Zambia’s remote, wilderness areas with there exclusive lodges and stunning flora and fauna are one of countries greatest attractions. Lower Zambezi canoe safaris are the perfect way to optimise the wilderness and a visit to Zambia wouldn’t be complete without a walking safari.
Lusaka and Livingstone, the countries most frequently visited towns have good tourist and coffee shops and a selection of restaurants. Nightlife is limited but still available.
Victoria Falls’ optional activities are vast and range from white water rafting and bungi jumping to rhino tracking. A houseboat on Lake Kariba provides the perfect mixture of relaxation and sport fishing.
With over 70 ethnic groups, Zambias culture, art and music is fascinatingly diverse.
Highlights & Places in Zambia
- Victoria Falls
- Zambezi River
- Lake Kariba
- Big 5 Safaris
The Zambezi, which demarks most of the southern border, is the place to go for adventure activities, fishing trips, canoe safaris houseboat holidays and of course Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Zambia has 19 National Parks, with South Luangwa in the north and Kafue, the second largest park in the world, being the most famous. These vast wilderness areas are home to abundant game and bird species, including many rare and endemics. The Busanga plains in northern Kafue are one of the most important wetland areas in Africa.
Livingstone, Zambia’s former administrative capital, is now the countries tourist centre. Here you’ll find a variety of accommodation, safari and adventure activities.
Best Time to Visit Zambia
When to Go
June and July are the coldest months yet daytime temperatures remain comfortable. Game viewing is at its best during the June to October dry season with the best time being October, which is also the hottest month.
The Dec to April rainy season is great for ornithologists. Victoria Falls are at their fullest in April at the end of the rainy season, but this isn’t the best time to view them as there is too much spray.
Getting There & Getting Around
Getting To Zambia
International flights can land at Lusaka, Livingstone, Chipata, Kasama, Mfuwe and Ndola. Livingstone caters for smaller planes, mainly from South Africa and neighbouring countries. Mfuwe airport near South Luangwa National Park has international flights from Malawi. All other tourist area airstrips are for domestic flights.
Tourist trains join Johannesburg to Livingstone. Normal train services connect Livingstone to Lusaka, and Lusaka to the countries northern towns and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
Getting Around Zambia
There are numerous air strips throughout the country serviced by a variety of charter airline companies and this is by far the quickest way to get about.
Coach services between Livingstone and Lusaka run daily and the road condition is good. Coach’s join Lusaka to Chirundu on the Zambezi river and Chipata near the Malawi border. All the main roads are tarmac, some with potholes. 21% of the countries roads are tarred.
Zambia Tips : Know Before You Go
ATMS are found throughout the country in all the major towns.
Forex bureaus are in all the tourist towns. Otherwise banks throughout the country change money.
International credit cards are accepted throughout the country. In the very remote areas there usage efficiency is intermittent.
Widely available throughout the towns, internet is more sporadic in the remoter areas.
All town and city water is chemically treated. Bottled water is available throughout towns.
Hospitals & Medical:
There are a good selection of hospitals and medical facilities throughout the towns. Mission hospitals operate in some of the more remoter areas.
Citizens of USA, Australia, New Zealand and all European countries - excluding Ireland - require visas. Single entry is US$50 and double entry US$70.
Zambia Accommodation: This page features 5 recommended places to stay in Zambia. View all 23 Zambia accommodation options.
Taita Falcon Lodge Batoka Gorge Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Taita Falcon Lodge offers luxury accommodation near Victoria Falls in Zambia.
Busanga Bush Camp Kafue National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Busanga Bush Camp is an intimate safari camp in the heart of the Busanga Plains in Zambia’s Kafue National Park.
Shumba Camp Kafue National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Shumba Camp is a small luxury safari camp on the Busanga Plains of Zambia’s Kafue National Park.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 1,783 pps Priced from ZAR 1,783 ppsCategory : Hotels
The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa is located close to one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world and Africa's adventure capital: Victoria Falls. The lodge comprises a colonial styled 4* haven of grandeur and royalty.
Islands of Siankaba Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 3,044 pps Priced from ZAR 3,044 ppsCategory : Tented Camps
This forested islands retreat offers luxurious accommodation raised on wooden platforms, an accomplished chef and guides offer numerous daily activities. Being located on islands, this lodge allows guests to fully experience the magnificent Zambezi river. The very small and intimate amount of chalets allows lodge staff to give the best quality of service to every client even tailor making unique itineraries for everyone.
The Royal Livingstone Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Priced from ZAR 3,932 pps Priced from ZAR 3,932 ppsCategory : Hotels
View wildlife, birdlife and the iconic Victoria Falls at the Royal Livingstone, Zambia's premier safari destination.
Thorntree River Lodge Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Priced from ZAR 2,292 pps Priced from ZAR 2,292 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Thorntree River Lodge offers stimulating wildlife adventures: up-close and personal encounters with wildlife, the likes of elephants and hippopotamus, to name a select few. Situated in Zambia on the cusp of the Zambezi River, the wild of Africa is sure to beckon.
Toka Leya Camp Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Toka Leya Camp is ideally situated for a luxurious and Victoria Falls bush camp experience, with the opportunity to enjoy nature walks, river cruises, fishing in the Zambezi river and game viewing safaris right on your doorstep.
Royal Chundu Livingstone and Victoria Falls Price On RequestCategory :
Royal Chundu consists of two luxury safari lodges, and is situated on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 2,758 pps Priced from ZAR 2,758 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, and is built into the canopy of ebony trees and lies on a spectacular bend on the fast flowing Zambezi River.
Sindabezi Island Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 3,080 pps Priced from ZAR 3,080 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
During the day, there are a large number of activities which can be enjoyed at Victoria Falls before heading back to the camp's tranquil haven. This down-to-earth establishment is modestly proud of its achievement of grabbing the title of one of the top 10 eco lodges in Africa, thanks to Fodor’s.
The River Club Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 3,796 pps Priced from ZAR 3,796 ppsCategory : Hotels
Enjoy rest and relaxation along with easy access to Victoria Falls from the comfort of the River Club lodge.
Tongabezi Livingstone and Victoria Falls Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Tongabezi offers a prime location to be perfectly nestled within nature, away from the buzz of city life. With game drives, bush walks and boating trips all included in the pric, guests can do as much or as little as they please. Tongabezi is the place where romance and exclusivity meet with warm and attentive service.
Zambezi Sun Livingstone and Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 2,174 pps Priced from ZAR 2,174 ppsCategory : Hotels
Visit the world-famous landmark of Victoria Falls, and see game at Mosi-Oa-Tunya Wildlife Park, all from the comfort and luxury of Zambezi Sun in Livingstone, Zambia.
Chiawa Camp Lower Zambezi National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Chiawa Camp provides luxury safari accommodation in the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia.
Old Mondoro Lower Zambezi National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Old Mondoro is a luxury safari camp in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, ensuring an intimate safari experience.
Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp Lower Zambezi National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp is an authentic luxury safari camp situated on the Lower Zambezi River in Zambia.
Kalamu Lagoon Camp South Luangwa National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Kalamu Lagoon Camp is a luxury safari camp situated in the Luamfa Concession of Zambia’s South Luangwe National Park.
Nkwali Camp South Luangwa National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Home of walking safaris! Enjoy great game viewing all year from a small and intimate camp, offering a highly personalised experience.
Nsefu Camp South Luangwa National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Nsefu Camp is a safari camp situated in the South Luangwe National Park of Zambia.
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge South Luangwa National Park Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge is situated within the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp South Luangwa National Park Priced from ZAR 2,686 pps Priced from ZAR 2,686 ppsCategory : Safari Lodges
The various wildlife along the Dambo offers amazing opportunities for photography and in the evenings guest may relax while having dinner with african music laying lightly in the background. Night game drives provide gorgeous sightings of nocturnal animals in the South Luangwa National Park such as elephants, lions, buffalos and a wide variety of antelope, giraffes and last but not least, leopards. Puku Ridge Camp is an intimate camp that blends into the bush, offering seven luxury oversized tents, each with a wrap around view of the floodplains. The tents are comfortably furnished and display en-suite facilities which provide the option of taking a shower with the sun on your shoulders. All the tents feature mosquito nets, a private deck, ceiling fan and hairdryer.
Tena Tena Camp South Luangwa National Park Price On RequestCategory : Tented Camps
Tena Tena Camp is a small, intimate safari camp in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
Zambia Tours: This page features 2 package tours that visit Zambia. View all 2 Zambia tours and safaris.
Great Wilderness Journey And Victoria Falls Priced from ZAR 54,435 pp Priced from ZAR 54,435 ppCategory : Safaris
11 days in Botswana, Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Okavango Delta
Explore and experience Botswana's scenic northern areas: From the lush Okavango Delta to the game-rich Linyanti and Chobe, ending this tour with the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side.
South Luangwa Walking Safari Price On RequestCategory : Safaris
11 days in South Luangwa National Park
Follow the Mupamadzi River in the South Luangwa National Park on this 4 to 5 day walking safari and experience the best of Zambia.