Zambia

Home to emerald green national parks with abundant crocodile, elephant and hippo populations and spirited, village communities holding centuries of traditional wisdom, it's Mother Nature's 'Smoke that Thunders' (known as Victoria Falls to most) that steals the show as Zambia's standout attraction. Adrenaline-charged sports, markets full of tribal mementos and thrilling safari adventures play worthy supporting roles to Victoria Falls show-stopping spectacle.

Zambia Tours & Travel

All our Zambia trips

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Explore the wilds of Africa on this action-packed adventure from the busy streets of Nairobi to the sweeping plains...
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Travel from thundering Victoria Falls to the fragrant spice plantations of Zanzibar through the wilds of Africa.
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Experience the exhilarating wild of Africa as you travel from Victoria Falls through Harare, Bulawayo, Lake Malawi...
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Jump aboard this epic tour from Cape Town to Nairobi. From safaris in Tanzania and Kenya to gorilla trekking in...
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Articles on Zambia

This is Africa: an Okavango experience

Posted on Fri, 4 Mar 2011

"Up and packed before the dawn, we soon leave Jo’burg behind. And then it’s Africa, here we come, to see what we can find..."

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About Zambia

At a glance

Capital city: Lusaka (population 1.3 million)
Population: 13.4 million
Language: English, Bemba
Currency: ZMK
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +260

Best time to visit Zambia

August, September and October are some of the best months to spot wildlife, though the days heat up towards the end of this period, especially in the national parks. For cooler weather and greener landscapes, May to August is the time to visit as the weather is cooler but still dry. Wet season generally runs from November to April. At this time many of the national parks are closed and the animals are harder to spot.

zambia weather map chart

Geography and environment

Rhino feasting on the grass of Zambias National Parks
Landlocked Zambia shares borders with Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While Zambia is one of the most urbanised countries in Africa, there are still areas of natural beauty to enjoy, with woodlands, savanna, grassland and forested national parks providing a home to mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects. As the source of the mighty Zambezi River (which flows through five other countries), Zambia can lay claim to one of the world's longest rivers. World Heritage-listed Victoria Falls (which is shared with neighbouring Zimbabwe) is an iconic feature of the Zambezi, inspiring awe and wonder for centuries.

Top Picks

Bungee jumping in Victoria Falls in Zambia

Top 5 Adventure Activities in Zambia

1. Canoeing

Going on a canoe safari is a must-do adventure when travelling in Zambia. Take advantage of the Zambezi's many channels and estuaries and glide along, spotting animals, admiring the scenery and stopping for breaks along the way.

2. Bungee Jumping

Here's an adventure option for travellers with nerves of steel. Bungee jumping is a popular adrenaline sport for tourists visiting Zambia, with the Zambezi providing the perfect 'landing' (or dip) for brave jumpers. While not suitable for everyone - fit, healthy travellers with a lust for pushing their limits will love it.

3. Gorge Swinging

With plenty of sheer cliff walls and deep gorges, Zambia is the perfect place to try gorge swinging. Considered a little less intense than bungee jumping, this is a great way to have a memorable time while avoiding the deep panic and fear often induced by bungee jumping.

4. White Water Rafting

The powerful Zambezi provides low and high rapids suitable for experienced and novice rafters. Bring your energy and fitness, as this adventurous option isn't for passengers - you'll need to paddle hard and hold on tight at times.

5. Scenic Flying

Seeing Victoria Falls from a helicopter or micro aircraft may break the budget - but to experience the wonder and majesty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World from the air is surely worth the investment. This may not be one for those with a fear of heights (or flying) but definitely a worthy experience for thrill seekers with a sense of adventure.

FAQs on Zambia

ZAMBIA:

Australia: Yes - visa on arrival
Belgium: Yes - visa on arrival
Canada: Yes - visa on arrival
Germany: Yes - visa on arrival
Ireland: NO VISA REQUIRED
Netherlands: Yes - visa on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - visa on arrival
South Africa: NO VISA REQUIRED
Switzerland: Yes - visa on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - visa on arrival
USA: Yes - visa on arrival

Zambian visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zambian Embassy for more information. For most nationalities, Zambian visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need US$ cash.

Please note: As of January 2016, the KAZA Visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia will be unavailable to purchase. Singular visas for Zambia remain available on arrival at point of entries.
Leaving a small amount (US$0.50-1) for hotel and restaurant staff and other service workers will help to supplement the low wages most people receive in Zambia.
Internet cafes can be found in Zambia's larger cities, however smaller towns and rural areas will have little to no access to the internet.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Zambia's cities and urban centres but less so in rural and remote areas. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home.
Visitors can expect to encounter a wide range of toilets while in Zambia. Western-style flushable toilets are available at many high-end hotels, bars, airports and tourist attractions while squat toilets are more common in rural areas and places frequented by locals. Be prepared by carrying your own toilet paper, soap or hand sanitiser, as these may not be provided.
Can of soft drink = 2,000 ZMK
Street food snack or light meal = 1,000-5,000 ZMK
Bottle of beer = 4500-7500 ZMK
Lunch in a western-style café = 40,000 ZMK
Tap water isn't considered safe for tourists to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Credit cards are accepted by some large hotels and tourist-driven establishments but usually not by smaller places like markets, shops and cafes. Ensure you have other modes of payment when travelling in Zambia.
ATMs can be found in Zambia’s major cities but are less commonly found in rural areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 12 Youth Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 African Freedom Day (Anniversary of the OAU's Foundation)
Jul 1 Heroes' Day
Jul 2 Unity Day
Aug 5 Farmers' Day
Oct 24 Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Zambia/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Zambia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Zambia

1. Be considerate of Zambia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
BitternessMalama Katulwende
A Cowrie of HopeBinwell Sinyangwe
The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and AfricaJosh Swiller
Rare BreedConnie Hall
The Smoke That ThundersDominic Mulaisho