Tim spent one week in Zambia in May 2016 – a truly stunning country. And since it is widely known that countries are like steaks sometimes – zambia will be medium rare. Grilled to perfection. Just the right amount of adventure with the well functioning modern infrastructure. If there’s a time so visit Zambia: It’s now.
Tim’s recommodations in order of appereance:
00:05 The Victoria Falls are Zambias best known sight. Best time to see them is obviously the wet season from February to May. And trust me: You better rent one of the raincoats offered at the entrance…
00:08 The South Luangwa National Park near the border to Malawi is famous for its huge Hippo and Elephant population.
00:10 There are numerous operators offering sunset cruises on the Zambezi. Definitely a must do when in Livingstone. Good thing: Most of them have all inclusive drinks…
00:13 The Royal Zambezi Lodge is a very unique hideaway in the middle of nowhere. Very soon you will know all the employees by name. The lodge has its own airstrip nearby. Elephants are very likely to say hello at your dinner table.
00:14 In the Lower Zambezi National Park you will feel pretty alone. Which is a good thing when you’re going on a safari. Leopards are likely to be spotted at night – and it has a big elephant population.
00:27 You have no idea how big the Victoria Falls really are when you havn’t seen them from above. There are numerous helicopter operators and you will get a 15 minute roundtrip for less than 150 Dollars. From my experience: Try the microlight planes from Batoka sky. Absolutely stunning, open air feeling – and the pilot will do low passes on elephants on the shore of the Zambezi river.
00:30 The Bungee Jump on the Victoria Falls Bridge may not be the highest in the world (“just” 111 Meters) but definitely the one with the best view.
00:36 If you’re in a hurry: Discover Zambia by plane. A very convenient local airline is Proflight Zambia which operates small planes and goes to very remote places that would take you days to reach. In the video I’m flying with Royal Air Charters. And let me tell you: The two female pilots I was flying with were definitely the best I ever had.
00:42 The Royal Livingstone Hotel is the place to be when staying in Livingstone. Top notch. World class. It couldn’t be better. Two things are worth mentioning in particular: Firstly you are living at the shore of the Zambezi river and can still feel the mist and the thunder of the mighty Victoria Falls just 400 Meters away. And – of course – the Zebras and Giraffes that live on the compound come to say hello at night.
00:35 Mfuwe is a very nice little town next to the South Luangwa National Park that you have to pass from the airport.
00:52 Makumi Cultural Village is one of the many examples for very good cultural tourism. The village relies on the tourists visiting normal families in their everyday life. When you’re lucky you can see the chief himself and chill with him under a huge tree that once served David Livingstone as a picknick place.
1:00 The Mfuwe Lodge is a very, very special place. Because every year they have elephants in their lobby. The reason is the mango tree in their backyard. The leader of the group, “Wonky Tusk” leads her family through the hotel every year. The camp is unfenced. So expect to drink a lot of gin tonics at the bar before the lions leave the front porch of your bungalow.