Celebrating a Zambian Conservation Hero

On Thursday 10 December, Game Rangers International (GRI) hosted a celebration to honour the achievements of Cosmas Mumba, the Project Manager of GRI – Zambia Primate Project. As the first ever Zambian, Cosmas was recently nominated to the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award, supported by HRH Prince William. Cosmas attended the …

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Revisiting the Zambia hunting debate in light of Cecil’s slaughter

The sad and, more importantly, unlawful killing of one of Africa’s best-known lions, Cecil, in neighbouring Zimbabwe has taken social media by storm in the last few days and has done serious damage to the “cause” of the pro trophy hunting community. But while Cecil’s death has prompted considerable reevaluation …

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Zambia Tourism Board to widen its reach

ZAMBIA Tourism Board (ZTB) says it has started diversifying its marketing strategies to tap the growing market like India and other Asian countries. ZTB managing director Felix Chaila said Zambia has been receiving tourists from India but they come through South Africa as add-ons to view the Victoria Falls. “Three …

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Lifting the big cat hunting ban: Some thoughts and a call

Disclaimer: Zambiatourism.com is privately-owned and managed by Biggestleaf and Africa Insites. The views expressed in this post are those of the writer alone. On the 15th of May, Zambian Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata, announced that a two year ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats in …

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From London to the Luangwa Valley

From the moment I landed at Mfuwe airport back on holiday in 2012, I knew this was a special place. Having never stepped foot in Africa before, jumping in the open game viewer, enjoying the sights and sounds of the villages en route to the Park was a dream come …

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Walking With Lions: Con or Conservation? Further Thoughts

Some of you may have seen my post late last year questioning the ethics of “lion walks” on the Zambian side of Vic Falls in the face of growing allegations, concerns and criticism from former employees, volunteers, journalists and conservationists. My post also bore the news that conversation with Zambia …

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Walking With Lions: Con Or Conservation?

I must admit that before my latest visit to Zambia, I didn’t know that much about “lion walks”, lion “cub-petting” and other similar “animal encounter” activities, either in Zambia or here at home in South Africa. But from the little I did know, something didn’t seem right to me. I’ve …

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A Special Visit to Project Luangwa

Whenever possible, I like to be a responsible traveller. I feel it’s an important part of modern tourism and a way for me to make my “gallivanting” (as my father calls it) a less selfish and superficial pursuit. Before visiting a country, I try to read up as much as …

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On the Road with Zambia Tourism VI: Liuwa Plains

With our trip into it’s final week, we made our way south-west towards Liuwa Plains. Some locals we had got talking to in Mayukuyuku Camp back in Kafue had told us the trip would take us 4 hours or so. After the last month or so in Zambia, 4 hours …

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On the Road with Zambia Tourism V: Kafue and Mayukuyuku Camp

After a brief stopover in Kasanka National Park for the start of the bat migration and a few days in the city of Ndola to refuel, restock, recuperate, send some teammates home and collect some others flying in to join the trip, we gradually made our way towards Kafue National …

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On the Road with Zambia Tourism II: Lower Zambezi

In many ways, I think all of us in the team for this trip felt that as soon as we left the Vic Falls area that was when our Zambia adventure would really begin. And what a few days it’s been. We hit the road from Livingstone early and made …

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On the Road with Zambia Tourism 1: Mosi-oa-Tunya

A couple of weeks ago Zambia Tourism published a news post regarding our “epic” tour through Zambia. Well, after a week in Botswana en route we’ve now set up camp in Livingstone, our first stop in Zambia. We will be posting a number of trip reports and updates with accompanying …

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