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North Luangwa

North Luangwa in Zambia is remote and wild, accessible only by air or tough 4×4 vehicle – the perfect place for walking safaris 

Bountiful Busanga

This travel diary to Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park (Zambia) will have you contacting Africa Geographic to arrange your next safari

Bangweulu – Where the water meets the sky

This is Bangweulu, where the water meets the sky. Owned by remote Zambian community members, this important wetland is one of Africa’s most successful conservation projects.

Emerald Season boating in the South Luangwa

The upcoming summer rains in Zambia will soon usher in the country’s magical Emerald Season, where certain parts of the South Luangwa National Park transform into a verdant, watery oasis.

Travel: May safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in May? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: April safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in April? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: March safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in March? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Nanzhila Plains – Hidden Kafue Gem

The Kafue National Park is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, unspoilt wilderness with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. Nowhere else in Africa can you see blue duiker, sable, roan, red lechwe, Lichenstein’s hartebeest, puku, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, painted wolf, hippo and yellow-backed duiker all in one park. Covering 22,480 km2, Kafue represents 36% of […]

Travel: February safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in February? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

A visit from Lady Liuwa’s Pride

There is a special relationship between Liuwa’s lions and its human inhabitants, with Lady Liuwa’s pride living wild and free, but always with a propensity for wandering the edges of Time + Tide King Lewanika, the only permanent camp in the national park.

Travel: January safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in January? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: December safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in December? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Lower Zambezi: Where the Wild Things Are

The Lower Zambezi valley, with its majestic escarpment sloping down to meet the river, protects a massive rift in the earth’s crust through which the Zambezi River flows. Over millennia, mineral-rich volcanic soils deposited by the river have given rise to lush vegetation, while the many channels and oxbow lakes attract an array of wildlife. […]

Secret season in the Lower Zambezi National Park

We were on our way to experience the ‘secret season’ in one of Zambia’s most diverse and untouched wilderness frontiers, the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is hard to imagine what our experience would be like in what is also known as ‘green season’ – the start of the rains in this part of the world.

Travel: October safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in October? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: September safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in September? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: August safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in August? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Will Zambia’s Luangwa River be dammed? Have your say

Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs. Gone will be the seasonal, natural water cycles that sustain and nurture this incredibly fecund river valley. You see, a sizeable chunk of Luangwa Valley may be dammed in the near future, at Ndevu Gorge

Lavish Livingstone

It is not hard to see why the Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural sites on the planet, and continues to delight and capture the imagination of travellers. Even as early as 1855, David Livingstone described the Falls in a way that reflects this sentiment: “Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into […]

Travel: July safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in July? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Travel: June safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in June? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

South Luangwa’s secret safari season

It’s no secret that the dry season is an excellent time to view wildlife in South Luangwa. However, what many people don’t know, is that a safari during the rainy ‘Emerald’ season, can be just as spectacular.

Kafue: A River Runs Through It

Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, once said, “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again”. Well, here I was, indeed on safari again, reclining in my bathtub, luxuriously located on the verandah of our room just metres above the Kafue River at Mukambi Safari […]

The elephant orphans of Zambia

The Elephant Orphanage Project provides a sanctuary for defenceless elephant calves, who are the victims of poaching, human conflict or occasionally natural abandonment. Under the age of two, young elephants are extremely vulnerable and very dependent. Most will not survive without both their mother’s care and her nutrient-rich milk.

Christmas safari in Africa

Switch out snow and sleet, for sunshine and savannahs by spending your Christmas on safari in Southern Africa!

Capturing South Luangwa

Late September is a stunning time in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, with very little standing water beyond the boundaries of the drying river. This concentrates game along the remaining waterways, often causing interactions and social compression between animals that we do not see at other times of the year. It’s the perfect recipe […]

Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration

This time every year as the rains bring the Liuwa Plain in Zambia back to life, Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration moves into the southern reaches of the national park to drop their calves.

A spotted hyena rescue mission

In the South Luangwa National Park, the Zambia Carnivore Program (ZCP) works relentlessly to protect the wildlife in the area, which is why they were the first people that Robin Pope Safaris’ Nsefu Team called when they noticed a spotted hyena in serious distress. She had a huge wound on her neck and was in need of a helping hand.

Flight of the bumble bee-eaters

With their brilliant magenta plumage and accents of coral, turquoise and black, carmine bee-eaters are truly a sight to behold, turning even those least inclined into avian enthusiasts.

Gone, but not lost: Liuwa after Sepo

It is with heavy hearts that we must once more announce the loss of an important lioness from the Liuwa Pride. Just weeks after the passing of the famous Lady Liuwa, her second in command, Sepo, has passed as well.

Appreciating the smaller sightings on safari

While it’s much easier to spot plains game than it is a leopard, sometimes it pays off to spend a little while ‘smelling the roses’ and observing the smaller things on safari.

The advantages of choosing a shorter safari

Explore the advantages of going on a shorter African safari, where fly-in safaris can deliver you right into the thick of the action without wasting time on overland journeys and lengthy internal transfers.

My Luangwa Valley photo safari

I have just finished a photographic safari in South Luangwa with guests from South Africa. They were looking forward to great wildlife sightings and the remote seclusion offered by the Nsefu Sector, and I believe that Luangwa delivered on both!

Leopard sighting of a lifetime

Elusive, unpredictable and exuding an air of raw power, seeing a leopard in the wild is a safari experience that will stay with you for life.

Supporting the rising football stars of South Luangwa

Kafunta Safari Lodge recently received a visit from former Austrian international footballer Walter Hörmann and his wife Barbara who spent time with the Luangwa Safari Football League players on the dirt fields of Mfuwe, Zambia.

Getting to know the Thornicroft’s giraffe

The Thornicroft’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti), also known as the Rhodesian giraffe, is a morphologically distinct sub-species of giraffe found only in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia.

Northern Zambia: A water wonderland

Northern Zambia is one of nature’s best kept secrets. Sacred, mysterious and beautiful, the rivers cascade in fabulous displays of falling water; remote, uncommercialised, yet truly spectacular. With about 10 different waterfalls in the area, having only visited three we barely scratched the surface and will be back again soon for more. Combine these rivers and falls with the beautiful lakes of Bangwelu and Tanganyika and you have found a real water wonderland.

Malawi’s conservation success story

With the relocation of 250 more elephants currently underway, and a series of more conservation initiatives in the pipeline, Malawi certainly is an excellent example of how well conservation can work, when combined with scientific research, law enforcement, long-term management and community participation.