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
Fall under the spell of three prime attractions in Zimbabwe and Zambia – Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park and the Mana Pools
per person9 days
Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever
per person11 days
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
per person8 days
Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as well as exciting activities in Zambia
per person7 days
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.
per person10 days
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.
per person10 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
per person7 days
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
per person5 days
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
per person9 days
Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with it's multi-cultural heritage and a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands, finally ending off at Victoria Falls from the Zambian side
per person10 days
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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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.
Hat, sunblock and sunglasses.
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
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…
The Islands of Siankaba luxury lodge is located on two private islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated between the…
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…
Island Lodge is the more private and exclusive of the two lodges at Royal Chundu. Located on Katambura private island, the lodge is…
Zambia's location on Google Maps
Frequently Asked Questions about Zambia
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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…
The arrangements of our trip were perfectly managed and made for a truly unforgettable experience. We can't thank you enough.
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…
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…
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.
from United Kingdom
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