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  • Hi Mary, The holiday was amazing. You did so well – everything was perfect and went like clock work. We saw some wonderful sights and stayed in amazing places. Waterberry – well what can you say. Such lovely people. Nothing was too much trouble. Winchester Mansions – what a lovely hotel, really quirky. The people were so nice everywhere we went. I would recommend all of them. We had fantastic views in all the places we stayed in. Lavender Manor – the whales were unbelievable we didn’t expect to see them so close. The rooms were lovely. Candlewood Lodge – we had fantastic views and again the rooms were lovely. The owners were very nice too. Knysna was a lovely area. Kichaka Game Lodge – that was amazing. We saw lots of animals and saw hippos and elephants from our room. Those rooms are amazing. Again the people were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The game drives were brilliant. We would love to go back to Africa again one day and will certainly be in contact when we do. Thank you again so much Mary, you made our holiday very special.

    Tony and Tina from Hampshire travelled to Zambia and South Africa
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Of the lesser wildlife areas, Kasanka National Park and the Lake Bangweulu wetlands lie in the northern part of the country and are of particular interest to bird watchers. The rare shoebill can be seen in Bangweulu, whilst the species list in Kasanka is well over 400. Kasanka has a very diverse habitat, and although small (covering just 350 sq kms), sports a reasonable wildlife population of which sitatunga are of worthy note. In November and December, millions of Straw-coloured fruit bats migrate into the park, one of natures great migrations.

In the west of the country, on the border with Angola, the Liuwa Plain National Park plays host to Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration. The park covers some 3600 sq kms, and is generally only accessible during the dry season (June to November) when the receding waters of the Barotse Floodplain dry sufficiently to allow vehicle movement. The park is dominated by huge tree-less plains (it is possible to reach areas where there is no tree or any other object above the grassland in sight, a truly daunting experience) where eroded natural waterholes hold enough stagnant water through the dry season to support the wildlife population – some 43000 wildebeest, oribi, zebra and lechwe being the main species. The prime predator is the hyaena although wild dog and lion have also been seen in very small numbers. Birdlife is superb, with large flocks of pelican, crowned crane and wattled crane amongst the various stork, egret and plover species and on can only imagine what the area is like during the wet months. The huge plains are fringed by riverine woodland. To reach Liuwa is an expedition and not one which should be tackled lightly. Choose to take the scheduled small group departures during Mary, June, October and November.

For further information on safari options available in Zambia please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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