An African safari is on the bucket list for many and if you are lucky to have already had the opportunity to visit Africa, you know there is more, and if you haven’t yet ventured there, the time has come to start planning!
For those who have been you may have just scraped the surface, so it’s time to peel away the outer layer and climb inside. Yes there is another more remote Africa; a genuine inner soul that once you experience it, will stay with you forever!
Away from the more populated tourist trails is a ‘hidden’ place, a special place in the real heart of Africa. Zambia is this place; it is the true heart and soul of Africa, not just geographically, but totally in every way with its wildlife, culture and landscapes.
The Zambian people are so warm and welcoming, you’ll find huge smiles and friendly personalities to greet you on arrival. For animal lovers travelling on safari into the Game Reserves and National Parks, this is the real thing. No crowds or abundance of vehicles, just the opportunity to leisurely absorb the tranquil landscapes while observing the wildlife in truly natural and unspoiled surroundings. At least four of the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo – can be seen in the Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks, with the endangered Rhino soon to be reintroduced in a massive relocation program.
However, be reminded that it’s not just about the ‘Big 5’. Zambia is the home of the walking safari, so the focus could be on the ‘Small 5’ – Elephant Shrew, Ant Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver and Leopard Tortoise. Getting out of the vehicle and walking through the bush with professional and highly knowledgeable guides will blow you away. Not knowing what you may encounter behind each bush keeps the blood pumping, but these true professionals, who have your safety first and foremost in mind, will share their insight into nature while introducing you to some unusual insects, birds and the flora.
The main artery to the heart of this destination is the mighty Zambezi River, the lifeblood for both the wildlife and local people alike, the fourth largest river in Africa, flowing through six countries on its 2700km journey to the Indian Ocean. Dotted along the banks through the Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding areas are safari camps that range from the basic to the super comfortable, all environmentally aware with many now ‘green’ running on solar technology. However luxury takes on another meaning here. It’s not just about the style of accommodation, but the exclusivity of where you are, the small numbers of guests, high quality of the award-winning guiding, and such wonderful hospitality. With many exciting activities to be enjoyed either on the water or land, the power of the mighty Zambezi in full flow will make the adrenalin bubble in your veins.
Although remote, the lodges and camps cater for every guest’s needs with attention to detail, superb accommodation, en-suite bathrooms, comfortable beds, and first class cuisine. With different styles of safari camps and lodges to choose from each offers an authentic experiential safari, where the focus is on the bush, the river, the wildlife, and your holiday. Here you will discover the perfect African adventure, whether in a luxury camp or a more modest intimate bush camp.
Activities on offer are numerous, from guided canoe trips, walking safaris, day and night 4X4 open vehicle safaris, fishing, houseboat stays, fly-camping and specialist photographic trips, and not to be forgotten at the end of each day – gazing at the classic African Sunset with of course that archetypal activity ‘sundowner drinks’. A Gin & tonic, local beer, or chilled glass of wine goes down so well from a vantage point on a sand bar, banks of the river, or on the boat. Magical memories to take home! Life is, ‘so ezi Zambezi’!
A trip to Zambia is not only about nature and the wildlife, but also the people. Anyone interested in the local community and conservation, are able to explore and discover how the lodges, camps and the tourist spend contributes greatly to the various projects. The lodges and camps all contribute to the welfare, sustainability and education of the local people with their support.
For those adventurous at heart, wanting to include a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls, the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the Devil’s Pool alongside Livingstone Island. Here at certain times of the year, between mid August and mid January, when the river is at its lowest, you can swim right up to the edge of the Falls, with its huge drop right in front of you…… This is certainly not for the faint-hearted but a once in a lifetime experience. Victoria Falls is not called the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa for nothing, and offers an abundance of daring activities!
Having first hand knowledge of these areas, 318Africa can tailor-make a personalised itinerary for you the discerning traveller. Whether you travel as a couple, with a group of friends or family, or prefer going solo to meet new people along the way, we can arrange your ideal holiday in Africa.
Fiona at 318Africa has been designing African safaris for over 20 years. A specialist with first hand knowledge is absolutely vital when planning a holiday to the more remote parts of Africa, and working with reliable operators and lodges on the ground is a must.
If you have special interests or needs these can all be taken care of, and many camps will arrange private activities if that is preferred.
Adventure seekers, Zambia in the heart of Africa, is incredibly special and will awaken your senses. It is remote, off the beaten track and raw. Here is a place to renew and re-energise mind, body and soul.
If you are looking for a memorable African safari contact us at 318Africa.