Lex Hes, a naturalist and renowned wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for over 40 years. From leading countless tours across Africa to his passion for the conservation of wild lions and expertise photographing animals in the wild, he possesses the unique ability to combine his knowledge and skills for the ultimate safari experience. We asked Lex to give us a breakdown of some of the highlights you can expect to see on a trip to Zambia, read on for what he had to say.
At Zegrahm, we are always looking for new destinations to share with you and this particular trip includes some really remote parts of Zambia that are not as well-known but are amazing places in their own right. Liuwa Plains National Park carries the second-highest population of wildebeest on the Continent, second only to those of East Africa. Plus, Kasanka National Park is the home of the largest mammal migration in the world with 10 million fruit bats flocking there from all over Africa to feed on the fruits of the wild loquat tree.
In addition to these two amazing places, we also visit two of the better-known parts of Zambia, South Luangwa National Park and Victoria Falls.
On this unique safari, you’ll experience luxury tented accommodation and daily early morning and late afternoon game drives in these amazing wilderness areas.
At Liuwa Plains, explore the open plains by game drive vehicle looking for the herds of wildebeest, zebra, tsessebe, eland, roan, and red lechwe as well as the lions, leopards, cheetah, and wild dogs that prey on the herbivores. Spotted hyenas also occur here in good numbers. We’ll also tick off some of the nearly 300 bird species that frequent this remote wilderness.
At Kasanka, the goal is to get views of the millions of bats each morning and evening as they move from their roosting places in the forest to their feeding grounds and back again. There are a couple of hides situated in trees overlooking the roosting places that offer some of the best views of the bats flying in and out. Apart from the bats, be on the lookout for various antelope species, including lechwe and the rarely-seen sitatunga as well as some of the more than 300 bird species that occur in this tiny national park.
From Kasanka, head to a comfortable tented camp on the bank of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park. Here, embark on daily early morning and afternoon game drives looking for the various species of wildlife that occur in this truly wild national park—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, impala, zebra, bushbuck, puku, and African wild dog.
The safari ends at magnificent Victoria Falls, staying at a tented camp on the bank of the Zambezi River upstream from the falls. In addition to viewing the falls, take wonderful boat trips on the river, looking for hippos, crocs, elephants, and birdlife. A walk into the national park may reveal the endangered white rhino.
I’m excited to be leading this amazing new adventure to a place that few have visited before. A pristine wilderness that you will surely never forget. Join me!