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Zambia is a peanut-shaped country in Southern Africa with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.
Though landlocked, Zambia has large bodies of water and boasts seventeen incredible waterfalls, including Victoria Falls. The country has a tropical climate with geography consisting mostly of high plateaus with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys.
You will find incredible scenery, abundant wildlife and friendly people in Zambia.
Imagine an invigorating whitewater rafting trip down the rapids of the Zambezi River followed by sunset-gazing beside the world’s largest waterfall, spectacular Victoria Falls, while you sip your favorite drink.
Looking for a more relaxed adventure? Take a houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba where wild elephants drink along the riverbank as you fish for tiger fish.
Big game sighting is routine and the national parks have a variety of activities available from game drives, night drives, walking safaris and canoeing. Those more experienced travelers come to enjoy authentic wildlife experiences without the distraction of larger numbers of visitors.
Here are two camps in Zambia we favor, each offering a different experience for you.
Baines’ River Camp sits on the banks of the Zambezi River in the African bush across from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools. Named after the famous artist/explorer John Thomas Baines, this safari lodge hosts an assortment of activities in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park. Specialized photography workshops, birding weeks and fly-fishing clinics are led by internationally known expert guides who share a passion for the African bush.
The Game Management Areas (GMAs) that border most of Zambia’s National Parks are protected wilderness areas buffering the areas between the parks and areas inhabited by people and are important to conserving the bio-diversity of the country. The Baines’ River Camp is located within a GMA so the permanent structures in this luxury camp provide guests a comfortable safari experience with minimal environmental impact.
Accommodations here are a bit more luxurious than the typical safari tents. The colonial style safari chalets boast air conditioning, ceiling fans, goose down pillows and duvets, rich fabrics and colorful kelims,,walk-in showers as well as gauze sashes on the windows to increase mosquito-proofing. You can enjoy a view of the Zambezi River from the private verandas of the chalets.
Busanga Bush Camp is a rustic, intimate bush camp that lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains. The Plains cover approximately 750 square kilometers inside the Kafue National Part and are one of Zambia’s most significant wetland resources.
The camp itself has four well-appointed guest tents nestled in an island of sycamore fig trees. Each tent has its’ own open-air bathroom and a front-facing veranda where you can relax and enjoy the views. Guests often enjoy breakfast in the lounge area while they watch herds of lechwe and puku. A majestic tree provides shade for romantic dinners.
Busanga Plains is famed for its’ prides of tree-climbing lion and offers some of the best lion viewing in Africa. Other activities to enjoy include day and night game drives, birding, hot air balloon flights, and seasonal boating.