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Superb Holidays To Liuwa, Zambezi & Kasanka

Are you a seasoned wildlife spotter or an experienced birdwatcher? Perhaps you have been to Luangwa or Kafue, or some of Africa's other fantastic wildlife safari destinations, and you are looking for something a bit different.

Zambia has plenty more to offer people looking for something specific. In some cases these are hard to reach and require a specific type of safari. Others not so much.

We have chosen three of the other areas to provide some detail on here, but if there is anywhere else that you want to go, or something specific you are looking for, we can help with that too.

We have traveled a lot in Southern Africa in the many years we lived there, but there are many more places that we have not been to. There is hardly anywhere that we can't get detailed information on, and arrange holidays to, through our extraordinary list of suppliers and contacts.  Why not put us to the test? See what we can come up with for the extraordinary, out of the way safari destination in Zambia that you want to see!

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Of the other areas in Zambia the three we have chosen to give more information on are:

Liuwa Plains

This is a seriously special destination. It is a 1400 square mile game reserve that has been protected by the Lozi people, under the command of their king, entitled the Litunga, since the 1880s.  Since 2003 the area has been managed by a not-for-profit-organisation, African Parks, in partnership with the Zambian government and local people.

This vast, flat plain is the site of the second biggest animal migration on the African continent (after Serengeti), with all the extraordinary opportunities for game viewing that such a spectacle guarantees. And yet it is almost unknown to outsiders.

There is one fly-in, high-end luxury lodge, established in 2017, which offers a magnificent safari experience.

Apart from that, anyone else wanting to see the area can do so only as part of a serious overland camping safari.

Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi is a much easier area to get to than the other two parks covered in this section.

It is a a well known and wonderful wildlife destination, with its main focus being the Zambezi River itself. There are lots of opportunities for canoe trips and boat trips to see the animals from the water, and most of the animals are concentrated near the river.

There are huge elephant and buffalo herds and spectacular numbers of hippos and crocodiles. There are also lions, leopards and wild dogs. As with the other Zambian parks, there are large numbers and a great variety of birds.

This park is immediately across the river from the well known Mana Pools area in Zimbabwe: altogether a huge game conservation area.

There are many wonderful accommodation and safari options available in the Lower Zambezi area.

Kasanka & Bangwelu

In the north of Zambia is another gem. The Kasanka National Park is adjacent to the vast Bangwelu wetlands.

This is a very beautiful region with miombo woodlands, swamp forest, grasslands, floodplains and riverine bushveld. It has some particular specialties. Sitatunga and puku are both rare species of antelope that are relatively common in the area. There are also plenty of blue monkeys and kinda baboons, primates you are unlikely to see elsewhere.

However, it is for birding that the area is best known. Endangered Wattled crane, Ross's turaco and the extraordinary Shoebilled stalk are all to be seen among the thousands and thousands of birds. Also, fascinatingly, there is a massive fruit bat migration to be seen in November and December!

With a few elephants and very few predators, this is a different safari experience, where leisurely walks in the bush are much more relaxing, and fishing in the Luwomba River is an easy option.

There is a great fly-in option and excellent lodges, but this area is also easily accessible by car from Lusaka (although it is quite a long drive) if you are thinking of self-drive.

Whatever you are thinking about the more out-of-the-way game viewing and birding areas in Zambia, whether you want to do one or more of them only, or whether you would like to explore them in conjunction with a holiday to Luangwa, Kafue or the Victoria Falls, or perhaps a trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana or South Africa, or a beach break in Mozambique, anything is possible. We can tailor make your holiday to fit in exactly what takes your fancy.

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