The rewards of traveling in Zambia are those of exploring remote, mesmerizing wilderness, full of an astonishing diversity of wildlife ~ Lonely Planet Guide 

Zambia is well known as a destination that is off the beaten track, especially appealing to those who have seen and done it all before. National Parks make up almost 40% of the country’s total area and its home to three of Africa’s largest rivers, each providing the ideal ingredients that contribute to Zambia being one of the most significant and most abundant wildlife refuges in Africa. 

No wonder then that the safari experience in Zambia is rated so highly by those in the know, from The Times and Wanderlust, to National Geographic and  Responsible Travel. 

The main port of entry is Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, which has many international arrivals, including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways. There are also good international connections to Livingstone, and frequent scheduled flights between these two major gateways. 

Due to the vast expanse of the country, the principal recommended form of travel within Zambia is by plane.

The major airline within Zambia is Proflight, which has scheduled flights across all safari destinations, including to Mfuwe, the main port of entry for the South Luangwa National Park. 

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.  

Impalas, pukus, waterbucks, giraffes and buffaloes wander on the wide-open plains; leopards, of which there are many in the park, hunt in the dense woodlands; herds of elephant wade through the marshes; and hippos munch serenely on Nile cabbage in the Luangwa River. The bird life is also tremendous: about 400 species have been recorded. 

The changing seasons add to the South Luangwa’s richness ranging from dry season (May to November) to the lush green jungle of the rainy summer months to dry plains, grasslands and woodlands – drawing the game towards the rivers and waterholes. 

Shenton Safaris offers fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain, combined with a relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodation and flavoursome cuisine. 

If you’re after a tailored holiday, including other destinations in Zambia, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can recommend camps and lodges that are personalised, mostly owner-run, offering spectacular safaris in the most remote areas, with dedicated guides and excellent wildlife.

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