Affordable Zambia safari

Zambia offers the best value for money in its midrange and more luxurious deals, with all-inclusive safaris often significantly cheaper than equivalent packages elsewhere in Africa. Equivalence is difficult to measure of course, but the quality and exclusivity of Zambia’s midrange camps and lodges is hard to beat. All-inclusive safaris are also the easiest way to see Zambia’s most pristine wilderness areas and enjoy some of the best wildlife-viewing conditions in Southern Africa.

At the lower end of the price range, you’ll find short, fully-catered camping safaris from between $175 and $200 a day, providing you’re willing to join a group. Tours usually run from Lusaka or Livingstone with a few days in Kafue and/or one of the other nearby parks. Short safaris like this can be an excellent add-on to a more budget-conscious holiday, while longer, fully-catered safaris are also available from $1200 to $1800 a week depending on the number of lodge nights and activities included. Self-catering, private houses are also an option, usually located in wonderful game-viewing areas. Prices can vary wildly, however – anything from $400 to $4000 a night. This can still represent good value for families and groups of six or more, although food and wildlife activities are usually not included.

More exclusive, private safari packages start at around $350 a day and these will probably also include a few nights of comfortable, full-catered camping. Budget $450 to $600 a day for private, all-inclusive lodge or tented camp deals, and in this bracket, you can expect very high-quality guiding, exclusive, pristine wilderness areas and lodge and tented camp accommodation at near-luxury standards.


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Zambia has a number of superb luxury tented camps and lodges, located in some of the most remote, unspoiled wildlife areas in Africa. Private, all-inclusive luxury packages are available from between $600 and $1200 a day, which is good value compared with luxury safaris in Botswana and South Africa. At the lower end of this rather wide price range, the quality is still of a very high standard and it’s this, along with its exceptional wildlife and relatively quiet national parks,…

Budget Zambia safari

Zambia offers excellent value on exclusive safaris and wildlife activities, but budget travelers will struggle to make the most of what’s available. In part this is because many of Zambia’s best wilderness areas are extremely hard to reach, with wonderfully isolated lodges that are therefore also very expensive to run. Just getting to these areas can hit the budget hard, with long 4x4 transfers or charter flights required. Staying close to Livingston and/or Lusaka will reduce…

Why go to Zambia

Although not entirely unique to Zambia, the country stands apart from others in the region in that the majority of its lodges and bush camps are owner-run. This tends to create a more personal experience – a homely kind of service that draws people back again and again. There are a number of luxury lodges to choose from, but also a good selection of smaller, eco-conscious operators. These offer low-density tourism at a slight premium, but with the benefit of having the spectacular,…


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