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Zambia is situated mainly on a vast plateau 3 000 metres above sea level, and boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers – as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. Offering some of the wildest and most remote game areas, Zambia is a friendly and peaceful country. It has a remarkably low population in a deceptively massive country giving off an impression of an Africa undiscovered.

The Royal Livingstone

 

Zambia

The Royal Livingstone

This hotel must occupy one of the most unique sites in all of Africa, its lawns stretch down to the Zambezi River just a few hundred meters upstream from the Falls themselves.  The public areas are spectacular with an obvious colonial feel to them and the staff uniforms complete the image.  

There is no doubt that sitting in the bar area or on the deck overlooking the river and the spray from the Falls is a treat to behold and worth a visit even if you are not resident but the price of food and drinks in this establishment is in my opinion higher than it ought to be and the rooms fall a little short of full 5 star standards, they are very small and there is little privacy from your neighbours.

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The South Luangwa offers exceptional game-viewing anyway but the central area where animals enjoy the protection offered by a constant presence of tourists, is unbeatable. However the constant presence of tourist, that is so good for the game, can often get you down because it is the animals rather than other people that you are here to see, this area can become quite busy in the peak months of July, August and September but for tripping over game on your doorstep – look no further.

South Luangwa Park
© Wilderness Safaris: Dana Allan

Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia, covering an area of about 22,400 km² (similar in size to Wales or Massachusetts). It is the second largest park in Africa and is home to over 55 different species of animals.  The park is named for the Kafue River. It stretches over three provinces: North Western, Central and Southern. The main access is via the Great West Road from Lusaka to Mongu which crosses the park north of its centre. Seasonal dirt roads also link from Kalomo and Namwala in the south and south-east, and Kasempa in the north.

Kafue National Park
© Wilderness Safaris: Dana Allan

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia. Until 1983 when the area was declared a national park the area was the private game reserve of Zambia's president. This has resulted in the park being protected from the ravages of mass tourism and remains one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa. On the opposite bank is Zimbabwe's Mana Pools national Park. The two parks sit on the Zambezi flood plain ringed by mountains, the area is a world heritage site. In fashion with the current trend in Southern Africa there is talk of linking the two parks to form a massive trans-frontier park.

Lower Zambezi National Park