Zambia is called ‘the real raw Africa’, and this is not an idle boast. Zambia, unlike Botswana, is much younger and refined and it is situated on the south east of Africa continent. Zambia is the symbol of power or raw Africa ranging from rafting beneath the thundering Victorian falls to tracking lions on foot in South Luangwa. This country is famous for Zambia safari.
Zambia safari has got many types ranging from walking safaris to open vehicle safari. Walking safari is unique about Zambia safari unlike Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana where multiday walking through wildlife filled national parks are not allowed. Norman Carr Safaris, being the first company to have practiced this walking safari for over fifty years is the original safari company. During the walking safari, one can actually be a part of that environment. One can feel, smell, hear and the same time can see it. In this way, may be one will not be able to cover as much as he would have covered on vehicle, but the feeling is incredible. To see a lion while on a walking safari just a few meters away flicking his tail and darting for cover is a privilege in its own. This safari is conducted by armed escort scout leading the way and children below the age of twelve are not allowed. Walks are also conducted at a slow pace to ensure comfort and safety to the travelers.
Birding Safari is another form of Zambia safari . Zambia has got a huge species of birds. The most suitable and exciting season for this birding safari is European winter or the Emerald Season as this time the birds are in full breeding plumage and song. In South Luangwa National Park, over 400 species of birds have been recorded. Western Banded Snake Eagle, Lilian’s Lovebird, Collared Palm Thrush and the stunning Fire-crowned Bishop are some of the highlights. Abraham Banda , the Kapani camp manager is one of Zambia’s best naturalist and his specialty is in bird safari. When one is on the bird safari in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley one can encounter different habitats. Each habitat has unique selection of birds and mammals. A wonderful variety of water birds are found in backwaters and lagoons.
Canoeing Safaris is another specialty of Zambia safari. A canoeing Safari on the Upper Zambezi River is a wonderful way to cherish the beauty that lines the river before it takes the plunge over the Victoria Falls. This part of the river has got islands of various sizes and is home to several birds and small animals. David Livingstone took this route in search of rising clouds of mist. One can get an ultimate excitement in the Canoeing Safari in Lower Zambezi River. As one canoes through the section of Zambezi, one can see the National Parks on both the sides. While browsing on the banks from the laid back comfort of the canoe Hippos are always in sight. Elephants, Zebra, Baboons and Crocodiles can also be seen.
Elephant Back Safari is all about seeing the world through the eyes of an elephant, at least from the same height as of an elephant. Zambia safari also includes Mobile Safari, Horse Back Safari, Photographic Safari and Open Vehicle Safari.