Zambia shares its wonder Victoria Falls with its neighbor Zimbabwe. But Zambia is also a beautiful safari land. The country has 14 large animal parks and safaris are combined according to the mode of transportation chosen – SUV or mini-van, horseback or even canoe or elephant. The opportunities for walking safaris are particularly remarkable. The national parks of Kafue, Lochinvar, Sioma Ngwezi, South Luangwa, North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi, and Kazanka are the most famous parks to visit during a trip to Zambia.
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Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park located in western Zambia is the largest and oldest national park in Zambia. It covers 22,400 sq km. Kafue is one of the largest national parks in Africa. Despite its size and prime location, only a couple of hours drive from Livingstone, it remains quite unknown and largely unexplored, with extensive virgin forest and shrubland.
Due to the size and diversity of habitat types, Kafue has a wonderful variety of wildlife. In recent years, the park has experienced an increase in a number of camps and safari lodges in and around the park. This new interest has led to an increase in the number of visitors and investments in the region, especially in infrastructure with several sustainable roads and tracks.
Any trip to Zambia is incomplete without seeing the Victoria Waterfalls offering a spectacular view of the stunning beauty of the Zambezi River, which is part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo Tribe, who live in the area, described it as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “Smoke that roars”. Victoria Falls are known as the largest water curtain in the world. The spray columns can be seen from a distance of many kilometers. At the time of greatest rainfall, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute pour down the waterfall. The wide cliff of basalt over which the falls fall turns the Zambezi from a gentle river into a fast-moving torrent that crosses a series of spectacular gorges.
This vast inland sea which you can visit during your trip to Zambia was made known in the European world in the mid-nineteenth century by English explorers Richard Burton and John Speke. They thought it to be the source of the Nile, reaching its shores in 1858. The coast of Tanganyika includes Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, and Zambia. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in Russia.
The great depth is due to the fact that it is located in the Great Mountain Range of the Valley, which also created a steep coast. It reaches a depth of 1,433 meters (4,700 feet), at an average depth of 642 meters.
The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa. For about 500 kilometers, it borders Zambia and Zimbabwe, passing through Victoria Falls and the narrow Batok Ravine, providing a fantastic playground for rafting, canoeing, river cruises, and seaplanes. Its unique value is that it is less developed than other rivers with respect to settlements and that many areas along its banks have even been protected. The Lower Zambezi National Park borders the river on the Zambian side and the Mana Pools National Park from the Zimbabwe side. The entire Zambezi area is home to one of the most important areas of African wildlife, as it feeds several species of game, bird, and fish.