The Big Threeon December 30, 2013
Wildlife areas in Zambia are little known compared to other countries in the Southern African region. I am sure that most people have heard of Kruger Park in South Africa, Chobe Park in Botswana, Etosha Park in Namibia and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. In Zambia we have what we call The Big Three – South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks. They are amazing parks, full of wildlife and wonderful scenery, but not as well known.
There are many reasons why visitors to the Sun International resort in Zambia go on to safaris in Zambia. Firstly Zambia has big rivers and most of our parks lie on either a river or a lake. Our largest river is the Zambezi; but we also have the Kafue River and the Luangwa River. Both are large rivers in their own right and both drain into the Zambezi River. The rivers are a lifeline for the wildlife, providing water to drink. Often, too, the best way to view the wildlife is to take a boat ride and watch from the river as the animals come down to drink.
Altogether we have 19 National Parks in Zambia and they are spread throughout the country. Self-drive can be a bit daunting because of the distances; but charter flights are available within the country and offer short, hassle-free hops from one park to another. All lodges within the parks offer luxury accommodation and tours into the park.
In Livingstone we have the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which is very small compared to some of the others. It also has no predators. Visitors to Zambia who really want to see Wild Africa, can head towards Kafue National Park, our closest large park to Livingstone. Kafue National Park is named after the Kafue River which runs through it. The park is the size of West Virginia and takes two or three days just to drive through. There are no tar roads here, just sandy tracks.
The park also has more mammal species than any other park in Southern or Central Africa. Lions, leopards and wild dogs are commonly seen, especially on an early morning drive. For that early morning drive, be prepared for a knock on your door at 5am. The waiter will be coming to bring you a cup of coffee and tell you to get up – the vehicle is waiting; and so are the animals!