Southern Africa’s seldom visited country, Zambia, has it all
Heralded as one of the continent’s best game parks, South Luangwa National Park lays claim to hoards of giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, leopards, wildebeest, buffalo, hyenas, wild dogs, and birds in the 3,500 square miles it encompasses. What makes a safari here particularly special is the opportunity to travel by foot. There’s no clunky Land Cruiser standing between you and the wildlife (though you will be accompanied by an armed scout), so you may get a less self-conscious reaction from the animals you happen upon.
At Lower Zambezi National Park, activities are centered around the winding Zambezi River which separates Zambia from Zimbabwe. Canoeing, catch-and-release fishing, and boat-led wildlife viewing are highlights in this area that’s lusher and populated by more hippos and elephants than South Luangwa.