Since the beginning of 2009, I have been living and working in Zambia's Luangwa Valley. Every day I have seen and experienced extraodinary things; in fact, as I began writing this, I was distracted by a baboon giving birth outside my window. Special as this sighting is, it should come as no surprise; the South Luangwa National Park is well known as one of the best wildlife reserves anywhere on Earth. Below are links to a few of the organisations who work to conserve this pristine ecosystem, ensuring that it remains this way.

If you wish to visit, I suggest Flatdogs Camp, a friendly, affordable Safari Lodge on the banks of the Luangwa River. With a low-impact approach to camp building - and no fences - the wildlife is free to move through and feed at will. You will find hippos wandering past your tent in the evenings, monkeys and baboons foraging by day and elephants coming to your chalet window as you brush your teeth in the morning. Added to which, the camp is just one kilometre from the park gate, so you are just 5 minutes' drive from exceptional driving and walking safaris.