Zambia is home to emerald green national parks with abundant crocodile, elephant and hippo populations.

While the village communities holding centuries of traditional wisdom will stop you in your tracks, 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.

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Zambia travel FAQs

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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 8 Mar International Women's Day
  • 12 Mar Youth Day
  • 13 Mar Youth Day Holiday
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 15 Apr Holy Saturday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 May African Freedom Day
  • 3 Jul Heroes' Day
  • 4 Jul Unity Day
  • 7 Aug Farmers' Day
  • 18 Oct National Day of Prayer
  • 24 Oct Independence Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Zambia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/zambia/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

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.

Making friends in Lusaka, Zambia

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.