Zambia, often referred to as the 'real Africa' is a country of diverse landscapes, rich culture, and unique wildlife experiences. Here are five compelling reasons to make Zambia your next holiday destination from Lightfoot Travel's co-founder and Africa destination expert, Nico.

"I often describe Zambia as the last authentic safari destination in Africa, particularly for those guests who have visited Eastern Africa, Botswana or Zimbabwe.There are great swathes of pristine wilderness and little-known corners of Zambia with unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, highly-skilled and passionate guides, and where you're unlikely to encounter another tourist. This is the birthplace of the walking safari and nothing beats observing a lion or giraffe up close - it's a truly transformative experience."


Pristine Landscapes

Zambia is home to some of Africa's most pristine wilderness and best national parks, from South Luangwa National Park - Zambia's premier wildlife destination - to the remote Kafue National Park, Zambia's oldest and largest national park. With 30% of its landmass under protection, Zambia offers visitors unparalleled adventure and wildlife viewing opportunities.

A safe country to visit

Zambia has consistently been voted as one of Africa's safest countries to visit making it a brilliant family safari destination.

Luxurious Accommodation

Zambia offers a wide variety of luxurious camps and lodges. There's something to suit everyone, from authentic tented camps in the wilderness to opulent riverside lodges.

Natural Wonders

One of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is a must-see attraction in Zambia. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning "The Smoke That Thunders," this awe-inspiring waterfall spans over 1,700 meters.

Welcoming Spirit

In Zambia, you will meet some of Africa's most exceptional guides who are passionate about the land and excel in offering guests immersive and educational safari experiences. The Zambian people are renowned for their genuine friendliness and welcoming spirit and visitors are always greeted with open arms and warm smiles.

As well as these five compelling reasons to visit Zambia, the rich cultural heritage of this country offers visitors a glimpse into the country's storied past. We highly recommend incorporating a visit to Zambia's traditional villages or witnessing one of the cultural festivals of the Bemba, Tozi and Lozi people, in a tailor-made trip to Zambia.

Get in touch with our Africa destination expert, Nico, today and start planning your bespoke Zambian adventure.

Suggested Itineraries

Two River Safaris

Luangwa Valley Lower Zambezi Zambia Africa

  • Combine two of Zambia’s best National Parks
  • Walk between the camps in South Luangwa following the Luwi River
  • Experience a “Return to the Wild” sleep out night in Kakuli
  • Paddle in canoes and fly fish in the Lower Zambezi
  • Enjoy a sunset boat trip, drifting downstream while watching buffalo and elephant

When to go:

ideal length 9 nights

Ultimate Week Safari in Zimbabwe & Zambia

Zambia Zimbabwe Africa

  • Enjoy nature drives and searching for wildlife in Hwange National Park
  • Spot wildlife on a game drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Cruise on the Zambezi River looking for hippos, crocodiles and birds
  • Visit local communities, tour the school and meet the villagers.
  • Spend a day visiting the nearby majestic Victoria Falls

When to go:

ideal length 6 nights
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Victoria falls, Zambia


Zambia is home to little-explored wilderness that offers a chance to experience nature at its best. See the big five, the Victoria Falls, and the Zambezi River on a luxury holiday to Zambia with Lightfoot Travel.

Lower Zambezi National Park. Zambezi River

Lower Zambezi

This park is still relatively undeveloped, but it's beauty lies in it's absolute remoteness and pure wilderness of it all.

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