Zambia has National Parks all throughout the nation, so finding a postcard-perfect slice of Africa is never difficult. Safari possibilities abound in the country, with parks ranging from well-known tourist attractions to apparently uncharted territory. Elephants, giraffes, large herds of grazers, lions, and hundreds of species of birds are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Zambia’s biodiversity. Because of its dense and diverse population of wild animals, South Luangwa National Park is undoubtedly the most well-known and a traveler’s favorite. North Luangwa National Park is less visited and is renowned for its huge herds of buffalo and lion prides that roam the region. Lower Zambezi National Park is much further off the beaten path, to the point that even dirt roads are few. The fact that it was the president’s own hunting field meant that development was kept to a minimum and that the genuine, unspoiled African bush could be found all around. If you’re in the area around October, go to Kasanka National Park to see the massive bat migration, which includes an estimated 8 million of the tiny animals soaring across the sky. Go canoeing down the Zambezi river as far as the beautiful Mpata Gorge if you’re fit enough.
The Victoria Falls, which mark the boundary with Zimbabwe, are one of Zambia’s main attractions, apart from its excellent wildlife and African scenery. A vacation to the nation isn’t complete without a stop to one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. A November dip in the Devil’s Pool, a naturally created basin that allows for a few weeks of relatively safe swimming right on the brink of the breathtakingly steep drop, is an additional interesting experience.
If you want a more cultural experience, go to one of the country’s numerous colorful festivals and see traditional rituals like the Lozi people’s Ku’omboka. The Shiwa Ng’andu estate near Mpika provides a fascinating glimpse into Zambia’s colonial past. Spend a day wandering around the vibrant outdoor markets of buzzing Lusaka for a more metropolitan feel of contemporary Africa.