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Overview

A landlocked country in southern Africa, Zambia is endowed with rich forests, meandering rivers and a wealth of wildlife, as well as being home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls stretching along the border with neighbouring Zimbabwe. With its superb wildlife encounters, friendly people and spectacular scenery, as well as memorable highlights like walking safaris and night drives, Zambia really does offer a taste of the real Africa.

With vast tracts of remote wilderness and few tourists, a visit to Zambia offers genuine adventure. High quality guides will share their knowledge on game drives, night drives, walking and canoe safaris. A canoe safari on the Zambezi is not to be missed by the more adventurous and to really get under the skin of this lush land opt for a walking safari They were pioneered here so you're in the hands of the very best and most experienced walking guides - and there's no better feeling than coming within metres of big game on foot!

A world-renowned wildlife haven, South Luangwa National Park, in the eastern part of Zambia, is a fantastic option for walking safaris and is home to herds of elephants, buffalo, Thornicroft's giraffe and endemic species of zebra and wildebeest. It's a leopard hot spot with night game drives making the chance of seeing one good. Around the Luangwa River wildlife populations are among the highest in Africa with wallowing hippos, bathing elephants and plenty of crocodiles.

Off the beaten track, the little-visited Kafue National Park is enormous, with thriving herds on the plains including the majestic sable, stalked by lion, leopard and wild dog. Kasanka National Park sees the incredible spectacle of 10 million fruit bats migrating in Nov/Dec while in Liuwa Plains witness Africa's second largest wildebeest migrationa - a spectacle which offers visitors the chance to see uncountable numbers of animals on the move. Liuwa Plains iis located in one of the country's most remote areas so it's a great off-the-beaten-track choice for those wanting something a little less well-trodden. It's also an important home for more than 330 different species of birds, as well as famous predators such as the lion, wild dog and spotted hyena.

It's in the Lower Zambezi National Park where a canoe safari is a exhilarating option as well as boating and fishing, all within beautiful riverine surroundings - there's nothing quite like quietly paddling past a large elephant herd on ther river's edge. The town of Livingstone is the gateway to the magnificent Victoria Falls, offering adrenalin-packed activities such as white water rafting, bungy jumping and helicopter flights over the Falls to more genteel boat cruises and sundowners on the river.

 

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Quick Facts - Zambia

Travel Seasons

  • Jul-Oct - High Season. Dry season and prime wildlife viewing with less vegetation and animals reliant on permanent water sources. During the winter months of Jun-Aug it's cold in the mornings and evenings.
  • Nov-Mar - Low Season. Wet season, many safari camps are closed and some areas are inaccessible by vehicle. Fruit bat migration (Nov), wildebeest migration (Nov-Dec) and a great time for birding. The landscape is at it's most dramatic, lush and green - known at the Emerald Season. In March the Victoria Falls are at their fullest with huge amounts of spray in the air. This is a great value time to travel.
  • Apr-Jun - Shoulder Season. Many of the camps re-open, game viewing can be challenging with long grass and trees in leaf, but the landscape is vibrant - an underrated but beautiful time to visit. 


General Information

  • Currency - Zambian Kwacha, but US Dollars are widely accepted
  • Languages - English, Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, Tonga
  • Size - 752,600 sq km - about three times the size of the United Kingdom
  • Population - 16.59 million (2016)


Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:

  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for Zambia: hepatitis A and typhoid. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date.

  • Malaria is present in Zambia - get medical advice on which prophylaxis to take.

  • It is best to stick to drinking bottled water.


Tourist Information

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Outstanding National Parks - 30% of the Zambia's land has been allocated to national parks,
  • Specialist safari areas such as Bangweulu Swamps and Kasanka 
  • World class guiding - renowned for walking safaris
  • Eco bushcamps and lodges
  • Home of the Victoria Falls
  • Low visitor numbers
  • Great for families

Cons

  • Prices can be quite high especially access to national parks, at luxury lodges and with charter flight transfers
  • High season availability 

Travel Info

Arriving in Zamiba

  • The main arrival airports are Lusaka and Livingstone, often via the regional hub of Johannesburg.
  • Some visitors fly into Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe, from here it is a short road transfer across the border into Zambia.

If you are self-driving then you can cross the border from:

  • Botswana at Kazungula (on the car ferry)
  • Zimbabwe at Kasane
  • Namibia at Katima Mulilo

Getting Around

  • There are a number of local airports from which light aircraft fly into safari areas, including Ndola, Mfuwe, Livingstone and Solwezi. Light aircraft are often the only way to access remote safari areas. 

Visas

  • Tourist visas are required by many nationalities and are available at major borders and airports or in advance via the E-visa >> 
  • If you are visiting Zambia and Zimbabwe, there is a joint visa for both countries available at all major ports of entry into Zambia and Zimbabwe - find out more here >>
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