor.

An impressive 108 mammal species have been recorded in the park. Puku are the most plentiful antelope and graze on the grassy floodplains and dambo’s throughout the Park. Common Duiker, Bushbuck, Warthog, Vervet Monkey and Kinda Baboon (a race of the yellow baboon) are common throughout the park and Hippo can frequently be encountered in Kasanka’s rivers and lakes, including in Lake Wasa, opposite the main Lodge. Kasanka is perhaps the best place in the world to spot the shy and reclusive Sitatunga, of which the park holds an estimated 500-1,000 animals, and offers great opportunities for sightings of the rare Blue Monkey. Elephant are faring increasingly well and several breeding herds and bachelor bulls traverse the park and the surrounding Game Management Area. Several of the plains like Chikufwe are home to Common Reedbuck, Buffalo, Sable Antelope and Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, which are often encountered in the dry season. A small population of Plains Zebra can be found close to the airstrip at New Mulembo.  The largest resident predator in the park is the Leopard. Lion and Hyena are no longer resident but wanderers do still move through the park. Side-striped Jackal are common and often spotted in the early mornings. A range of smaller carnivores occur, of which Water Mongoose, White-tailed Mongoose, African Civet and Large Spotted Genet are commonly encountered at night and Slender, Banded and Dwarf Mongoose can often be seen crossing pathways during the day. Caracal, Serval, Honey Badger and the rare Meller’s Mongoose occur but are very seldom sighted. Two species of Otter live in Kasanka’s rivers, marshes and lakes.

Kasanka holds undoubtedly some of the finest birding in Africa’ according to Dr Ian Sinclair, one of Africa’s leading ornithologists. With over 450 species recorded in this relatively small area without altitudinal variation, one will find it difficult to argue with this statement. Kasanka is blessed with a wide variety of habitats, each hosting its own community of bird species, many of which are rare or uncommon elsewhere.