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What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

We have been bad about exploring Zambia as it is so prohibitively expensive for families (often $1000 or more/night for a family of 4) to safari or anything. We are planning a trip for the spring. We have actually gone to Europe, because it's crazy cheaper then doing things in Zambia. People who have done safaris have loved it. - Nov 16, 2017
The weather is fantastic; people are warm and willing to talk; trips for safari viewing (though expensive) are can't-miss experiences. - Jan 4, 2017
The weather and the people. Both are awesome and can't be beat. - Jun 8, 2016
Visiting the elephant orphanage, walking with cheetahs, fishing on Lake Kariba, game drives in South Luangwa National Park (and having a whole pride of lions walk right through camp), visiting Victoria Falls. - May 17, 2016
Definitely camping. It is impossible to explain just how wonderful it is to be at a campfire listening to hyenas whooping and hearing hippos tearing at the grass just outside of the glow from your fire. Or how amazing it is to quietly move to your vehicle or tent as elephants decide to make your campsite home for a while. It's weird to realize you are more comfortable hearing lions at night than silence---because at least you can judge that they are probably distant enough if you 'must' leave your tent for a potty run. Sometimes it is both exhilarating and terrifying to camp in the bush, especially when we are often the only people around for miles and miles. It is an unforgettable experience and I doubt I will ever, anywhere, enjoy camping so much as I have in Zambia. Do consider it while you are here, even if you have never camped before. - Mar 3, 2015
Lots of families with young children. - Aug 22, 2014
Seeing Livingstone and the falls. Just realizing how "Africa light" this is has been a highlight. - Jan 29, 2014
Crossing the knife-edge bridge at Victoria Falls and getting drenched by "upside down" rain (the millions of gallons of water pound down with such force some of it shoots stright back up during the very highest flow of the Zambezi), seeing the many millions of bats leave their roosting site in Kasanka National Park in what may be the world's largest mammal migration, game drives when a curve in the trail reveals one of Africa's tremendous animals or gorgeous landscapes. - Apr 25, 2013
Seeing baby lions playing in a tree, riding my local horse at sunset with monkeys in the trees, walking through tall grass to see elephants and getting to know local Zambians. - Jul 9, 2010