Welcome to Western Zambia


At one end of the spectrum is Victoria Falls. Being one of Africa's most famous attractions – combined with a world-class outdoor adventure scene – it’s home to the country’s tourism industry. The other big hitter is Kafue National Park, one of the continent's largest parks and a truly magnificent spot with all the big animals, and a thousand different landscapes.

Conversely, in the bulk of this vast west region you'll be hard pressed to see a single traveller. It’s by far Zambia’s least-visited area, which for many is its very appeal. It has huge tourism potential, however, with thundering waterfalls and remote wilderness areas such as Liuwa Plain National Park. Barotseland is also here, home to the Lozi people and the site of the colourful Kuomboka, Zambia’s best-known traditional ceremony.


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$80.02 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Livingstone to Zambezi River 2-Hour Sunset Safari Cruise

Leave your Livingstone hotel and travel to the nearby banks of the Zambezi River, a famous stretch of water that snakes its way through the savannah plains and swamplands of six different countries on route to the Indian Ocean. At the water’s edge, hop aboard your sightseeing boat and take a seat on deck, enjoying a selection of finger snacks, such as crisps and nuts, as well as a drink from the onboard bar. One glass of Champagne is included, and all other drinks – beer, wine and soft drinks – are unlimited! With drink in hand, settle back and gaze out at the river to take stock of the rich wildlife floating around you. Have your camera ready to capture sights of hippos wallowing in the shallows and crocodiles snaking along the water’s edge; the colorful birdlife is camera worthy, too.As the sun goes down, many of the land-based wildlife of Victoria Falls National Park head down to the river to drink, bathe and graze. Look out for Cape buffalo and giraffes, as well as the herds of elephants that often cross the river around sunset.After three hours cruising up and down a stretch of the Zambezi River, seeing the sunset sights, return to the riverbank and step back onto dry land. Your experience then finishes with a hotel drop-off in Livingstone.

$80 Outdoor Activities

Victoria Falls Tour from Livingstone

After hotel pickup in Livingstone, head to Victoria Falls to begin your walking tour around this World Heritage–listed waterfall on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are spectacular at any time of year, whether high season (April to August), with curtains of spray and roaring water, or low season (September to March), when you can stare down the rock face between trickles of water to the bottom, where fish swim below the Knife-edge Bridge. Known by the Kololo people as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘The Smoke that Thunders,’ Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water, even though it's not the widest or tallest waterfall. During your time here, visit a vantage point across the Knife-edge Bridge for a view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls, as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include Victoria Falls Bridge, Devil's Pool, and other Lockout points, which provides panoramic views across the Main Falls.

$70 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Nature Walk in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park from Livingstone

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Livingstone for the drive to Musi-oa-Tunya National Park, where your nature walk takes place with your guide. Nature walks provide a more natural and eco-friendly way of viewing African game, birds, and plantlife instead of a safari vehicle. Plus, on this walk, you have flexibility with your guide to spend longer than the standard duration of three hours, if you wish. This park is home to three of Africa's Big Five animals—elephant, buffalo, and a big part of Zambia's white rhino population. Your guide will also show you wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, primates, and antelopes—to mention but a few—as well as the local tree varieties, including teaks, mahoganies, and the mopane and marula trees, a favorite of the elephants. During a mid-walk break, perhaps near the Zambezi River, aka Kasamba Bezi, you'll have the chance to observe hippos and ibis along the riverbanks. When your time ends, you'll be returned to your pickup location to end your tour. This walking safari through the park and surrounding area is suitable for active and adventurous participants.

$95 Water Sports

White Water Rafting in Zambia

This enables you to marvel at the magnificent beauty of the Batoka Gorge between some of the most exciting and challenging rapids rafted anywhere on the planet. The Zambezi River changes water level significantly throughout the year. You can choose from two types of rafting experiences such as the low water half day morning or half day afternoon experiences!

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Swimming Under Victoria Falls: Half-Day Tour

Meet your guide at the entrance to the World Heritage Site on the Zambia side of the falls the day of your tour — departures are at 8:15am and 12:30pm. From there, you will walk down the beautiful Batoka Gorge for water level views of the falls. Then, you'll get in big, inflatable rafts and paddle across the "boiling pot," to get out right underneath Victoria Falls. Your experienced guide will accompany you to the nearest cascade. The view from here is amazing and you'll have the opportunity to swim and relax in the rock pools right below the waterfalls, an unforgettable experience!Entrance to the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site atop the gorge is included in the activity rate. You can visit the area (unguided) after swimming. The guided portion of the tour lasts three hours, and lunch, snacks, and hotel transfers are not included. The tour is not suitable for young children (guests must be at least 12 years of age). Souvenir photos are available for purchase.

$140 Water Sports

White Water Rafting Half-Day Tour in Zambia

The High Water Season runs from January until mid of July each year. Dates vary depending on the water level. Be picked up by a vehicle directly from your accommodation (time to be advised at booking). Check-in next to the Victoria Falls, walk down the gorge and start your rafting experience from rapid #10 (or #7) to rapid #25. This enables you to marvel at the magnificent beauty of the Batoka Gorge between some of the most exciting and challenging rapids rafted anywhere on the planet. Take a cable car ride up the gorge at the end of the day.Lunch and drinks provided. Return to your accommodation at approximately 14.30.

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