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Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly two kilometers into a deep gorge over 100 meters below. The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
South Luangwa National Park
Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it’s oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the lifeblood of the park. The now famous ‘walking safari’ probably originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness firsthand. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species.
Kafue National Park
Kafue is Zambia’s oldest park and by far the largest. It was proclaimed in 1950 and is the second largest national park in the world—roughly the size of Wales. The Park is a raw and diverse slice of African wilderness with excellent game viewing, bird watching and fishing opportunities. The park sustains huge herds of a great diversity of wildlife, from massive herds of Cape buffalo, to thousands of red lechwe on the plains, the ubiquitous puku, the stately sable and roan antelopes in the woodland, the diminutive oribi and duiker, and the predators that subsist upon them all. The defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe, hartebeest and zebra make for a full menu of antelope.
Lower Zambezi National Park
This is Zambia’s newest park and as such is still relatively undeveloped. Its beauty lies in its absolute wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The Park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe and the whole area on both sides of the river is a massive wildlife sanctuary. Most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the park’s animal species. Enormous herds of elephant, some up to 100 strong, are often seen at the river’s edge. Island hopping buffalo and waterbuck are common. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard, as well as magnificent birds such as the fish eagle.