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Zambia with Greenlife Safaris offers safari camps and lodges in wilderness parks and hotels in Livingstone at Victoria Falls.

Zambia bids travellers some of the world's finest authentic safari opportunities, a glimpse into 'real Africa', and Victoria Falls, one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Description

"What do you get when you blend the allure of colonially preserved towns with the rustic essence of Africa and the untouched magnificence of an untamed wilderness?

You get Zambia of course; a country that embodies ancient Africa as it once was.

Access Details

Lusaka International Airport receives flights from Johannesburg, Cairo, Nairobi Lilongwe and London. Daily flights from Johannesburg enter Lusaka and European travellers connect via British Airways with three weekly flights from London.

Suggested Stay Details

It all depends on what you want to experience but Zambia is a one stop destination offering enough variety to fill an entire holiday. If you only visit the falls, spend three days. Safari trips require at least 7 - 10 days.

Type of Experience

RURAL CUTLURE: Lusaka buzzes with the vigour and creativity of its many street and village markets. The Lusaka City Market is located in the heart of the city, and you can literally get anything at these open air centres, from food, fabric and jewellery to hand carved masks and even traditional medicine. Among the well know are Kamwala Market and the Soweto and City Market. The Kabwata Cultural Village is all about local culture and rural living, with believes rooted in ancestral mysticism.

FLIGHT OF THE ANGELS: Dr. David Livingstone once wrote that Victoria Falls was “a sight so wonderful that angels mush have gazed down on it in flight.” Here’s your chance to call yourself an angel and fly across the majestic falls from the soaring heights of a light aircraft, helicopter or microlight.

Infrastructure

Zambia is still very much part of rustic Africa with dust roads and shantytowns littering the city’s parameter. The cities are equipped to meet the needs of its visitors with modern banking systems, a fairly good transport network and a few interesting tourist landmarks.

Geography

Zambia’s topography consists mostly of high plateau with rocky gorges and hills, river valleys and emerald rainforests.

History

Under the imperial rule of the British South African Company in the 1890’s, Cecile John Rhodes exploited the area for its natural resources, known then as North-Western Rhodesia. In 1897, the first municipality was established which some called Old Livingstone. Due to malaria outbreak, the British South African Company decided to move to higher ground, known as Constitutional Hill.

As the area expanded into a town, it was decided to name it Livingstone as a tribute to the great explorer and missionary. With the growth of the Rhodesian Railway reaching Victoria Falls in 1904, the Victoria Falls Bridge started to be contracted. Prior to its development, the railway was extended from Livingstone to Kalomo. A year later, in 1905, the bridge was fully functional and with its opening, the town boomed causing the Company to name Livingstone its capital in 1907.

As the Company’s control extended, North-Western Rhodesia was combined with North-Eastern Rhodesia to form Northern Rhodesia in 1911. In 1935, Livingstone lost its favour as the capital city and due to its proximity to the Copperbelt, the honour fell to Lusaka.

After the country gained independence in 1964, Northern Rhodesia became Zambia, named after the Zambezi River. Political crisis force Zambia to close the shared border with Zimbabwe at Livingstone. Due to lack of education, civil war of the neighbouring countries and the influx of many refugees, Zambia was hurled into a state of economic decline.

In the late 2000’s the country managed to gain stability and due to foreign investment in its mining sector, Zambia has become a fast growing developing country.


Zambia Travel Destinations

Kafue National Park

Kafue with Greenlife Safaris offers very good wildlife safari lodges and camps in remote and beautiful Big Five wilderness park.

Kafue National Park is within easy access of Lusaka, but with options of flying in from Livingstone Airport. Small private camps, closed in the rainy season due to water levels.

Livingstone

Livingstone offers mid to top end hotels and lodges along Zambezi River as base to explore Victoria Falls with Greenlife Safaris.

Livingstone - Zambias tourist capital and its gateway to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the town of Livingstone is becoming ever more popular as the preferred destination to pass through when visiting the highest waterfall on the face of the earth, the Victorian Falls.

Lower Zambezi

Lower Zambezi offers Tiger Fishing and wildlife safari experiences in luxury tented camps and lodges with Greenlife Safaris.

Just south of Lusaka and on the Zambezi River; Lower Zambezi National Park has a host of intimate bush camps offering water and land game activities including thrilling tiger fishing. Most camps closed over the rainy season.

South Luangwa

South Luangwa with Greenlife Safaris is excellent wildlife destination with top safari lodges and camps offering walking safaris.

South Luangwa National Park is the legendary walking safari destination. Mfuwe is the main airstrip to access this wonderful safari destination. Some camps closed over the rainy season due to high water levels.

Activities & Highlights

GOLFING: Experience a sense of cosmopolitan Africa and visit any of the three golf courses around Lusaka. With immaculately manicure lawn, hazardous swamps, and many sand traps, the Lusaka Golf Club is a challenge to even those veteran golfers. Dotted with commercial and leisure centres, the restaurants and relaxing lounges are ideal spots to sit back, relax and unwind.

ADRENALINE JUNKIES: Seeking thrills and intensity? Well just below the Victorial falls lay the Batoka Gorge, surrounded by the ancient rain forests of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This is believed to be the site of the world’s best one-day white-water rafting with commercial rapids of up to Class VI. Need more intensity? Make your way to the top of the gorge by cable care and head to the Victoria Falls Bridge, which connects Zambia to Zimbabwe. This is where you can leap down into the gorge for about 111m by bungee. Just about any adrenaline pumping activity takes place in the area; all you have to do is ask.

WILDLIFE: Zambia is home to many species of land mammals, including the Big Five. Renowned as an ideal destination to spot Africa’s big cats, prides of up 30 lions may be seen roaming the lands. Among the 14 species of antelope present within the park is the beautiful Kudu with its spiralling horns. Native to the area are Thornicraft’s giraffe and herds of Cookson’s wildebeest. Caracal, wild dogs, several and jackal hunt these lands too with crocodiles and hippopotami seizing control in the muddy Luangwa River.

CANOE SAFARI: Drift along mighty Zambezi River in a canoe and view game while grazing along the river banks. Canoe safaris are an interesting and exciting way to explore the African wilderness, and the Lower Zambezi National Park is ideal for a canoe safari. Large herds of elephants, hippo, crocodiles and buffalo are seen going about the day, usually crossing the river to make their way to the many river islands.



Season Travel Details

Zambia’s climate is classified as humid subtropical with rainy summers and hot dry winters. The rainy season is during November to March and the warmer months are between September and December, with maximums reaching up to 31°C (88°F) and minimum temperatures of about 18°C (64°F).

Highlights of Southern Africa

The southern sub region of Africa is one of the richest places on earth. It is packed with spectacular scenery, unrivalled biodiversity, amazing year-round weather and vibrant cultural multiplicity. There is a great regional travel network with both scheduled and charter flights conveniently linking destinations. From the arid western shores to the tropical eastern coast and Indian Ocean Islands, here lies an endless world of adventure, wilderness and nature. If time is a factor and you want to focus your holiday on a combination of top destinations which afford you a good perspective of southern Africa, we have blended journeys that take in the very best into a selection of highlight packages. These itineraries include the best wildlife location, natural spectacles like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the Namib Desert including visits to Cape Town. No matter what your interest is, it is our speciality to tailor journeys in the region that fits your pace and budget. Let us inspire you!

Multiple Countries

For the hardened traveler you can explore great destinations in multiple countries. An example for this is at Kazungula where Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. To the east of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are in close proximity of each other. Each country has a unique character and they are all very different from each other in landscape and culture. Regional travel is relatively okay if you remain on the main routes, however distances are vast and the conditions can at times be challenging due to some badly maintained roads and poor local driving etiquette. The best way to travel regionally is by air charter which is not only convenient scheduled but it gets you directly to your destinations without extra stops and wasted time. Let us plan your itinerary to most efficiently use the best travel options available to make your journey more comfortable and cost efficient.

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