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Zambia

Ideal for those seeking a more isolated, authentic African safari.

  • Companies:

    431 operators
  • Capital:

    Lusaka
  • Population:

    12 million
  • Currency:

    Zambian Kwacha
  • Total area:

    752,614 km² (290,586 miles²)
  • Wildlife:

    36 animals listed
  • Languages:

    English ...
  • Airports:

    Livingstone (LVI)
    Lusaka (LUN)

Voltage and plug type

Type C (220V)

Type C (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type D (220V)

Type G (220V)

Type G (220V)

Recommended vaccinations

Typhoid Tetanus MMR
Hepatitis B Hepatitis A

Zambia map

About Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country that lies to the south of Tanzania and DRC and to the north of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It falls within the tropic zones and tends to experience pleasant temperatures year-round, partly due to it being above sea level. Zambia has two distinct seasons, with the heavy rain season starting around mid-November and going into April. May through October generally marks the dry season, although even this varies depending on exact location.

Zambia is a highly urbanized country, with nearly half of its population found in cities that are located along primary transportation routes, with the largest concentration in Lusaka. There is little wildlife around the rural areas and the wildlife is concentrated in the less-inhabited rural areas of Zambia.

A large draw for tourists in Zambia is Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall located on the mighty Zambezi River. There are two sides from which to view Victoria Falls, with the primary one – Livingstone – being located in Zambia. The town itself is a historical colonial town which has been preserved and now includes modern amenities such as shopping malls, high end restaurants, five star hotels and theaters. Livingstone also has an airport which makes it easy for people to access the falls, particularly from South Africa, where most international flights land. Victoria Falls’ close proximity to three countries: Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, makes it an ideal location from which to start or end a safari. There are many tour operators from the surrounding countries whose operate tours from this popular location.

The savannah woodlands in the northern and central part of Zambia are home to much of the countries large game animals. Southern Luangwa National Park is home to large numbers of giraffe and buffalo. It is possible to do a walking safari here, something that not all parks offer. Another park in the central region of Zambia is Kafue National Park. It is Zambia’s oldest and largest national park and home to a large diversity of animals. The short-grass plains of this park are home to some of the big cats, such as the cheetah, leopard and lion.

For those seeking a more isolated and ‘authentic’ safari, Zambia may be the ideal location. In addition to the traditional, open-vehicle safari, Zambia also offers walking, canoeing and horseback riding safaris. Zambia also has attracted some of top guides from neighboring countries. Safari lodging and prices tend to be on par or slightly higher than those of northern neighbors Tanzania and Kenya, but the reduced crowds and wider range of safari options help compensate. Zambia is recommended for safari-goers of all levels. 

Busanga Safaris

Safari tour operator

30 reviews

Yascore 91

Since:
Jul 2002

Family run safari company, based in the UK with offices in Zambia. We tailor make safaris to key wildlife areas across Africa. On our website you will find inspiration & great ideas. We also g... read more

More reviews:
  • 8 photos
  • 4 tour packages
Yascore 91

Since:
Jul 2002

Bantu Pathfinders

Safari tour operator

5 reviews

Yascore 88

Since:
May 2008

Bantu Pathfinders is a Tour Operator/DMC based in the Tourist Capital of Livingstone, Zambia. The company specializes in African tailor made packages and travel. Bantu Pathfinders is also open ... read more

More reviews:
  • 7 photos
  • 8 tour packages
Yascore 88

Since:
May 2008

Nature Travel Namibia

Safari tour operator

8 reviews

Yascore 87

Since:
Mar 2005

Nature Travel Namibia is a Namibian based Safari Company operating throughout Southern Africa. With years of tourism experience Nature Travel Namibia is perfect is assisting you to plan and experie... read more

More reviews:
  • 0 photos
  • 8 tour packages
Yascore 87

Since:
Mar 2005

Tracks Safaris

Safari tour operator

8 reviews

Yascore 84

Since:
Jan 2010

Tracks safaris are passionate about Africa - whether you are looking for a lodge or tented safari, a self drive, mobile, walking, flying or photographic safari or a safari for the whole family - le... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 4 tour packages
Yascore 84

Since:
Jan 2010

Jobovic Safaris

Safari tour operator

5 reviews

Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 2012

Jobovic Safaris is a South African Tour operator with 25 years of combined experience in the tourism field, doing safaris to all Southern African countries. A tour with us offer inspiring adven... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 11 tour packages
Yascore 83

Since:
Mar 2012

Open Heart Safari

Safari tour operator

6 reviews

Yascore 82

Since:
Sep 2013

Husband-and-wife team with passion for African wildlife leads annual tour to Zambia. Not-for-profit. You won't be surrounded by crowds of tourists-we go to remote natural areas. Includes walking sa... read more

More reviews:
  • 0 photos
  • 1 tour package
Yascore 82

Since:
Sep 2013

Africa 2000 Tours

Safari tour operator

25 reviews

Yascore 82

Since:
Jun 2013

Africa 2000 Tours is a company operated by people who have been involved in Travel and Wildlife Safaris since childhood, people who were raised in and have traveled through the remote regions of A... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 0 tour packages
Yascore 82

Since:
Jun 2013

Biwakwango

Safari tour operator

14 reviews

Yascore 81

Since:
Mar 2001

Biwakwango is a South African based Tour Operator with 14 years of experience in creating and running exciting and unique tours. We strongly focus on low impact tourism such as walking, hiking ... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 1 tour package
Yascore 81

Since:
Mar 2001

Encompass Africa

Safari tour operator

2 reviews

Yascore 81

Since:
Jul 2009

Focusing on tailormade authentic safari travel, Encompass Africa designs each and every itinerary with care to deliver genuine immersive experiences. It’s about engaging all of the senses, cutting ... read more

More reviews:
  • 10 photos
  • 36 tour packages
Yascore 81

Since:
Jul 2009

Chaz Tours and Travel

Safari tour operator

4 reviews

Yascore 77

Since:
Feb 2010

Chaz Tours and Travel is a company that provides tours and travel agency related services in Kenya,Namibia and rest of Africa. The company was started with the aim of providing tours & safaris ind... read more

More reviews:
  • 5 photos
  • 6 tour packages
Yascore 77

Since:
Feb 2010

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