The exhilaration of walking through the same land as the big game cannot be overstated and you gain a better understanding of the intricacies and nuances of tracking animals in the wild. Night drives are equally thrilling, as you set off in your safari vehicle under cover of blankets to see what nocturnal beasts await you. You soon realise that night is the domain of the hunter, as encounters with lions, leopards stalking and hyenas scavenging, eyes eerily a-glow, keep you on the edge of your seat.
Wildlife conservation efforts have increased greatly, with national parks and Game Management Areas (GMA) working closely with local communities to eradicate hunting and promote wildlife and interaction with communities. Examples such as Kawaza Village cultural visit and school demonstrate how tourism can enhance the local communities, which has a profound impact on the conservation of the wildlife in the area.
With over 740 species of bird recorded, Zambia is also well known by ornithologists, particularly in the Central African Plateau where woodlands and the wet evergreen forests of the north are perfect habitats for an astonishing array of birdlife.
Concentrate on the smaller things you might not notice in a vehicle. Track animals by their footprints or their dung, and marvel at the skills of your knowledgeable guide.