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Livingstone
The town of Livingstone, is named after David Livingstone, thought to be the first European to set eyes on the Victoria Falls and the surrounding area. Livingstone is rich in culture and history, and also has a large variety of adventure and adrenaline experiences to choose from as well. There is something for eveyone in Livingstone. The Victoria Falls lie just a few kilometres away from the town on the Zambezi River and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. They were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. The falling water makes a deafening roar at the height of the annual river flood between February and May, creating clouds of spray and drenching the opposite cliff. The falls are thus aptly known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders”. Livingstone offers a wide range of accommodation options to use as base for exploring the area.

Livingstone’s culture and history is fascinating – as seen by the arts and craft producers, museums, architecture, food, traditional villages, and the general lifestyle. A popular place to visit while in Livingstone is the Livingstone Museum which traces local history and archaeology, and the life of the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone. Livingstone is accessible all year round .There are daily scheduled as well as charter flights to Livingstone Airport. The roads in and around livingstone are well maintained with few potholes.

The adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds the Zambian side of the falls. The 66 square kilometre National Park, established in 1972, runs from the Victoria Falls, and 12 kilometres along the Zambezi River. It is the smallest national park in Zambia, and was created to help conserve the animals which go back and forth across the Zambezi River. The park is home to big game such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, as well as zebra, antelope, warthog and various plant and other animal species. Less than ten of the very rare white rhino left in Zambia are also present in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia covers a total area of 4092 square kilometres and lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a large wildlife sanctuary. The main preditors in the Lower Zambezi are lion, leopard and spotted Hyena. 378 bird specifies have been recorded here and fish eagles are often seen perching in trees overlooking the water. There is abundant birdlife along the riverbanks as well as hippos, waterbuck and buffalo and it is not uncommon to see herds of elephants crossing the river.

The landscape and vegetation changes throughout the park. The park has a gentle gradient down the Zambezi Escarpment to the river, straddling two main woodland regions distinguished by the areas dominant types of tree, Miombo and Mopane. At the edge of the river is floodplain habitat. This parks is an extraordinarily wildlife-rich region that offers an unforgettable safari experience. - there is an activity to suit all interests, expect day and night game drives, guided nature walks, river cruises and fishing expeditions. Tigerfish are regularily caught in this area, but please keep in mind that the National Park operates on a catch-and-release basis.

The Lower Zambezi is easily accessible by road, but it is recommended to fly in and out by light aircraft to one of the valley's small airstrips. Lodge transfers into the park is either in a 4x4 game vehicle, canoe or by pontoon and the best time to visit the Lower Zambezi is from June to September. Most lodges open in April and close again in November.

South Luangwa
The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is concidered one of the world's most prolific game areas. The reserve is 9059 square kilometers and has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife with over 60 different species of animals and 400 types of birds, including 39 birds of prey. It is renowned for leopards and other predators and holds strong populations of elephant, buffalo and antelope. Hippos and crocodiles are plentiful in lagoons and seasonal pools left after the rains. The South Luangwa region experiences distinct seasonal changes throughout the year.

The best time to visit is during the dry winter season, from the middle of April to October as the concentration of wildlife is at its peak. The days are warm and sunny and the evenings are cooler. The hottest month to travel to the region is in October. The summer rain from November turns the dry winter landscape into fertile & flourishing vegetation. There is a wide variety of accommodation options, ranging from tented accommodation & remote bush camps to luxury lodges with all the facilities of a once in a lifetime getaway. We strongly recommend at least a 4 to 5 night stay with a combination of both a bush camp and luxury lodge experience.

Game drives deliver great sightings whilst out on a South Luangwa safari, but many visitors set out to explore the bush on foot. This park was the forerunner of guided walking safaris in Zambia and is still concidered as one of the best places in Africa to experience the thrill of walking through big-game country. The South Luangwa National Park is accessible by scheduled or chartered flights in Mfuwe Airport as well as by road.
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