Safari Guide to Zambia
Zambia in Brief
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!
- 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.
- 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)
Arriving in Zambia
- 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
- 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.
- 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 >>
- Check all details before you travel Zambia Visas >>
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