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  • [?]Kafue National Park

    Approximately 200km west of Lusaka, Kafue National Park is one of the largest and wildest protected areas in the world. Covering more than 22,000 square kilometres, Kafue was originally established as a protected area in 1950.

    The astounding variety of ecosystems within this area include lush, riverine forest along the banks of the Kafue River and its main tributaries, open mixed woodland of mature teak and miombo trees, grassy plains and the seasonally flooded Busanga Swamps in the north of the Park which alone covers 750 square kilometres! The Itezhi-Tezhi Dam in the south of the Park covers 370 square kilometres and is more of an inland sea than a dam, providing habitat for the African fish eagle and numerous heron species among many others.

    In addition to the more commonly sighted African species such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hippo and hyena, Kafue is home to many rare and endangered species now found in very few areas of the continent. Such species include the sable antelope and the red lechwe, puku and sitatunga antelope species which thrive in semi-aquatic swamp areas. Over 400 bird species can be found in Kafue, and similarly these include many rare species such as the majestic wattled crane, the large, and elusive, Pel's fishing owl and the purple crested lourie.

    The bad condition of the Park's roads is a blessing for the protection of the delicate ecosystems which now thrive despite a previous history of poaching and lack of management. Since the establishment of the Park, a lack of human activity and development has allowed populations to increase steadily and Kafue remains a raw, Africa wilderness providing a home to many hundreds of species of animals, birds, reptiles and fish. Wildlife viewing is best between April and October, during the dry season when animals are drawn to more permanent water sources.

    Most of the Park's roads are inaccessible from November to April. The best way to visit Kafue is with an organized, guided safari, enabling visitors to enjoy the wilderness with the support of knowledgeable professionals.

  • [?]North Luangwa National Park

    The remote northern section of the Luangwa Valley covers 4636 square kilometres and is not usually open to the public. For more than 30 years, the only people allowed to enter this area were National Park rangers. There are no lodges within the Park area and only a very few safari operators have permission to enter this wilderness which was home to the well-known researchers Mark & Delia Owens in the early 1990's.

    Wild and untouched, the North Luangwa Park is a nostalgic throwback to the Africa of old with massive herds of buffalo and elephant, prides of lion, solitary leopard and packs of hyena.

    Very few roads exist through the Park which lies on the Luangwa River, bordered on its eastern bank by the Muchinga escarpment. A number of tributary rivers flow through the Park bringing life-giving waters to this beautiful environment.

  • [?]Livingstone Town

    Livingstone is a more authentically 'African' town than Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the border. The view from this side of the gorge is equally spectacular, and during the low water period of October to February it is possible to walk right to the edge of the thundering Falls themselves or to swim (carefully!) in one of the rocky pools at the edge of the gorge.

    Many adventure activities can be arranged from Livingstone, varying from bungee jumping, gorge swinging, micro-lighting and white water rafting to more leisurely boat cruises on the upper stretches of the river.

  • [?]South Luangwa National Park

    The concentration of wildlife in this Park is one of the most intense in Africa. The appearance of the 9050 square kilometres varies throughout the seasons from bare bushveld in winter to a lush wonderland in the summer months. Over 400 bird species and approximately 60 mammal species make the day and night game drives and walking safaris offered in the Park an amazing experience. Thornicroft's giraffe are unique to the Luangwa Valley and some of the bird species that may be seen here include crowned crane, steppe eagle, open-billed stork, goliath heron and beautiful swallow and bee-eater species.

    Wildlife viewing is best between April and October, during the dry season when animals are drawn to more permanent water sources. Most of the Park's roads are inaccessible from November to April

    In addition to the animal and bird species within the Park, the environment is characterized by beautiful, mature trees including stands of ebony, mopane, leadwood, slender ivory palm, bizarre baobab, marula and tamarind.

  • [?]Luangwa Valley

    The Zambezi is Africa's fourth largest river system (after the Nile, Zaire and Niger Rivers). Running through six countries, many areas along the river banks are protected and therefore offer a range of safe habitat for wildlife species.

    The river itself is remarkably free of pollution, mainly due to the lack of human development on its banks, and opportunities for water sports and game viewing along its 2700 km length are exceptional.

    The river forms the border between Zambia and Namibia and Zambia and Zimbabwe before it flows into the Kariba Dam. The Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia's newest protected area and covers 4000 square kilometers on the northern, Zambian banks of the river. Habitat types include riverine floodplains, woodland and grassland, a heavily wooded escarpment and several islands.

    These islands vary from large, rocky outcrops with towering, mature trees under which explorers such as Livingstone and Selous slept and carved their names in the trunks, to ephemeral, grassy sandbanks. Lying opposite Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi is rich in wildlife and also offers excellent fishing opportunities.

    Canoeing trips are run along the meandering river; the best time to take part in this activity is between June and September. The river banks are dominated by Faidherbia albida (winterthorn) trees which tolerate sandy soils better than competing species and provide the resident elephant population with nutritious and tasty seed pods.

  • [?]The Zambezi River

    The Zambezi is Africa's fourth largest river system (after the Nile, Zaire and Niger Rivers). Running through six countries, many areas along the river banks are protected and therefore offer a range of safe habitat for wildlife species.

    The river itself is remarkably free of pollution, mainly due to the lack of human development on its banks, and opportunities for water sports and game viewing along its 2700 km length are exceptional.

    The river forms the border between Zambia and Namibia and Zambia and Zimbabwe before it flows into the Kariba Dam. The Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia's newest protected area and covers 4000 square kilometers on the northern, Zambian banks of the river. Habitat types include riverine floodplains, woodland and grassland, a heavily wooded escarpment and several islands.

    These islands vary from large, rocky outcrops with towering, mature trees under which explorers such as Livingstone and Selous slept and carved their names in the trunks, to ephemeral, grassy sandbanks. Lying opposite Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi is rich in wildlife and also offers excellent fishing opportunities.

    Canoeing trips are run along the meandering river; the best time to take part in this activity is between June and September. The river banks are dominated by Faidherbia albida (winterthorn) trees which tolerate sandy soils better than competing species and provide the resident elephant population with nutritious and tasty seed pods.

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