Zambia is home to numerous national parks with amazing animals to be seen and fun activities. If you are planning on visiting Zambia, here are 6 top national parks you should consider:
- Kafue National Park
This is the oldest and largest national park in Zambia and covers part of Central, Southern, Western and North Western provinces.
Animals such as Lechwe and Sitatunga (a type of antelope) can be seen. The river bank of the Kafue river attracts elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Leopards and cheetahs can be spotted around the park. Smaller animals that can be seen include mongoose, otters, honey badgers, roan and more.
The Kafue National Park is open throughout the year though not all areas are accessible during the rainy season which falls between November and April.
- Liuwa Plains National Park
Liuwa Plains National Park is located in the Western Province of Zambia and was featured in the 52 Places To Go in 2018 by The New York Times. Liuwa has the second largest Wildebeest migration in Africa, more than 300 bird species and you can see animals including the Lion, Zebra, Cheetah, Reedbuck and Roan Antelope.
King Lewanika Lodge run by Time and Tide is the only permanent safari camp in the park
Activities: Canoeing, Game Drives and Stargazing
- Lower Zambezi
Lower Zambezi is located in Central Province, Zambia. It is one of the richest National Parks in Zambia in terms of wildlife with animals such as the Zebra, Puku, Impala, buffalo, Kudu and Baboons which can be seen browsing on the banks from the laid back comfort of your canoe.
Activities include canoe safaris where Elephants, Hippos, and Crocodiles can be seen.
- South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa is located in Eastern province and offers visitors a chance to get closer to wildlife through walking safaris which were pioneered in the park by Norman Carr.
The park has the largest concentration of the wild dog, 60 different animal species such as Lions, Zebras, Antelopes and Hippos, over 400 species of bird such as pelicans, herons, canine bee eaters and more. The South Luangwa is also home to the Thornicroft giraffe which is endemic to the park.
While here you can go on canoe safaris and game drives
Recommended Accommodation: Visitors to Mfuwe Lodge may be treated to elephants that walk through the reception to get to the mango trees. Another option is Kafunta Lodge and Chizombo, Kaingo, Chichele Presidential Lodge.
There are direct flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe via Proflight.
- Lavushi Manda National Park
Luvushi Manda National Park is located in the Muchinga escarpment of North Eastern Zambia. It is ideally-suited for self-hiking, or with a guide if desired.
According to Zambia Tourism, ” Lavushi Manda is a picturesque park with rolling hills, rich riparian forest and striking rocky outcrops.”
Lavushi Manda does not have the large wildlife that other parks in Zambia do but hikers can spot klipspringer, yellow-spotted rock hyrax and Smith’s red rock rabbit, Verreaux’ eagles and augur buzzards patrol birds near the mountain. Jackal, vervet monkeys and duiker can be spotted in the lower regions.
- Kasanka National Park
Managed by Kasanka Trust, Kasanka National Park is located in Serenje, Central Province which is approximately a five- to six-hour drive from Lusaka. It hosts the annual Bat migration. The best time to visit for the bat migration is October- December.
Although you won’t see the large cats (lions, leopards etc), you will see hippos, as well as different species of antelope like the Puku, Waterbuck, Sitatunga and Reedbuck.
Activities: Safari, Biking, a walk to Wasa lake
Zambia National Park Fees (Via Zambia Tourism. Last updated in 2015)
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