Map for planning your Zambia Tour
Zambia is roughly the size of France and is a
landlocked country. Zambia offers travelers some of the
world's best safari opportunities and Victoria Falls,
one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
Zambian safaris offer top quality viewing experiences
with the continent's top guides. Zambia's national parks
* Victoria Falls — one of the world's largest waterfalls
* Kafue National Park - in the Kafue River Basin of
Zambia, it is one of the largest parks in the country
* Lower Zambezi National Park - lies across from Mana
Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe and 100 km downstream of the
Victoria Falls. The park contains a wide variety of
* South Luangwa National Park - centered around the
Luangwa River and is home to one of Africa's largest
concentrations of wildlife with immense density of
wildlife and limited visitor numbers
Thanks to its landlocked and elevated position it does
have distinct seasons:
Dry season — May to August. The coolest time of the
year, with temperatures 24-28°C during the day and
probably the best time of year to visit Zambia for
birdwatching, to see Vic Falls at their biggest and for
Hot season — September to November. Temperatures rocket
up to 38-42°C. It's a good time for safaris as wildlife
clusters around the few remaining watering holes.
Wet season — December to April. Temperatures cool down
to 32°C or so and, true to the name, there is a lot of
rain — sometimes just an hour or two, sometimes for days
on end. Unsealed roads become impassable muddy
nightmares, and many safari lodges close.
English (official), major vernaculars - Bemba, Kaonda,
Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about 70 other
220V; 3-point (UK) plugs
Zambian visa policy is difficult to comprehend as there
is a bewildering number of rules on who needs visas,
whether to get it on arrival and how much to pay. And
local border posts also apply their own interpretations.
Please check with the nearest Zambian embassy for the
Drinking tap water in the cities is potentially risky.
Stick with bottled water.
Cell phone coverage particularly in cities is good. If
you plan on roaming with your non-Zambian SIM, check
first to see if your home operator has made any roaming
agreements. Also note that coverage in rural areas can
The HIV infection rate among adults is extremely high.
Zambia is a highly malarial country. Especially at dusk,
you should make every effort to cover exposed skin with
clothing or insect repellent. In addition, using
malarial prophylaxis is highly recommended.
Many countries (including South Africa) insist on a yellow fever
vaccination certificate if you've been traveling to
The official currency is the Kwacha. Dollars are still
commonly used for larger purchases (although it's
Some shops and restaurants might accept debit or credit
cards, as do practically all high-end hotels and safari
lodges, but surcharges of 5-10% are common. ATMs may be
found in major cities, but you should not depend on them
to be functional. Most of the ATM's accept only Visa.
Other international credit cards are generally a
Traveler's cheques are difficult to process in Zambia.
Zambia is large and distances are long. Zambia's main
international gateway is Lusaka. Livingstone, near
Victoria Falls, and Mfuwe, near South Luangwa National
Park, have small international airports serving regional
Car rental agencies exist in Zambia, but the costs are
potentially great. Not only are rental rates high but
many of the roads in Zambia are in very poor condition.
Minibuses are popular, but they are often irregular,
dangerous, and uncomfortable. More sophisticated luxury
coach transport is also available and is more reliable
and safer; they depart on-time; they have dedicated
space for guests and luggage; and tickets may be
purchased in advance.