Zambia – landlocked on a vast plateau in south-central Africa, Zambia has a few remote national parks that see fewer tourists than those in neighbouring countries, such as the Okavango Delta and Chobe in Botswana and the Serengeti in Tanzania. This is due partly to their remoteness, although transport links have improved in recent years, but largely because Zambia has a short safari season (April to October but with some camps only opening annually in June) between the heavy annual rains. The best known of these is South Luangwa National Park, some 300 miles north-east of Lusaka. The park has a wide variety of prey species supporting high numbers of leopard as well as about 850 lions.
The less well known Kafue National Park to the west of Lusaka, contains the seasonally flooded wetlands known as the Busanga Plains, which supports a wide diversity of game and good numbers of lion some of which, like those at Lake Manyara NP in Tanzania, climb trees.