Elephants greeting in Etosha NP, Namibia.
Big Game on foot: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
An elephant clan crossing the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Photo by Geoff Gallice.
A huge country with 18 massive game parks and wide variety of animals, but underdeveloped as yet.
The South Luangwa National Park specialises in walking safaris where you see animals and events that would be impossible from a 4WD, but also the big five – elephants, lions, etc. and lots of birds. Not a lot of cultural activities available.
Also Kafue National Park. Take $ cash for spending. Best October, good July – September. and June for bird watching. Avoid November – April (rains)
Pleasant elephant back expeditions in search of big cats, but it’s very rare to see one. We saw tiger paw prints and were kind of satisfied. In later years we heard of many visitors on tiger safari who saw prints but not animals. It occurred to us that it would be extremely easy for a safari park to send out an employee in the early morning/late evening with a clay model paw and punch a few prints into the damp mud…Just a thought!
Rhinos, on the other hand, are definitely visible.
Best November-April. See Nepal map.
Best Wildlife Safari Runners-Up
Babine River, British Columbia, Canada (grizzly bears fishing for salmon, July-August).
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (big game, self-drive safaris July-October).
Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (120 million crabs migrate in November.
Komodo, Indonesia (Komodo dragons, May-June, October).
Michoacan, Mexico ( millions of monarch butterflies hang out in the forests, November – February).
Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia ( 3 million bats leave the Deer Cave every evening).
Hortobagy National Park, Hungary ( skies fill with common cranes in early October).