THE NATIONAL PARKS


Kafue National Park

The Kafue National Park is the largest game reserve in Africa, covering 22,400 square kilometres. It has remained undeveloped and is therefore still True African Wilderness. The park is drained by the Lufupa and Lunga Rivers, both of which are tributaries to the Kafue River. The Busanga Plains in the North are a vast watery expanse which when flooded can cover up to 750 square kilometres. Habitats in this region are large and varied, from Floodplain and Grassveld to Miombo Woodlands, Kalahari Sandveld and Mopane Forest.

There are large Termite Mounds, thousands of small ones and great big black boulders of rock enhancing the magic of these grounds. The once almost extinct Red Lechwe and the semi-aquatic Sitatunga  Antelope are roaming freely in the Plains, Lichtenstein Hartebeest, Eland and Wildebeest abound on open dambo’s, the Defassa Waterbuck is only found here and there is Cheetah present both on the Nanzhila and the Busanga Plains. Over 400 species of birdlife have been recorded in the Kafue National Park, including the Wattled Crane, the seldom seen Pel’s Fishing Owl and a real treat to see is the Kori Bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird!! The Kafue National Park is not to be missed as part of the Real Africa Experience!

South Luangwa

Known to be one of the most prestigious wildlife sanctuaries on earth, covering 9000 square kilometres, South Luangwa offers you a beautiful variety of trees,  large Ebony Forests, Marula and Tamarind Trees, the Wild Mango, Mopane and the tall Vegetable Ivory Palm characterise the area. The Thornicroft Giraffe, the Cookson’s
Wildebeest ( a sub-species of the Blue Wildebeest) and the Crawshay’s Zebra are endemic species to the Luangwa Valley.  There are some extremely large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, and the Nile Crocodile is abundantly present in the rivers. South Luangwa is a well developed tourist destination but still offers wildlife at it’s best. The area is famous for it’s walking safaris and Leopard sightings.

North Luangwa

Wild and undeveloped, accessible only with licensed Tour Guides. The camps in the Park are strictly temporary and seasonal. The park epitomises exclusivity, true adventure and a taste of the Real Africa.  The North Luangwa has been brought to the world’s attention by Mark and Delia Owens, whose book “the eye of the Elephant” chronicles their struggle to preserve he park from poaching.
Although the Owens have now left Zambia, the North Luangwa continues to be managed by a trust under the auspices of the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Lower Zambezi

Downstream from Victoria Fall’s this park is a magnificent wilderness. Topographically it ranges from the river’s edge overhung with huge ficus and other riverine species through a floodplain of treacherous ‘cottonsoil’ fringed by Mopane Forest and interspersed with Winterthorn Acacia to the robust hill’s covered in broad-leafed woodland. Two of the most spectacular specimen of Baobab are located in this park. The Zambezi River has lots of Crocodiles and Hippo, but canoeing remains a popular
challenge. The National Bird of Zambia, the Fish Eagle is easily spotted along the river’s edge. The Trumpeter Hornbill, Lilian’s Lovebird and Paradise Flycatcher might
make you reach for your binoculars!
Extensive research and observation of the shy and elusive Wild Dog has been done in this area over the past few years, there are Hyena, Lion and other predators, feeding on the numerous Impala and Buffalo.

Mosi-o-Tunya

Zoological Park near Livingstone, home to several species of indigenous game- Zebra, Giraffe, Buffalo, Wildebeest and various Antelope. This is the only place in Zambia where the White Rhino can still be seen.  The Old Drift Cemetery inside the park is a poignant remnant of the first European settlement in this area. Before the construction of the rail bridge all people and goods crossed the river at this point. But the settlement was ill-sited, most inhabitants died of malaria before the town was moved to healthier grounds, nowadays Livingstone.

Lochinvar

With some 30,000 Kafue Lechwe Antelope and 428 bird species ranging from many species of Duck, Waders, Raptors , Flamingo’s and the Wattled Crane appearing in flocks of hundreds in the summer season this park is well worth a visit. The Gwisho Hot Springs and the Sebanzi Hill inside the park are both sites of scenic and historical interest.

Blue Lagoon

When one eventually reaches the flats, the view is quite astounding: a vast watery plain as level as a billiard table stretches to the horizon and as far as the eye can see it can be covered by tens of thousands of Kafue Lechwe, some Buffalo and an unmatched mixture of water birds.

Kasanka

Despite being Zambia’s smallest National Park, Kasanka boasts no less than 8 lakes and 4 rivers. Dominated by Miombo Woodland and open Swamplands covered with Papyrus Beds it offers spectacular wetland game species, fish and birdlife. The rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelope, the extremely rare Blue Monkey and the Shoebill Stork can be found here. Millions of Fruitbats roost during rainy season in small pockets of Swamp Forest The park can be a perfect springboard for foreys to Bangwuelu, Shiwa Ngandu, Sumbu and North Luangwa.

Liuwa Plains

This park is unique in Zambia, consisting of a vast, flat, grassy plain fringed with low broad-leafed woodland. There are large perennial herds of Zebra and Tsessebe and this is the scene of dramatic Blue Wildebeest migrations in november with attendant predators such as Lion, Cheetah and Wild Dog.

Luambe

About 240 square kilometers of flood plains of the Luangwa River. Apart from the one road that passes through the park, there are no other roads in the park. There are also no camping or other facilities. Hazards are malaria and tsetse-fly.

Lukusuzi

The game status here is uncertain, big game may be encountered but is likely to be extremely weary due to poaching. The park has no facilities for visitors.

Nyika Plateau

The Nyika Plateau can only be reached via Malawi. This park boasts a magnificent tropical Alpine Flora with the Great Rift Valley as a backdrop. There are beautiful Orchids to be discovered by flower
enthusiasts. The scenic high plateau is more than 2,000m above sea level.November and December would be the right time for seeing huge migrations of birds Angolan and Redrumped Swallows, Pink-breasted Turtle Doves, Bartailed Trogons, Sharpe’s Akalat and Scarlett Tufted Malachite Sunbirds have been spotted
here. Nyika is also said to have the highest concentration of Leopard per square kliometer in Africa, other animals that visitors are likely to see include Blue Monkey, Bushbuck, Blue Duiker, Red Duiker and Lion.

Sumbu

With 80 kilometers of shoreline of Lake Tanganyika Sumbu provides an excellent viewing platform for Flamingo during their migration.  The Lake is an anglers paradise, the primary reason people come to Lake Tanganyika is to fish for Goliath Tigerfish and Nile Perch. Boats and fishing gear can be arranged.  The Park has a network of gameviewing roads, there is Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and a reasonable number of antelope including Roan, Sable and Waterbuck. Mweru Wantipa, Bangwuelu Swamps A wetland wilderness attracting the aquatic Black Lechwe by the thousands and teeming with millions of birds.

Lusenga Plain

Near Lake Mweru, this park consists of a large grassy plain with outcrops of rock surrounded by Miombo, Evergreen and Swamp Forest.  The Kalungwishi River has 3 magnificent waterfall’s to offer.  Game has been poached out but Reedbuck, Blue and Yellowbacked Duiker can be seen.

Lavushi Manda

Located on 1,500 square kilometers of woodland in the eastern Zambia, the Lavushi Manda National Park is home to the Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Sable, Roan and other antelopes. In this park, located on the slopes of Lavushi Mountain, there are no camping or other facilities.

Sioma Ngwezi

In the south western Zambia the Sioma offers a habitat to Giraffe, Roan Antelope, Buffalo, Blue Wildebeest, Sable, Tsessebee and Elephant

West Lunga

 

Undeveloped and hardly accessible.There are Sable and certainly Puku, Sitatunga and Defassa Waterbuck and possibly some smaller herds of Buffalo and Elephant.