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One of the best ways to organise your own Tailor Made holiday is to come and talk to us in person. To help you plan your perfect trip, we will host you for one night's bed and breakfast accommodation, near our Cotswold offices in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. You can then meet a member of our team who can talk through our Tailor Made trekking and tour options, pore over books and maps and perhaps view some images of your proposed destination.
Tailor Made Holidays to Zambia
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Despite its growing popularity Zambia has retained the essence of a true wilderness and is often considered the continent’s best kept secret for those in search of an authentic African safari experience.
From the cascading waters of Victoria Falls, to the premier wildlife haven of South Luangwa and the teeming shores of the mighty Zambezi River, Zambia offers a vast range of habitats, landscapes and natural wonders. And, with relatively few visitors compared to Africa’s other safari destinations, it’s possible to explore these pristine areas, and view the wildlife that inhabit them, in splendid isolation.
Zambia, and in particular the South Luangwa National Park, is the home of the walking safari. Pioneered in the park over 50 years ago, a walking safari is the best way to appreciate the great diversity of wildlife in the park from tiny creatures to large game as well as the myriad birds that also inhabit the Luangwa Valley. Accompanied by professional guides and armed rangers, a walking safari not only offers wonderful, close-up wildlife encounters but it also provides an opportunity to learn the craft of the bushman - to track and observe animals in their own environment. Aside from walking safaris in Zambia, you can also view wildlife by open-sided 4x4 vehicles on a game drive or even a canoe safari along the gently flowing waters of the Zambezi River.
Stylish bush camps, located in remote areas and constructed each year from natural materials, provide a high level of comfort and relaxation on safari as well as superb ‘armchair’ wildlife viewing. Each of the camps in South Luangwa has spacious, en suite 'outdoor' bedrooms with hot showers whilst delicious meals are enjoyed in the dining area followed by drinks round the campfire. Being unfenced, you may even find yourself sharing camp with the local creatures! And, by the Lower Zambezi, Chongwe River Camp offers superb accommodation options in a stunning, riverside location.
For an even wilder experience, fly west to Liuwa Plain National Park where wildebeest migrate in vast numbers and cheetah roam the plains. One of the least visited parks in all of Africa, a stay at Liuwa Plain feels genuinely remote and exclusive. We use the only lodge in the park - King Lewanika camp - a wonderfully elegant and indulgent camp that is reached by a short helicopter flight and offers an excellent range of safari activities.
Take a look at our suggested Experiences, Itineraries and Accommodation and send us your wishlist so that we can start designing your Zambia holiday of a lifetime. Alternatively email or call the office and speak to one of our travel experts.
Capital city: Lusaka
Arrival airport: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka)
Population: 15.1 million (2015)
Size of country: 752,614 sq km
Official language: English is the official language although there are several main indigenous languages and over 70 local dialects.
Time difference: GMT +2 hours
Did you know: Almost a third of Zambia’s total land mass has been set aside for wildlife protection with 20 national parks and surrounding ‘game management’ areas.
The Africa I'd always dreamed of. A personal experience from start to finish with no intrusive crowds, outstanding guides and fabulously friendly camp hosts especially Clare at Kakuli. And eating out under the stars was truly magical.
- Mrs L, Somerset
What an experience. In addition to countless other wildlife, I tracked seven lions on foot, watched three leopards with their kill in trees just above me, saw two giant porcupines taking an evening stroll and marvelled at hundreds of brilliant bee-eaters. And the best bit was that I didn't have to share them with anyone else; no noisy vehicles, no distractions. Just us, our superb guide and an armed scout out in the wild Zambian bush.
- Jude Limburn Turner, Mountain Kingdoms
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Jude Limburn Turner
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Jude has travelled all over the world and has a passion for off-the-beaten-track trekking, particularly in Nepal, where she has travelled extensively. In 2016 Jude visited Zambia to research Mountain Kingdoms' walking safari and claimed it to be one of her best ever travel experiences. She has completed many other trips for the company, including, island hopping in Croatia, trekking in the Karakoram and Ladakh and more recently, an exciting walking safari in Zimbabwe.
Kirsty joined Mountain Kingdoms in 2006 having successfully completed a trek to Everest Base Camp as a client of the company. Since then she has undertaken several research trips for Mountain Kingdoms including walking on the Great Wall of China, trekking in Argentine Patagonia, going on safari in Zambia and, more recently, exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica. The national parks of American are among her favourite places in the world to visit although she finds a good walk in the mountains of Snowdonia hard to beat.