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Zambia safaris, tours & holiday packages

Africa's purest safari destination

This landlocked country, though lacking in topographic variety, is a truly extraordinary safari destination, boasting several fine national parks complemented by the soaking spectacle that is Victoria Falls

What distinguishes Zambia's best national parks are their overwhelming wilderness character and non-nannying safari style. Sadly, the country’s largest national park, Kafue, has been poached to a shadow of its former self. But not so the more easterly Luangwa Valley, which supports a trio of superb national parks (South Luangwa, North Luangwa and Luambe), with a combined extent of 14,000 square kilometres.

At Luangwa, the emphasis is on walking safaris, ranging from relaxed half-day bush rambles to multi-day hikes between several fly-camps. Night drives here are exceptional too, coming with a high chance of quality leopard sightings, and other conspicuous wildlife includes lion, buffalo, elephant, zebra and giraffe.

Popular Zambia safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Zambian Odyssey - Safari to Three National Parks

Go on safari to three Zambian national parks, including the flagship South Luangwa, and end in style with a visit to the remarkable Victoria Falls

$ 5,870

£ 4,477

R 80,657

5,095

per person

8 days

Botswana Luxury Safari and Victoria Falls

Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as well as exciting activities in Zambia

$ 4,500

£ 3,432

R 61,832

3,906

per person

7 days

Safari in Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta (SA 7 days)

This three-in-one journey will show you the majestic Victoria Falls, the massive elephant bulls of Chobe and the natural wonder that is the Okavango Delta

$ 4,730

£ 3,608

R 64,993

4,106

per person

7 days

Cape Town, Kruger and Vic Falls Deluxe Honeymoon

Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever

$ 5,931

£ 4,524

R 81,490

5,148

per person

11 days

10-day wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Experience the best of the migration and wildlife in Kenya, then travel to Zambia to witness Victoria Falls, ending your adventure at Hwange National Park.

$ 5,785

£ 4,413

R 79,489

5,022

per person

10 days

South Africa and Zambia honeymoon

Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with multi-cultural mixture and Big Five - also encounter the Livington Victoria Falls

$ 4,703

£ 3,587

R 64,620

4,082

per person

10 days

Affordable Vic Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools

Fall under the spell of three prime attractions in Zimbabwe and Zambia – Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools 

$ 6,725

£ 5,129

R 92,405

5,838

per person

9 days

Quick and affordable Victoria Falls & Chobe experience

Visit Livingstone, Zambia, to marvel at the Victoria Falls – or 'the smoke that thunders' – before going on safari and a river cruise in Botswana's Chobe National Park

$ 1,896

£ 1,446

R 26,052

1,646

per person

5 days

Best of Zambia Luxury Safari

Combine water and wildlife in a journey that takes you from the Victoria Falls to Kafue and South Luangwa national parks – Zambia at its best

$ 7,745

£ 5,908

R 106,420

6,723

per person

9 days

Best of Zambia Safari

With some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent, and a remarkably low population in a massive country, Zambia has an aura of mystery waiting to be uncovered.

$ 5,755

£ 4,390

R 79,077

4,996

per person

10 days
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Philip Briggs says

All Zambia's national parks are worthwhile, but for me canoeing on the Lower Zambezi – past grunting hippos, trumpeting elephants and staring lions – ranks among Africa's greatest travel experiences, and is well worth setting aside a few days for.

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Introduction

Another superb national park is the rather undeveloped 4,000-square-kilometre Lower Zambezi, whose main attraction is multi-day canoe safaris along a stretch of the Zambezi River that teems with hippos, elephants, buffaloes and a thrilling variety of birds. Another highlight for birders, the marshy Lake Bangweulu in northern Zambia is the best place in southern Africa to see the eagerly sought swamp-dwelling shoebill.

Tucked away in the remote northwest of the country is little-visited Liuwa Plains National Park, set on the treeless and seasonally inundated floodplain of the upper Zambezi. Liuwa is renowned for its annual migration of around 50,000 wildebeest, a spectacle that usually occurs every November and is second only to the famous Serengeti migration.

There's no better place to end a Zambian safari than the 1.7-kilometre-wide, 100-metre-deep Victoria Falls, which many would regard as the single most thrilling natural landmark in Africa. Bordering Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls also boasts some good wildlife viewing, while a host of adventure activities includes canoe safaris upriver of the waterfall, white-water rafting in the gorge below it, and the 110-metre bungee jump from the bridge facing it.

Know before you go

​Zambia has two major airports, namely Livingstone (LVI) and Lusaka (LUN).

There are also various domestic airlines to connect all the major towns and safari destinations to other destinations in Africa.

Connecting between flights may need various modes of transport, it’s advised to note the inclusions and exclusions when booking your holiday.

It’s best to consult your physician about 6 weeks prior to departure to ensure that you compy with your country’s vaccinations for Zambia.

Zambia is a malari area and preventative meds will be needed before, during and after, especially during the rainy season from October to May.

Apply insect repllant to exposed skin while travelling in Zambia.

Wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants at dawn and dusk.

Consider travel insurance.

Make several copies of your travel documents - leave a set at home and bring a set with you and place it in a location separate from your originals.

We recommend using US Dollars as currency in Zambia. You can convert currency prior to departing, but VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country. Important to note is that when bringing foreign currency, be sure to bring the new format with no damage or marks.

The most prevalent wildlife species in Zambia include giraffe, hippo, lion, leaopard, hyena, buffalo and warthog. Rhino and elephant sightings are rare.

When to go

The peak season and traditionally the most ideal time of the year to visit Zambia is from June to October when the temperatures are relatively mild with clear, sunny skies. The coldest months are June and July but as the season progresses it heats up and October is considered to be HOT.

November, April and May are the ‘shoulder season’ months in Zambia. The rains haven’t quite started in November and in April/May it’s pretty dry. Game viewing during this period is still good and is a good time of the year for budget-conscious travellers.

December sees the rains starting, through to March and April. This is actually a great time of the year to visit Zambia because it’s lush and green with no dust in sight (a photographer’s dream).

What to pack

​Conservative, comfy clothes.

No camouflage clothing that could be mistaken for military gear (this is the rule of thumb for travel throughout Southern Africa).

No revealing clothing.

Lightweight waterproof jacket.

Comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Flip-flops.

Swimming costume.

Hat, sunblock and sunglasses.

Toiletries.

Small torch and binoculars.

Spare batteries and charging equipment.

Good insect repellant.

Weather and Climate

There are two main seasons in Zambia - the rainy season in November to April and the dry season (May to October/November) corresponding to winter. The dry season is subdivided into the cool dry season (May to August) and the hot dry season (September to October/November).

Safari / Holiday Styles

​Safari-style holiday with a taste of adventure.

Where to stay

Our Recommended Accommodation

Main Deck Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Located at the site of the old Ana Tree Lodge, The Anabezi Camp has been been built on the foundations of a historical camp which has stood…


Islands of Siankaba - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Islands of Siankaba, Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the…


Panorama view of Royal Chundu River Lodge, Zambezi River, Zambia

Royal Chundu River Lodge, Zambezi River, Zambia

River Lodge is the main hub at Royal Chundu and the larger of the two lodges. There are 10 magnificent and spacious river-front suites at…


Royal Chundu Island Lodge suite view from the outside, Accomodation, Zambia

Royal Chundu Island Lodge, Katombora Island, Zambia

Island Lodge is the more private and exclusive of the two lodges at Royal Chundu. Located on Katambura private island, the lodge is…


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Frequently Asked Questions about Zambia

Do I need any vaccinations when entering Zambia?

According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, you should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel - such as Routine vaccines that make sure you are… go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

What kind of selection of luxury bush camps and game lodges are there in Southern Africa?

Southern Africa is a hot wildlife destination. Hence there is a world of luxury bush camps, lodges and Eco friendly tourist establishments in the heart of wildlife heaven. go there.

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Reviews on our Zambia safaris

I found Discover Africa to be first class. All my questions were answered quickly and sensibly. Megan, with whom I dealt throughout, was helpful and patient and responded to any questions or queries I had rapidly and efficiently. The price…

Colin Duncan

The arrangements of our trip were perfectly managed and made for a truly unforgettable experience. We can't thank you enough.

Asit

Working with Megan from Discover Africa to set up our safari was a breeze. She managed to get us to all of the locations we wanted to get to and the camps we wanted to visit. She was incredibly responsive and helped us with any questions or…

Jon Nafziger

from United States of America

We have just returned from our 3rd African safari, this time as far north as Zambia and had an amazing time. It was everything we expected and more. The scenery was beautiful and the wildlife spectacular and the kids loved every minute of…

Howes Family

from New Zealand

Just a quick note to thank Discover Africa for their services during our recent trip to Zambia. The arrangements went like clockwork.

Robert Hibbert

from United Kingdom

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