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To us Zambia represents wild, raw, untouched Africa. If you are looking for adventure, to get away from the hordes, or to feel the beating heart of this epic continent, then a Zambia safari is for you. Next to its ultra-luxurious neighbour, Botswana, Zambia safaris feel more authentic with its incredible camps that really capture the soul of the bush. Needless to say you will never go wanting in camp –the food sumptuous, the view resplendent, and the tents divine. The incredible array of wildlife and the sheer numbers often surprise visitors, especially considering how few other people you spot. But this really is the norm here;from the vast concentration of leopard in the South Luangwa and the massive herds of elephant and buffalo in the Lower Zambezi, to the wide variety of life on the Kafue plains and the incredible migration of over five million bats at Kasanka. As if this isn't enough to get you booking that flight to Lusaka, what truly separates Zambia from the rest is the wealth of activities on offer. Set off in a 4x4 for thrilling game drives –all the more intense at night;strike out on foot for an up close and personal get-together with the bush;jump into a canoe and paddle the waters of the remarkable Zambezi, or climb aboard a boat for a gorgeous sunset cruise to the chorus of the wild. If you thought we were done at safari, you are mistaken. No visit to Zambia would be complete without a good drenching from the mighty Victoria Falls –one of the most iconic, jaw-dropping visions of Africa. Mosi-oa-Tunya –the 'smoke that thunders' –is an apt name for this spectacle;your shouts of astonishment would be drowned out if you weren't already speechless.
Zambia holidays with A&K
Zambia might be gloriously wild with some of Africa's best game viewing, but we're happy to garnish raw nature with decadent treats. Take our guest who, during a game drive in Kafue National Park, mentioned to his wife that he'd kill for an ice cream. The guide overheard and relayed the information back to camp. Just hours later, the couple turned a corner on their late afternoon drive to discover a freshly built ice cream stand in the bush, with a waiter spooning out the cool stuff. A&K: turning mirages into reality.
Our safari guides, of course, know more about wild animals than ice creams and sorbet. A lot more. Selected for their specialist knowledge and passion for the wilderness, they're part of a multi-centre regional team that has offered luxury travel in Southern Africa for over forty years. Along with 24-hour emergency contact, its size and reach can create flexible itineraries, with long-established local relationships generating unique experiences: behind-the-scenes-tours of Victoria Falls Bridge, and exclusive safaris with leading conservationists.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent Zambian holiday - imagine wilderness the size of Wales - where the vast watery landscape hum with life including the Kafue red lechwe. It's a wonderful aperitif for Luangwa arguably the continent's finest game park: a stage for expert walking safaris to get up close and personal with the prolific game.
South Luangwa spawns fabulous memories from our returning clients including a perfect sundowner at one of A&K's favourite tented camps, Sanctuary Puku Ridge. As with the ice cream stand, it was a splendid symmetry of time and place, with guests arriving on an escarpment minutes before sunset to discover, to their amazement, a full bar and hot canapés - a perfect paring with the dramatic widescreen views.
Further south the Lower Zambezi National Park, a haven for elephant, hippo and birds, has camps drizzled along the immense valley's serene riverbank. You'll almost certainly want to garland your A&K Zambian safari with Victoria Fall's mile-wide curtain of water. The smoke might thunder but it won't ruin your camera or clothes - our guides carry ponchos and dry bags for off the heavyweight spray. Trust us, these are holiday shots you will not want ruined.
Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg
12 hours 15 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - June, when the water levels are at their greatest
The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain rainfall and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp
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