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THE PERFECT SAFARI

Your guide to everything you need to know about planning your Zambian adventure — from where to go, to how long to spend in each place, and how to tie it all together — whatever your budget and interest. Compiled by Phil Clisby
ALL EYES ON YOU: Impala stand alert during a game drive near Konkamoya Lodge, on the shores of Lake Itezhi- Tezhi, in Kafue National Park

Deep in the Luangwa Valley, we lie in wait, engine switched off.To our right, two buffalo are on the lookout while the rest of the herd seeks cover among the trees. They can smell danger. To our left, three lionesses creep stealthily through the scrub, slowly spreading out, as they ready themselves for a three-pronged attack. One starts to move more quickly, passing directly in front of us. She’s momentarily out in the open but quickly blends back into the undergrowth, unseen. The buffalo sentries stand stock-still, remaining on their guard. Then the other two protagonists make their move. There’s an almighty commotion, dust billows and the herd scatters. The lions have pounced but missed. They retreat with nothing but wounded pride. Although Zambia is not usually considered a shoestring destination, “there are many options for different types of traveller”, says David Ryan of Rhino Africa, “from adventurous activities to the more secluded spots.” Similar itineraries are available, regardless of budget. What differentiates each, in the main, is accommodation choice and whether you fly in and out or transfer by road. When selecting your accommodation, advises Bill Adams of Safari Consultants, “Make sure you visit properties that allow you to try as many activities as you can: enjoy excellent walking opportunities, viewing wildlife from hides, day and night game drives, fishing, boating and canoeing for one of Africa’s best all-round safari experiences.”

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