Zambia is Africa’s untamed child: a place for those searching for the truly wild. Over 30 percent of the country is dedicated to some of the world’s largest and most diverse national parks where mighty rivers are a magnet for animals and bring life to a network of forests and grasslands. Much of the country’s appeal lies in its remoteness: a rugged wilderness, far less explored than its busier neighbours. With excellent game viewing, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park are all in close proximity – this is a serious African treasure. With so much diversity on offer, you’re all but guaranteed high-profile wildlife sightings in Zambia. The country’s national parks are home to an abundance of elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, zebra and various antelope species. It’s one of the few places on earth where large herds still roam the plains, stalked by predators of all shapes and sizes. Zambia’s rivers and waterways provide life for hippo, crocodile and innumerable birdlife. If you’re looking to see rarer animals, the famous South Luangwa is a fantastic leopard hotspot. Or visit North Luangwa to see black rhino and Mosi-oa-Tunya for their white cousins. Day safaris expose you to many of the country’s endemic game species including the Kafue lechwe and black lechwe, while you might encounter the shyer porcupine, genet and bushbaby on a night safari.