Zambia a must visit African safari destination

Zambia is a landlocked country, bordered by countries such as; Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

The name Zambia was adopted from the great Zambezi River, which is the fourth-longest river in Africa and the largest river in Africa to flow into the Indian Ocean. Zambia got its independence in 1964 and its capital city is Lusaka, which is among the fastest developing cities in Africa, and the largest growing city in Zambia.

Zambia holds a population slightly over 18 million people, Zambia is becoming one of the popular destinations in Africa and in the world at large, this country definitely has so much to offer.

Zambia birthed the first-ever walking safari – Zambia is the best in Africa, undeniably, when it comes to walking safaris, this concept of walking safaris was first introduced in Luangwa Valley, which is named ‘The Valley of the Leopard’, as spotting a Leopard is common.

Zambia holds one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Yes! The Mighty Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world. Zambia boasts of its waterfalls that it shares with Zimbabwe, discovered by a European missionary in 1855, David Livingstone.

Friendly and Warm people – You are guaranteed, to never feel like a stranger in the midst of Zambians, as they are ever welcoming and caring to see your stay a fun and peaceful package.

Zambia has Great Lakes known in Africa and to the World – Among the many water bodies, Zambia holds the famous few in the World, each special in its own way; Lake Tanganyika, Lake Mweru, Lake Bangweulu, and Lake Mweru Wantipa.

Zambia is the ‘Real Africa’ – It gives you a raw, untamed nature, from the Walking Safaris to the plentiful water bodies, the vegetation, to its colorful and joyous people, the sounds of the wilderness, to the authentic lodges, camps and hotels, not forgetting the never-ending concentration of animals big and small (the big five too), to the fertile land and soils, and the adventurous and fun activities (both land and water). Can it get any more real than this?

What to do;

Lusaka city – the Capital city of Zambia is known to have several activities that take place, these activities may differ from the typical tourist activities found in the other tourist cities and locations, in that they focus both on the visitors and local residents of the city. These activities include:

  • Markets – where you will find the Restaurants, hair salons and barbers, fruit and vegetable sellers, fishmongers, auto spare shops and second-hand clothing (Salaula)
  • Entertainments – Lusaka offers a wide range of entertainments such as interesting dining places, amusement parks, casinos, night clubs, sports and theatres, cinemas, musical shows, and live music.
  • Shopping – The city has a collection of malls to do exciting shopping from, the likes of Manda Hill, Arcades shopping mall, Woodlands Shopping mall, Kabulonga Shopping mall, East Park, Levy Park Mall, Makeni Mall, Twin Palm Mall, to mention a few. Giving locals and visitors a variety of options to explore.
  • Cultural and Museum visits – Cultural tours are arranged, providing an interesting view of local attractions, visits to traditional healers, and visits to local breweries and museums.
  • Excursions – A variety of places to have pleasure from; Chaminuka Game Reserve, Trip Pazuri Park, Munda Wanga Wildlife Park, Lusaka National Park, Kalimba Reptile Park among others.

Livingstone City – the tourist capital was named after a Scottish explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, he was the first European to see the Wonderous Victoria Falls that Livingstone displays, which happens to be the town’s topmost attraction, around November of 1855, Livingstone were overwhelmed by the sight he was graced with and all he could say was, “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scene so beautiful it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” And this is where the activity called Helicopter Flight also known as the Flight of Angels.

Victoria Falls is the home of the world’s adventure activities and this city has a lot of adventurous activities and experiences to offer, from the cultural and historical places, the water rafts, canoeing, the famous bungee jumping, wildlife watching, game drives in the Mosi oa Tunya National Park and walks, fishing, helicopter flights, Zambezi River Cruise and many others just to mention a few If you are an adventure lover – what are you waiting for Contact Absolute Zambia Safaris Now for your next adventure holiday.

Kitwe town – is the center of Copperbelt province in Zambia, as it connects most towns within the Copperbelt. The city is the main establishment of Zambia’s finest and industrial mines, being a developed city, it has shopping malls, a cinema, and excursion places.

For Visitors wanting to learn about mining, a visit to one of the biggest open-pit mines in the world, ‘The Nchanga Open Pit Mine’ can always be arranged.

Chipata City – Newly declared as a city is in the Eastern Part of Zambia, approximately 130 kilometers from one of the best Tourist attractions (Reserve) in Africa The South Luangwa National Park in Mfuwe town. Chipata holds various international and local hotels and restaurants, the likes of Protea Hotel, Luangwa House, Cross Roads Lodge, but most exciting are the traditional ceremonies (Colourful Annual festivals) that take place here. These are two of Zambia’s biggest traditional celebrations of culture; The Nc’wala Ceremony of the Ngoni people and the Kulamba of the Chewa people as these ceremonies is not only celebrated by Zambian but also by neighboring countries such as Malawi, Mozambique, etc.

Annual Festivals (Traditional Ceremonies in Zambia)

Zambia adopted its name from the Great River, the Zambezi, which has its source in the Ikelengi hills in mwinulunga. The Zambezi comes from a Lunda expression ‘Nzambi enzi’ which means ‘God come’, and hence the connection to Zambia which interprets ‘Land of God’.

Over the years, Zambia has developed and still developing, also with urbanization and western influence which has brought good to the country. Even so, Zambian people still preserve their culture, customs, and traditions, and always find the time to celebrate its annual traditional ceremonies, some of these ceremonies are really small and only recognized by the villages in a specific area, but still, they are of importance to Zambians at large.

Zambia has more than 20 traditional ceremonies, that continue to promote and preserve culture, and this is an inheritance that keeps being passed on from generation to generation. However, certain lifestyles and customs have been mixed with western culture as years progress, but strongly there are rulers and traditional advisors helping to preserve culture and tradition so that it is never forgotten.

These ceremonies are open to visitors, allowing them to watch and learn the significance of ancient times and history passed on from generation to generation. These include;

The Kulamba – This Traditional Ceremony is for the Chewa people of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia is held every last Saturday of the Month of August in Katete, the purpose of the ceremony is to pay homage to the Kalonga Gawa Undi. The Kulamba Ceremony is custodian to one of Zambia’s unique cultural practices called the Gule Wa Mkulu which has been recognized by UNESCO as “artifacts of intangible heritage”.

Likumbi Lyamize – This is a traditional ceremony of the Luvale people, in the Zambezi district, North-western Province. This ceremony takes place between the months of July and August, the name Likumbi Lya Mize originates from the word Mize meaning a small shrub where the senior Chief Ndungu lived first, before building his palace. In 1956, when the palace was completed, the senior Chief Ndungu decided to hold a celebration for this achievement, and his subjects named the festival as ‘Likumbi Lya Mize’. Because of the Makishi Masquerade that is at the ceremony, recognition by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as a world heritage ceremony was drawn.

N’cwala – This is a traditional ceremony practiced by the Ngoni people, in the Eastern of Zambia. The N’cwala ceremony takes place in February just when the month is coming to an end, people from all corners of Zambia gather to celebrate together, this ceremony takes place at Mtenguleni, to give thanksgiving for the first harvest of the season. It has been a ceremony practiced from Ngoni ancestors to the Ngoni people alive today. When the rains begin, usually between October and December, for the Ngonis it means a new year has begun, seeds are planted and when the time to harvest, a sacramental meal is prepared and offered to the Paramount Chief Mpezeni, god and the ancestors.

Kuomboka – This traditional ceremony for the Lozi speaking people of Western Province which takes place in Mongu by Paramount Chief Litunga. The Ceremony takes place at the end of every rainy season when the upper Zambezi River plains flood mostly between March and May. Kuomboka is the movement of people from the flooded plains to the higher land. The ceremony marks the movement of the king (Paramount Chief Litunga) from the palace in the flood plains to the palace on the higher land

Village Excursions

This includes visiting the local village that is located in remote places to learn about a typical day to day village life this can be a day visit or an overnight for a complete experience which will include spending a night in a house made from mud and straw, and thatched huts. You will also get to enjoy how the villagers find means to entertain themselves by telling stories, singing, composing songs and traditional dancing. Children and teens like to play games, among which is the common soccer game played almost anywhere in the world today.

Excursion to local Schools, local Clinics and a local market.

This unforgettable complete local African experience, with the visit the local school which some of them are supported by the tour operators in South Luangwa National Park where you can interact with the pupils, and also they can visit the local clinic as well, on your way back to the lodge you can stop by the market and interact with the local people selling fruits, vegetables and also local fabric.

Game Viewing National Parks and Wildlife Reserves

South Luangwa National Park – This is Zambia’s precious jewel and one of the best in Africa. The national park is located in the Eastern part of Zambia, continues to be a home of wonderful wildlife such as Lions, Leopards, Wild dogs, to mention a few, the heavyweight elephants, buffalos, and hippos, to the innocent beauties of Zebras, giraffes and amazing bird species.
The South Luangwa Animal Paradise lies in the valley of the Luangwa river, making it not only a home for the above-mentioned animals but a haven for more than 60 mammal species and over 400 species of birds. The Luangwa river itself is the heart of the National Park, it displays a splendid view of lagoons, vegetation, and scrubs along the banks.

The Park provides a wide range of accommodation; lodges and camps, from exquisite luxurious ones to comfortable bush African ones. All, not hidden to the views of either the river, valley, or wildlife at large. These lodges and camps have warm hospitality service of people, right from the reception to departure as hospitality is the Zambia special brand.

Game viewing in South Luangwa National Park is the top attraction and must do, experience the real sensation of nature and Africa with The Unique Walking Safari and the 4×4 Game Drives.

Zambian Walking Safari (Get Closer On Foot)

Experience the African bush and spot wildlife in their natural habitat in a unique way with a Zambian walking Safari. During the walking safari, you will concentrate much on things that can’t do while on a Game Drive Safari, such as tracking animals like Giraffes, Elephants, wildebeest, even big cats and many more.

The Game Drives

A game drive is an adventure taken to view and explore wildlife, usually in the comfort of a 4×4 vehicle. This one of South Luangwa’s popular game activities, as it allows visitors to see more games in their natural habitat.

Game Drives are categorized into two:

  • Morning Game Drives – This Drive is special, as it enables visitors to view animals when they are most active, and allows a clearer view of nature and the amazing habitat around the river.
  • Night Game Drive – This Drive is rarely done in other National Parks; however South Luangwa gives visitors an opportunity to see the nocturnal animals such as hyenas and leopards, well, of course, a chance to also see night birds such as owls.

Boat Cruise (Seasonal Boating)- This is an amazing treat to clients in the Emerald Season, from end December/January to around April. Explore the river with game viewing and birding and this is done by only one or two safari camps in South Luangwa National Park.

You can learn more about the experience by visiting our partners Animals Around The Globe via the blog

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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