Classic African walking safari trips Zambia

Zambia is a massive landlocked country and home to three great rivers: the Luangwa, the Kafue and the mighty Zambezi. These permanent water sources attract countless animals, trailed in turn by eager safari goers.

While game drives in the South Luangwa tend to be the order of the day, it’s walking that wins. Bucking the hunting trends of the 1950s, renowned conservationist, Norman Carr (1912-1997) pioneered the concept of the walking safari in Zambia. And the rest, as they say, is history. Step out into the wilds of the South Luangwa on foot to enjoy its many oxbow lakes and sunny river beds. In the Lower Zambezi, the experience centres around the river. Activities on the Zambezi include boat safaris, fishing and canoeing, as well as game drives. Kafue’s Busanga Plains are famous for their lion prides, while the Luangwa Valley – so called for its impressive leopard concentration – is also one of Africa’s top lion strongholds.

Discover the greatest spectacle in Zambia and Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration in the remote grasslands of Liuwa Plain. The annual migration begins in the rainy season (November) when 45 000 to 50 000 wildebeest head south in search of higher ground.

For unique and unforgettable African safari experiences, this unassuming country is hard to beat. If predator action is what you seek, Zambia delivers in spades. (Don’t forget to pack a comfy pair of walking shoes and ditch the fluorescent activewear in favour of something a little less attention-grabbing. This is lion country after all.)

No visit to Zambia is complete without witnessing the phenomenon that is Mosi-oa-Tunya, or The Smoke That Thunders, the evocative local name for Victoria Falls, the mightiest fall on earth. Feel the spray of Victoria Falls on your face, or observe from the lofty height of your helicopter. This is the adventure capital of Africa and there are many activities for thrill seekers of all ages. Top of our list is a swim in Devil’s Pool, perched on the edge of the Falls. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to the country’s only white Rhino population and well worth a trip.

From the sweeping grasslands of the Kafue to the furthest stretches of the remoter-than-remote Liuwa Plains, Zambia’s pristine wilderness is a rare feast for the adventurer’s soul. In these parts, little luxuries like Wi-Fi and chilly AC are hard to come by. Then again, so are wildly wonderful and unique African safari experiences like these.

Zambia fast facts

  • Zambia shares Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe. Its traditional name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, means “the smoke that thunders”.
  • At 180m, Victoria Falls is almost twice the height of Niagara.
  • Zambia’s wildebeest migration in the west of the country is the second largest on the continent.
  • This landlocked country is named after the Zambezi river, the fourth largest river in Africa.
  • Zambia is Africa’s most underrated Big 5 safari experience and offers great value.
  • Zambia protects up to 30% of its land and has over 20 national parks.


This vast country has a population of over 17 million Zambians, speaking more than 70 languages.

When to go

The drier months between June and November are most popular.

Destinations within Zambia

Zambia Itineraries

7 nights Custom Safari Best of Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari The Delta, a desert and the dramatic Zambezi

Starts: Maun Ends: Livingstone

Price from USD $10,750 per person

8 nights Custom Safari Honeymoon to Linyanti and the Okavango Delta The wild side of Africa!

Starts: Kasane Ends: Livingstone

Price from USD $$8,100 per person

9 nights Custom Safari Wildebeest migration Zambia The ultimate Zambia safari

Starts: Lusaka Ends: Lusaka

Price from USD $15,500 per person

7 nights Custom Safari Romantic Livingstone, Chobe and Delta Romantic riverside sanctuaries and Island retreats

Starts: Livingstone Ends: Maun

Price from USD $12990 per person

11 nights Custom Safari Zambia safari and Madagascar beach Counting your lucky stars

Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Johannesburg

Price from USD $27395 per person

8 nights Custom Safari Highlights of Zambia safari Thrills versus frills

Starts: Livingstone Ends: Livingstone

Price from USD $11890 per person

10 nights Custom Safari 11 day Zimbabwe and Zambia safari A taste of Zimbabwe and Zambia

Starts: Victoria Falls Ends: Livingstone

Price from USD $12350 per person

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