Exhilarating experiences in Zambia
Wild, beautiful and with pockets still undiscovered, here are a few reasons why Zambia is a perfect destination for your next exhilarating holiday:
Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls
Diving into Devil’s Pool seems the most absurd idea in the world, but if you dare, this is one of the most exhilarating experiences around. Your guide will take you by boat to the very spot where Dr David Livingstone in 1855 first caught sight of Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning ‘the Smoke that Thunders’), a tiny island just metres from the plummeting falls. The highlight of a trip to Livingstone Island is the leap of faith into the water next to Victoria Falls. Without harness or equipment you will never have felt such a sense of freedom as diving into the waters metres from the dramatic falls. Sit on ‘Devil’s Seat’, a rock under the water which gives an excellent view. This experience is not for the faint-hearted but sometimes stepping outside the familiar is most rewarding.
Canoeing the Lower Zambezi
Canoeing down certain stretches of the Zambezi River in early summer feels like you have come across something totally undiscovered, with its quiet surroundings, lush scenery and enchanting birdlife. This stretch of the mighty river above Victoria Falls is accessible to the thundering falls but is completely tranquil, beautiful and perfect for a few days relaxation in one of its luxurious lodges before or after game-viewing in Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Walking in South Luangwa
Pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950s, a walking safari takes your African experience to the next level. Africa is wild, it is unpredictable, it is beautiful. The real Africa is a chance to spend a few days completely off the grid.
And so we invite you to the home of the walking safari: the Luangwa. This is achieved by the degree of knowledge and training that guides receive, which means you will be able to get close to big game, without impacting on the environment. And with a ‘scout’ or armed guide at the back of the group, a safari on foot could not be a safer way to see the smaller mysteries of the wilderness.
Each night you will reach a different camp, where delicious and well-deserved dinners will be served, often in view of a waterhole or river. A day’s safari might consist of three to five hours’ walking, but stopping en route to watch a herd of elephants or seeing wild dogs lazing under a tree makes it not too strenuous and you will wish the walk could last longer. At the end of another life-changing day, you will fall asleep listening to the sounds of Africa.
Photographic hides in South Luangwa National Park
Such is the reputation of the photographic hides in South Luangwa that journalists come from across the world to film here. There is simply no better place to watch the animals go about their daily life. Step into one of the naturally built hides here – discreetly structured in the most active breeding and drinking areas – and take in your surroundings, watching game at incredibly close range. As you wait for the first visitors, you will appreciate the sounds and stillness of the environment, soon interrupted by a herd of elephants coming to drink, bathe and play in the river, or a thirsty antelope in constant fear of an opportunistic crocodile.
There are so many special and natural behaviour patterns to observe and photograph. And after each visit, your expert guide will be able to improve your technique and settings to maximise the light and situation of your photos.
Exploring North Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa’s smaller, less-visited neighbour has few lodges and even fewer visitors. You feel truly ‘out there’ and the guides attracted to the area tend to be the most passionate conservationists in Southern Africa, which can be infectious. Only a short light aircraft flight from South Luangwa, but feeling extremely remote, the best way to experience this incredible park is on foot.