Sharing the beauty of the Victoria Falls with its neighboring country Zimbabwe, Zambia is also an exciting safari destination. Rich in animals yet less commercial it offers visitors a rare look back into the days of Livingstone and other fearless travellers.
From the Luangwa Valley to the Lower Zambezi National Park, try a safari with a difference. A night drive, a canoeing safari or a walking safari through the African bush gives you a whole new perspective. And you are almost guaranteed spectacular daily sunsets!
WHEN TO GO
The best time for game viewing in Zambia is during the Dry season.
May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. From October to mid-November prior to the onset of rain are quite hot in both Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys with temperatures sitting in the mid-40s. if you can handle that the game viewing is spectacular.
During the Wet season, from November to April, dirt roads in the parks can become impassable and most parks and camps close.
Few international airlines are flying direct to Lusaka otherwise you will go via Johannesburg for a connecting flight to Livingstone or Ndola. We offer mainly fly-inn packages since self-driving requires a fair amount of time to get places as well as a good knowledge of driving in Africa.
Aside from the majestic Victoria Falls, Zambia has more natural water resources than any other southern African country. About 30% of Zambia is reserved for wildlife. The many National Parks offer great opportunities: South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi rank among the finest game parks in the World.
A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are travelling from an infected area. Malaria is virulent in the low-lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations. We do recommend you visit a travel health clinic to make sure your standard travel vaccinations are up to date.
Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. In the more remote areas always boil it first, except if you’re staying at a lodge or hotel where drinking water is boiled already. Bottled water is readily available in the bigger towns
English (official), Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, Tonga – but there are over 70 distinct languages and even more dialects within Zambia
1 Kwacha = 100 ngwee
A passport valid for six months beyond the end of your intended stay, with at least two blank pages, is required.
Most visitors to Zambia, including French, British, Australian, and Canadian citizens, will need to get a visa at an embassy beforehand or at the port of entry upon their arrival. Visa fees can vary from USD40 to USD100.
TIPS & TIPPING
Most lodges have got a tip box for the staff of the lodge which get distributed evenly. The ranger gets his own tips since he spends an average of 8 hours with the client. About USD5 to USD10 per day per person for staff & ranger would be a good start.
We pride ourselves on creating personalised tours that cater for particular interests, tastes, needs and budgets. We do, however, recommend certain itineraries above others as some routes, hotels and destinations are simply better than the alternatives.