“Wild rivers are Earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.” ~ Richard Bangs
When you hear the breeze rustle the pods in the Winterthorn and know that means the elephants will not be far behind, you know you are tuned into nature. You are living in it, no boundaries. Even the national boundary of this extraordinary destination is the giant Zambezi, whose wonder seems to run in the veins of the Zambian people. Your presence is light, you are part of the system. In fact, at the heart of the Zambian experience are not one but the three impressive rivers that flow through her borders - the Kafue, The Luangwa and the Zambezi. Catching our first tiger fish in the first morning light over the Zambezi, serenaded by pied kingfishers and the slow grunting of hippos nearby, was an adventure never to be forgotten… Lions, proud and golden, marching across the Kafue plains.. and of course, the thunder of Victoria Falls in your ears as you ride the white waters below her magnificent drop. These are all well known attractions of the area, but the hidden joys of Zambia are the remoteness of her areas, the alone-ness of your adventure- for some the logistics can be a challenge but be reassured the journey into these destinations is well worth the effort for the exclusive and pristine environments that flourish there. Zambia is a very seasonal destination so it's important to be well prepared and well versed on where to go and when - for this reason, you are in safe hands with us and the skilled and knowledgeable operators with whom we closely work, hand in hand, to ensure a once in a lifetime safari.
Landlocked Zambia might well win the prize for having the most neighbours in Southern Africa.
Zambia is a large country spread across the northern territories of what is still regarded as Southern Africa. It lies north of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe - incredibly managing to neighbour all three countries....and sharing with Zimbabwe the almighty Victoria Falls. There is much chatter about the 'best' side to visit the falls, but in all honesty, it is possible to view the falls from both sides when staying in the area. With Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania as neighbours to the east, it would seem to make sense to partner Zambia with a safari with some of these destinations, however it is essential to speak to us first to ensure your logistics make the best of these regions
There are few direct international flights into Zambia from beyond the continent, which means you will require connecting flights from either Johannesburg or Nairobi. Zambia’s main airport is located in Lusaka, however an increasing number of international airlines now use Livingstone for access to Victoria Falls. Livingstone town is located at Victoria Falls.
November to March
Victoria Falls is at its most impressive with a greater volume of water in the river due to increased rainfall. Some activities are only available during these months e.g. Livingstone Island tours are only available from late June to early March, or a thrilling swim in Devil’s Pool which is only available from late August to early January.
Migratory birds in spectacular breeding plumage can be seen in large numbers.
April to October
Victoria Falls volume starts to diminish with less spray- this results in good opportunities to view the geomorphology of the Falls itself.
As there is little to no rain at this time of year, wildlife viewing is excellent due to low grass and the congregation of animals around waterholes and rivers. There are also fewer mosquitoes.
October can be hot in South. Luangwa and Lower Zambezi which sit at lower altitudes.
June, July and August mean cold morning game drives and warming up during the day so pack with layers in mind.