Zambia: Land of waterfalls, wetlands, and walking safaris

Zambia: Land of waterfalls, wetlands, and walking safaris

Zambia offers the traveller an array of beautiful sights. Image via Pixabay Zambia’s peak season for wildlife watching ends in November, so there is still time to head into the African wilderness of one of the continent’s most beautiful countries and enjoy a safari adventure.

Blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty, an abundance of diverse wildlife, massive glistening bodies of water, and vast open spaces teeming with game, Zambia has much to offer in the way of unforgettable safari vacations.

Hailed as the “land of the legendary African walking safari”, Zambia has myriad attractions to explore — from the spectacular Victoria Falls on the border with Zimbabwe to the watery world of the Bangweulu Wetlands and is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. Discover Zambia

Lower Zambezi

Mineral-rich volcanic soils, lush vegetation, and the vast, glistening body of the Zambezi River snaking its way along the Lower Zambezi valley floor make this region one of Zambia’s richest and most diverse wildlife sanctuaries.

Steep escarpments and hilly higher grounds covered in thick miombo woodlands flow down towards a flat, alluvial plain with mineral-rich soil, lush vegetation, and the broad, deep waters of the Zambezi River.

Islands rise out of the river, from large rocky outcrops covered in old trees to simple sandbanks with grass and low bush, while old streams and oxbow lakes form en route creating a veritable haven for wildlife. Bangweulu Swamps in Zambia

Vast tracts of open water and flooded grasslands form the Bangweulu Wetlands — Africa’s greatest swamp. Lying in the North Zambian Plateau, the Bangweulu (meaning “where the water meets the sky”) basin is fed by myriad rivers to create a wetland world which teems with wildlife.

Shallow lagoons, small islands, and reed beds extend as far as the eye can see before meeting thick, forested pockets. Literally underwater during the rainy summer season, the swamplands come alive once the water begins to recede, teeming with small fish, shrimps, and snails and it is here that one can see some of Africa’s most spectacular birdlife.

Found only in this region, massive herds of black lechwe roam the tussocks grazing on the lush grass, while elephant and buffalo enjoy mud baths in the murky shallows. The rare Slender-snouted Crocodile can be spotted on sunny riverbanks, while tsessebe, reedbuck, oribi, and sitatunga are amongst other species found in this unique region of Zambia. North Luangwa

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