Luxury Safaris in The North East
This region of the country may not be the first, second or even third choice of many travellers coming here, due to the popularity of the parks and reserves of the south and south-east. Nonetheless for those that want to experience and encounter the ‘real’ Zambia, the North East holds some rare historical and natural treasures, and is where the famous Dr Livingstone avidly explored and eventually ended his days.
The highlights of the area are the Bangweulu Wetlands, the Kasanka and North Luangwa National Parks, the Kapishya Hot Springs, Mutinondo Wilderness and Stewart Gore-Browne’s colonial house, estate and now historic hotel of Shiwa Ng’andu.
What to do
- Game walks and drives
- Bird watching
- Horse riding
- Hikes and walks
- Excursions to colonial and historical landmarks, such as Dr David Livingstone's Memorial at Nachipala Hill
Lodges and camps in the North East
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Shiwa Ng’andu EstateLocated in fairly wild and remote area of north-eastern Zambia, where the Great Rift Valley tails off, and amongst 22,000-acres of private wildlife sits this very comely English manor and landscape gardens that seem straight out of the home counties. This is the estate and manor house built in 1914 by the Englishman Sir Stewart Gore-Browne. He bought the land and lake (already named Shiwa Ng’andu meaning Lake of the Royal Crocodiles) from a local chief, building himself almost a ‘little England’; in the Zambian bush and a large farming estate to sustain itself (it once had a school, hospital and the workers cottages are still there). Gore-Browne became a prominent figure in both the colonial administration of Africa and in Zambian history (he was mentor to Zambia’s first president in 1966), helping to effect a very smooth and peaceful transition of independence for this country. Today the red brick gatehouse with clock tower, Tuscan courtyard, stables, library, heavy wood furniture, tapestries, paintings and rugs echo its inception as an English stately manor house and been kept as such, converted to a hotel (currently run by Sir Stewart’s eldest grandson Charlie and his wife Jo) giving guests who stay here both a very unique, historical and comfortable stay. The delicious food served here at Shiwa comes straight off the farm, and taking high tea on the lakeshore is a must. Still very much a working farm, there is plenty of game, wildlife, adventure and historical activities keep you both busy and entertained at Shiwa make it well worth the journey here.