Balloon Safaris

An activity that’s at the top of every safari-goers bucket list is a hot air balloon safari and Zambia arguably offers the very best in the continent. Soaring above the vast Busanga Plains in Northern Kafue offers unrivalled views of remote wilderness areas where very few have tread.

Kafue ballooning has it all and the best thing about it is the remoteness; not only are you the only balloon in the air, but the only vehicle you will spot below is the ground crew heading to meet you with a bottle of bubbly as you come in to land.

Look upon the scenic landscape of flood plains and diverse wildlife below whilst the birds fly past at eye level. Keep a close eye when passing nearby bushes, as zebra, wildebeest, sable and roan are a little shyer as they cross the open plains to the water pools. Lion are common on morning flights as they bask in the early morning sun to warm up after a cool evening. Jackal, hyena and oribi are seen in the taller grasses and even water mongoose and serval have been sighted regularly.

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Balloon Safari Locations

Kafue National Park

Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2.

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Game Drives

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Boat Safaris

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