Logistically, it's sensible to divide the main areas on interest into the Upper and Lower Zambezi - the middle Zambezi, dominated by Lake Kariba is best tackled via Zimbabwe.
The ancient kingdom of Barotseland, whilst having a particularly interesting history and being an area where old Lozi customs have been retained by the inhabitants, there is no game to speak of other that herds of Nguni cattle - it remains an excellent area for fishing safaris.
Sioma National Park is a rough wilderness without any roads - the park protects a large population of elephant and it's the only place in Zambia outside of the South Luangwa in which you'll find giraffe - poaching is rife with incursions from Angola matching local pursuits.
Liuwa Plain National Park is a large grassy plain and woodland area - Liuwa plains witnesses Africa's second largest wildebeest migration - this is really worthwhile!
As yet, Livingstone hasn't been as extensively developed as the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean bank but offers some excellent lodge accommodation and activities during the almost obligatory stay at Victoria Falls. Livingstone itself is also an important air charter hub from which connections to the Kafue, Luangwa and lower Zambezi regions are made.
The Zambian shoreline has a selection of excellent safari lodges en route down towards the Lower Zambezi National Park. This park is still wild and relatively undeveloped. Elephant poaching in recent years has declined in the presence of safari operators in the area and game has improved dramatically as a result.
This part of the valley with its riverine forests, broad flood plain and woodlands in the hills towards and beyond the escarpment provides excellent habitats and the birding is spectacular year round. Access into the Lower Zambezi National Park during the green season is available but in our opinion not a good idea - an option is to canoe on the Zimbabwean shoreline during the rainy season. There is one particularly good canoe safari on the Zambian bank that ends at Mwambashi.
Provided By: The Zambezi Safari And Travel Co. Ltd.
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