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Wildlife & Animals In Zambia

Zambia is an amazing safari destination and you will have a chance to spot most of the high profile animals. Kafue, South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi are ideal for leopard sightings. However, cheetah and wild dogs are not that easy to see. The only place in Zambia where you can see a black rhino is in North Luangwa, while white rhino can be spotted only in Mosi-oa-Tunya.

There are many amazing endemic sub-species in Zambia including Crawshay’s zebra, Thornicroft’s giraffe, and Cookson’s wildebeest. Specific swampy areas are home to black lechwe and Kafue lechwe.

Best time for wildlife viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing is during the Dry season from May to October. During this time of year, animals gather around rivers and waterholes and the water is scarce. Animals are easy to spot at this time and the bush is less lush. The weather usually gets really hot from October until the Wet season that starts in November and lasts until April. It is difficult to drive on some roads during the Wet Season and there are several camps that are closed to visitors at this time.