Although Zambia boasts 19 national parks across the country, decades of poaching and habitat destruction have made many national parks in Zambia a less than exhilarating visit. That said, the four national parks described below are jam-packed with wildlife and offer some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa – not bad considering some of the regional competition! The Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) runs most of the parks in the country, but is experimenting – seemingly successfully it should be said – with the private leasing of some parks.
Use the above map to locate national parks in Zambia. Click the safari icons to see more info about each national park and zoom and scroll the map for more details. Read overviews of each Zambia national park below.
Top National Parks in Zambia
South Luangwa National Park
Quite simply one of the best national parks in Africa. Unparalleled in Zambia for scenery and variety and density of animals, a visit here will leave you in awe and perhaps extending your vacation!
Lower Zambezi National Park
Zambia’s newest national park at 4,090 sq km, taking in scenic floodplains alongside the Zambezi river. With pans, swamps and savanna there’s habitat to support a variety of wildlife, and growing numbers of elephants after a period of poaching.
Kafue National Park
Covering an area almost the size of Belgium, Kafue is Zambia’s largest national park and also the most accessible for self-drive safaris. Rivers and tributaries allow boat and canoe safaris for up close and personal experiences with hippos and crocodiles, while swamp and grass areas and large amounts of wildlife make larger land game viewing easy.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
“The smoke that thunders” national park provides access to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The game viewing is minimal, but this park is all about jaw-dropping views – whether the water level of the Zambezi is high or low.
Self-drive safaris are an option in most national parks across Zambia. In order to have access to all areas of all national parks you will need to need a 4WD jeep. If you’d rather arrange a tour through a reputable company check out our directory of safari tour companies in Zambia before arrival in the country.
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