Africa Travel: Zambia, Star of Africa

Africa TravelAfrica Travel: Zambia, Star of Africa

The Zambian Government keen to exploit and expand their tourist resources, recognised the need to introduce new investors to the region to develop a standard of lodge whose luxurious style and comfort level would encourage even the sybaritic, faint hearted to experience the Zambian wilderness. One such investor is Star of Africa.

Star of Africa is unveiling a series of stunning safari destinations in four of Zambia’s most prolific wildlife estates, creating the ideal circuit for travellers to sample what Zambia has on offer.

In the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the mighty Zambezi exceptionally large and sumptuous tree houses hide discreetly amongst giant ebony trees.

It is hard to believe from this magical glade that just a couple of clicks downstream, past a pod of ponderous hippo, this magnificent river disappears over the crevice edge with the noise of a Richter earthquake to form the Victoria Falls.

These spectacular Falls are the largest curtain of falling water anywhere in the world.

The upstream tree house lodge is named Sussi & Chuma in memory of two deserving heroes. They were Dr Livingstone’s loyal servants who carried his body across 1500miles of Africa’s harshest hinterland, through swamps and forests, rivers and ravines, warring tribes and deadly disease to ensure his burial in Westminster Abbey.

The Lodge offers all the usual activities associated with Victoria Falls plus game drives and walks in the Park to see some of Africa’s few remaining Rhinos north of the Limpopo.

A visit to the poignant Pioneer Cemetery at Sekuti’s Drift is also a must.

Africa Travel: World Heritage Wetlands

A short flight inland lies the World Heritage Wetlands site of Lochinvar National Park noted for thousands of the endemic Kafue lechwe.

These aquatic antelope mass on the shoreline in breathtaking herds of up to 10,000 animals dominating the waterscape and obscuring the horizon.

In addition, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and oribi graze on the tender shoots at the lagoon’s edge and surrounding grassy plains.

However the real drawcard of these vast wetlands is the birdlife; it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise with 428 recorded species ranging from the flamboyant flamingo and pelican through a boggling array of waterfowl and waders to over 50 species of raptors.

A trip out on the water exploring the streams and channels in a traditional dugout canoe powered by pole and poler is surely the height of safari decadence.

Here Star of Africa has developed Lechwe Plains a tented safari camp of unrivalled proportions. The tents have tent pegs and guy ropes but there the similarity to weekend camping ends.

‘Canvas cathedrals’ would be a more apt description for these extraordinarily large and exotic tented bedrooms with their double basins, deeply delicious baths and king size beds.

Would you like to learn more about travel to Zambia? Then talk to one of our Africa travel consultants today about our affordable travel deals and packages to Zambia available now.

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Africa Travel: inspiration & adventure in Zambia

Africa TravelAfrica Travel: inspiration & adventure in Zambia

Looking for inspiration and adventure? Then be sure to visit Zambia on your Africa travel experience. This vast, sprawling country of nearly 750,000 square kilometres is to the north of the Zambezi River from which it takes its name.

Due to the arbitrary nature of the boundaries drawn when it sported the atlas-pink blush of British colonialism, Zambia has been described both as a lopsided butterfly and the head and haunches of a horse, flitting or prancing (take your pick) across the central African plateau.

The relatively small and predominantly urbanised population of 7 million has meant that immense areas of wilderness have been left unsullied and look very much as they might have done when the missionary Dr Livingstone chose Zambia as his favourite stomping ground in the mid nineteenth century.

As a result Zambia now has19 National Parks and a myriad of Game Management areas many larger than entire European nations. In all 32% of the country has been preserved as wildlife estate, an astounding acreage even for the most environmentally conscious of countries.

Africa Travel: Tourism to Zambia

Tourism to Zambia has been the territory of the cognoscenti up until now.

Those in the know, maybe with a colonial relative or a friend of a friend tentatively passed on the secret of this little known African jewel and a slow trickle of tourists returned home to lyricise about the rare beauty and abundant wildlife they had witnessed.

The facilities were quite rustic but the experience was five star.

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Africa Travel: Stunning South Africa

Africa TravelAfrica Travel: Stunning South Africa

Want to travel to Africa and get close up and personal with a lion, hippo or elephant?

For a large number of people, the biggest thrill of any visit to Africa is the wildlife safari encounter.

First day in an African Game Park and their sole vision becomes to spot the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard along with buffalo. Roll after roll of film (or digital picture cards) will be sacrificed in the search for the ideal photo, fortunately the only kind of ‘shot’ allowed these days is from a camera.

South Africa is certainly a veritable “world within one particular country” with a rolling panorama of exotic forests, lush green pastures, rugged mountain tops, golden beaches, arid deserts and also perhaps the most stunning wildlife on earth.

Right now there is definitely much more to see in South Africa than wildlife. The famous Wine-lands for example, is home to a few genuinely tasty reds…and they more than compare to our high quality wines from New Zealand.

Close by is actually the Garden Route, operating parallel to a coastline of lakes, mountain tops, golden beaches and dense native forests. Excellent for fishing, hiking and doing water activities, it’s actually a lovely location in South Africa that’s not to be missed

And after that of course there’s the way of life. When travelling to South Africa the strategy should be to include as many sights as possible.

Africa Travel: Seasonal Travel

The preferred time to visit South Africa is May to August.  Throughout the dry winter season the animals congregates all around the waterholes. During the daytime temperatures are around twenty five degrees, falling to around five degrees at night time.

Numerous South Africans take their own yearly holidays in summer, with waves of holiday-makers streaming out of the cities from mid-December to late January. Also, as well as during the other school holidays, resorts and national parks are usually heavily booked and rates on the coast can easily more than multiply by two.

Highlighting both the first and third worlds in a free-market economy, right now there tend to be numerous irresistible offers for shoppers, whether it is a gold or diamond bracelet coming from the stylish Waterfront in Cape Town, or a soapstone statue from a pavement hawker.

And that is the nature of South Africa…there is something for absolutely everyone!

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