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Zambia is one of those destinations that is emerging as as a prime safari destination, but has yet to really make its mark on the travel world. That being said, the safari destinations here see significantly fewer tourist crowds than its neighboring countries giving a feel of truly being out in the "bush" and having to sometimes rough it a bit on your own adventure. with multiple National Parks, many of which are hard to access, the wildlife viewing is superb. Take a look below at some of the top destinations Zambia has to offer someone on a safari tour.

Victoria Falls & Livingstone



If you are touring Zambia, then a stopover to see the famous Victoria Falls is an absolute must, though the tourist crowds may be less appealing, the largest waterfall on the planet will not fail to impress. One million liters travel over this cliffside per second when its at its height at the end of the wet season. Sometimes the spray is so strong you will get wet just trying to see it. Livingstone, the urban center on the Zambian side of the falls, is somewhat of a tourist hub for adventurers. Luxury and rustic accommodations alike are offered here, but those looking to pump some adrenaline will find options such as whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River, bungee jumping, riverboarding, and other such activities. 


South Luangwa National Park


Zambia's premier safari park, this park is widely considered to be the birth place of the "walking safari". Travelers can spot 4 of the Big 5 here (no rhino), and the wildlife is abundant! The best time to see this park is in the dry season, when wildlife flock to the Luangwa River's banks, the remaining water vein in the area. Lion and leopard as well take advantage of this grouping of wildlife, which can make for a safari that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Many lodges close down in the wet season due to lack of access via dirt roads, and the wild aspect to the South Luangwa bushcamps in the area make for a truly remote experience like the African safaris of old.

Kafue National Park



Visit this newly developed park in Zambia which is also one of the largest parks in terms of area in all southern Africa. Head up to the north on the Busanga Plains for great wildlife viewing in the dry season when the floods dissipate and water is scarce. Other places to spot wildlife are along the Kafue River. Trips to Kafue are best between June and October and most safari camps close their operation during the rest of the year. Enjoy walking, boating and classic safaris here. Spot 4 of  the Big 5 (again, no rhino). This reserve lacks giraffe, but does support the ever elusive cheetah and possibly even the African wild dog.


Lower Zambezi National Park



Visit this national park located towards the lower section of the Zambezi River as it flows east towards the ocean. This National Park was once a private game reserve for the president. It's closure to tourists until recent years, difficult to access location, and the boundary with the Zambezi River and Mana Pools Park in Zimbabwe bordering it to the south have helped preserve it as one of the more pristine remaining wild areas in Zambia.

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