Many people visiting Zambia do so to see the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls and don’t venture further than Livingstone, but Zambia has a lot more to offer for the adventurous traveler.
While self-drive isn’t as popular as it is elsewhere in Southern Africa, it is growing, and traveling in Zambia gives you a memorable wilderness experience. Most of our Zambia itineraries focus on the Kafue National Park, South Luangwa and eastern Zambia, but we cover most of the country.
Self-driving in Zambia is better suited for those who have done Botswana and want something a little different and more challenging – distances are longer, and road conditions can be challenging. It is also more seasonal than Botswana and many areas are inaccessible in the rainy season.
The Kafue National Park offers a great variety of landscapes and some excellent lodging as well as camping, and it is easy to spend a week in this area of Zambia and still not cover more than half the park. South and North Luangwa National Parks are well known for their walking safaris – the south being the more accessible of the two parks. The Lower Zambezi National Park is also popular with some high quality accommodation in beautiful surroundings.
More off the beaten track destinations include the Kasanka National Park, Mutinondo Wilderness, Kapishya Hot Springs and Liuwa Plains, all of which can be incorporated into a longer self-drive itinerary for the adventurous traveler.