The Best National Parks in Zambia for Safaris – Adventures Full of Wildlife Wonders!

Zambia boasts some of the African continent’s most pristine and diverse wilderness areas making it a safari enthusiast’s paradise. Here are some of its top national parks where unforgettable wildlife encounters and natural beauty await.

Joachim Huber, Plains zebra, South Luangwa National Park (2508422743), CC BY-SA 2.0

Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park 

Mosi-Oa-Tunya, known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders,’ is home to one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions, Victoria Falls, near The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara. Those based at such hotels within the national park can easily embark on game drives as well, amongst the most thrilling things to do in Zambia. On your drive, you have a chance to see antelopes, elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, African fish eagles and more; you can also take a cruise along its boundaries on the Zambezi River to spot hippos and crocodiles.

Kafue National Park

Kafue, Zambia’s largest national park, is a vast wilderness waiting to be explored and can be reached on excursions from Livingstone. With its diverse ecosystems, it offers the chance to see a wide range of wildlife, while over 500 bird species have been recorded here too. On your safari, be on the lookout to spot leopards, elephants, buffalos, lions, African wild dogs and cheetahs. Those venturing near the Kafue River may not only catch sight of hippos and huge crocodiles but depending on the season, elephants swimming in the water as well!

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is often hailed as one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, renowned for wildlife safaris including walking safaris that allow you to get up close to certain members of the animal kingdom. You will come across diverse landscapes from woodlands to grassy plains, not forgetting the Luangwa River. Those exploring the park by vehicle have a chance to observe lions, elephants, leopards, antelopes, giraffes, and hyenas to name a few. You can even take a night drive to spot elusive nocturnal creatures.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Nestled along the Zambezi River’s northern bank, this national park offers a unique blend of wildlife and water-based adventures. Best visited from June to September, this wildlife sanctuary can be explored on safari game drives on which you can see animals like elephants, lions, buffalos, and leopards roam freely. For a different perspective, embark on a canoe safari down the Zambezi, where you have an ideal opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, and elephants along the riverbanks as well as numerous bird species.