Game viewing in Zambia adds a whole new dimension for those who have enjoyed safaris in Botswana, South Africa or Zimbabwe. The broad swathes of miombo in Kafue National Park and the rift valley endemism of South Luangwa National Park mean that the large diversity of Zambia surpasses that of Botswana.
Together with high profile species such as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and zebra, Kafue offers fantastic roan, sable and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest viewing. Sitatunga are also relatively easily encountered and Defassa waterbuck, puku and red lechwe occupy different niches of the floodplain. Kafue harbours an important wild dog population and is the only reliable place in Zambia where you have a chance of seeing cheetah.
South Luangwa also plays host the major large mammal species but in addition is home to two endemic subspecies which occur nowhere else: the regal Thornicroft’s giraffe and the unassuming Cookson’s wildebeest. Puku are common as are the famously high density living hippos of the Luangwa River.
Game viewing in Lower Zambezi can be excellent in the dry season and lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo are frequently sighted. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park outside Livingstone shouldn’t be forgotten and harbours Zambia’s only white rhino population.