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This rapidly developing city is very much the beating heart of Zambia as it acts as the political, economic, transport and cultural centre of this fascinating country.

Lusaka started a life as a village and it was named after the headman of this initial settlement. The city began to take shape as it was expanded by colonial settlers with the construction of the railway being the major catalyst. Nowadays, the vibrant market stalls selling an assortment of vegetables and dried fish, the aging tree-lined boulevards and the general pace of life create an essentially African atmosphere that other more ‘touristy’ cities on the continent lack.

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Key info

  • Where: Southern region of the Central plateau, Zambia

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Bats, Rhinos & Reptiles

Kasanka National Park plays hosts to a remarkable annual wildlife spectacle; from mid-November onwards an estimated 12 million fruitbats arrive. Guided walks will take you to witness this marvelous spectacle, and will be combined with time on safari in the national parks of Zambia and Malawi.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Batty about Kasanka

Every November and December, millions of fruit bats take up residence in Kasanka National Park - witness this incredible sight while staying in a comfortable tented camp near the renowned Fibwe Hide. The trip also includes time in South Luangwa where walking safaris and night drives are a highlight.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Leopards of Luangwa

This is our single most popular safari – we’ve been selling it for years and it’s just as popular now as when we first introduced it. South Luangwa has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard – spot them on early morning, afternoon and night drives, as well as glorious walking safaris.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Liuwa Plain & Kasanka

Led by renowned wildlife guide and expert birder Robin Pope, this one-off tour to Zambia explores the remote and seldom-visited wilderness of Liuwa Plain National Park for an exclusive safari experience, and Kasanka National Park to see the phenomenal migration of millions of fruit bats.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Luangwa Valley & Lower Zambezi

Combine the beauty of the Luangwa Valley with the delights of the Lower Zambezi. In South Luangwa, you will find the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard, and boat trips on the Lower Zambezi add another dimension to watching wildlife, with elephant and huge herds of buffalo.

  • When to go: Jun-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Scenic Wonders of Kafue & Hwange

This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora.The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Shoebills, Lechwe & Luangwa

If you are a connoisseur who yearns for untouched wilderness, this is the safari for you! The vast Bangweulu wetland is home to over 30,000 black lechwe and the highly endangered shoebill, and Kasanka famously has over 400 bird species, including the rare Pel’s fishing owl.

  • When to go: Mar-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Lilayi Lodge

This small lodge stands on a historic family-run game farm near Lusaka, where a number of well-appointed chalets - some suitable for families - are scattered throughout the surrounding bush. Activities include guided wildlife drives, bush walks and excursions to the Elephant Orphanage.

Radisson Blu Lusaka

This conveniently located hotel is close to both the city centre and the airport in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka – the perfect stop before or after your safari. It has 142 modern en suite rooms and suites, all with balcony and air conditioning, and a variety of leisure facilities are available.