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Zambia, the last real Africa

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Zambia

Amazing Wildlife

Walking Safaris

Safari Drives

Bird Watching

Boat rides and Sunset Cruise

Canoe rides

Mobile camping

Night Safaris

Stunning Scenery

African Culture

Zambia , the last real Africa

Zambia is for the safari connoisseur. The adventurer who embraces the solitude of a day without another soul passing your jeep – and yearns for the thrill of actually encountering buffalo, leopard, lion and elephant, on foot or canoe.

If Zambia has been on your mind for a while, has a carefully curated collection of tours that are perfect for curious travelers who appreciate the wilderness as much as the inspiration a Guide brings. Here, are some of Africa’s sensational Guides, who trudge their way through a meticulous certification process. Their guiding is sublime on wilderness explorations by jeep, foot or canoe.

Etched in your memory forever, will be a walking safari in the insanely wildlife rich jewel of Zambia – the South Luangwa National Park. Stark. Beautiful. Private. This, is where those epic African guided walks were pioneered.

works with a handpicked selection of partners – who we networked with one-on-one to curate tailor made holidays connecting each National Park: South Luangwa,  Lower Zambezi and even North Luangwa, with unmissable Victoria Falls.

There’s something for every budget in our portfolio of Zambia’s best accommodation: affordable lodges, mobile camps, low carbon-footprint bush camps (it’s certainly not roughing out) or a night or two – or three, at those oh so luxurious intimate camps.

The fabulously wildlife rich South Luangwa is where you will see four of the Big Five at their wildest – minus the rhino, and one of the few parks in Africa where spot-lit non-intrusive night drives gets you so close with leopards on the prowl, bushbabies and genets. Our tours also include insightful visits to small villages where wildlife conservation and social empowerment are intertwined.

The Luangwa Valley puts on an avian display that’s incredible for the birdwatcher, especially the migratory colonies of southern carmine bee-eaters towards September. Special rates and offers given by’s selected partners along the Luangwa river make this superb big game destination so affordable.

Canoeing in the Lower Zambezi is where you become the viewed. Although game drives and walks are part of the experience, you cannot miss the thrill of a slow canoe ride with a Guide through tropical riverine scenes. On one side is the Lower Zambezi National park, and the other is the legendary Mana Pools of Zimbabwe – along the river, the eyes of the wild are on you.

The North Luangwa National Park is raw beauty with very elusive wildlife. Not so easily accessible and the Big Five when spotted are extremely shy – the black rhino is protected in a sanctuary.

To Zambians it’s ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – Mosi-oa-Tunya, as Victoria Falls is known locally. You must hear it’s deafening roar and be drenched in its spray to appreciate the sheer beauty of it. This lovely bespoke add on can be easily curated into your tour with our pre-arranged road transfers and connections to or from national parks on charter flights with a night or two in a choice of accommodation in Livingstone where a selection of adventure activities awaits you. There’s bunjee jumping, white water rafting and more. We loved the microlight flight with a guide-pilot and the aerial views of the Vic Falls snaking it’s way towards it’s other African borders.

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Why you should visit Zambia

Amazing Wildlife

  • South Luangwa National Park – abundant big game with four of the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo – except rhino), hippos, Thornicroft giraffe which is an endemic sub species, zebra, spotted hyena and nocturnal animals like genet and bushbaby. Phenomenal birding. One of the few parks where spot-lit night drives are allowed - imagine watching Leopards at night!
  • Kafue National Park – great for big cats and wild dogs, elephants, hippos, buffalo. Considered to be Zambia’s best birding destination.
  • Lower Zambezi – predator action with leopards, big prides of lions, hyena, buffalo, zebra, hippos, wildebeest inside the national park, while the exciting vantage point of watching wildlife while canoeing on the and waters is unmissable.
  • North Luangwa National Park – remote and off the tourist trail, very elusive Big Five, and only place to see black rhino. A bird watching hotspot.

Walking Safaris

Zambia is where it all began. Home of the walking safari - the Guiding on a Zambian walking safari is just sublime. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smell of the bush. Tracking lions and elephant on foot, deep in the bush with these highly trained and certified Professional Guides is a thrill you are unlikely to ever forget as you discover wilderness secrets you often miss on a safari drive – and you will certainly never forget approaching big game on foot!

 

Safari Drives

Zambia’s National parks don’t attract the large crowds that cluster around a sighting, so your safari drive is more private. Morning and afternoon safari drives are offered in all parks with the afternoon safari extending towards night time. Pick the right camps to visit in South Luangwa as some close down between November to April with the rains - but Africa by Ayu has tours that take advantage of the great Green Season rates with camps that do operate.

Some camps we have partnered with are the only camps that operate in a large swathe of park and you certainly won't see a single other safari vehicle around. That amazing feeling of being alone in the bush.

Bird Watching

South and North Luangwa National Parks are great for birding along with the Bangweulu Wetlands where the rare Shoebill Stork can be spotted. The best for birding in Zambia is considered to be the diverse habitats of Kafuwe National Park. Around September the colourful southern carmine bee-eaters migrate to nest on the banks of South Luangwa. The wet season from November to April is when birdwatching reaches its peak in Zambia- with a count of over 750 species buffed up by the migrants.

Boat rides and Sunset Cruise

Africa by Ayu loves the rates offered by our Zambia travel partners during the ‘Green Season’ in South Luangwa National Park, when most lodges close for the rainy season but a few remain open to explore the flooded valley on boat safaris. The big game viewing is still great as the boats can access those areas that are inaccessible at other times of the year. Photography is incredible with backdrops of lush greens and stormy skies.

The Zambezi sunset cruise is just something else if you visit the Victoria Falls (followed by cocktails on the deck of Royal Livingstone – just perfect)!

 

Canoe rides

The sheer numbers of animals you can view at water level as you canoe down the Zambezi is unbelievable. Truly a safari experience for the adventurous.

Mobile camping

For the adventurous and environmentally conscious safari-goer nothing gets more exciting as mobile camping. Private and unfenced sleep outs under the stars. The camp and crew shifts with you as you walk from camp to camp. Mobile camps are certainly not about roughing it out. The bedding and linen are great, food is superb and dining under the stars! Wow!

 

Night Safaris

South Luangwa has the most amazing night drives we have ever experienced. Nocturnal wildlife encounters with leopards, bushbabies, genets and more are wonderful as they are spot-lit in a non-intrusive manner. Perfect for those nigh photos.

 

Stunning Scenery

Zambia has it’s flood plains, mopane forests, swamps and plains - all with predators and prey, but to us, a candlelit dinner under a Zambian sky of a million stars by a dry riverbed is the kind of scenery that’s truly stunning.

 

African Culture

Our tours also include insightful visits to small villages bordering South Luangwa where wildlife conservation and social empowerment are intertwined.   Informal and completely authentic this is where you really immerse with local life in Zambia.

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