The Hidden Gems of the Northern Region

Northern Zambia calls out to the SEASONED TRAVELLER longing for a more meaningful and self exploratory adventure into the heart of Africa.

Those who have ventured through the dense, fertile forests and grasslands, stood in awe of the gushing waterfalls and endless skies and felt the heartbeat of the rural villages dotted along the copper earth will tell you that this region is one of the best kept secrets in Zambia with UNEXPECTED BEAUTY wherever you turn. Northern Zambia is home to some UNIQUE WILDLIFE, PHENOMENAL BIRDING and even the largest mammal migration on earth. It is a rich tapestry of culture, wildlife and wilderness where even Livingstone fell in love with the beauty of this area and found his final resting place.

Where to visit within the region

The gems of this region are listed below. Click the thumbnail for more info

Travel Diary

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Routes through the Northern Region of Zambia

The Northern region route would typically begin in Lusaka.
This route is passable year round and for the most part offers travellers easy access to its various destinations.

Leaving Lusaka and heading North East on the Great North Road, there are many hidden highlights along this route. From beautiful waterfalls and cave art, there’s a surprise around every corner if you know where to look. where to look.

Following the Great North Road you will pass through Kabwe on to Kapiri Mposhi. Pass through Kapiri and after about 4 kms turn right towards Mpika and Tanzania. If you would like an overnight stop to break this trip, Forest Inn between Kapiri Mposhi and Mkushi is a convenient resting place.

Passing the Mkushi turn-off, you will reach the Serenje turn-off, clearly visible with a Lake Petroleum and Serenje Gas Pad. It is recommended to fill your tanks here as fuel stops can be scarce along this route. Continue on the main road for 36km until you will find a tarred road on your left signed to ‘Mansa’.

If you are heading to Kasanka, turn left here, and continue for 55km, at which point you will see a large sign to Kasanka and the park gate on your left side. Otherwise if you continue on the Great North Road you will find all the other destinations scattered along this route with easy to spot signage and directions.