Often described as 'the real Africa', Our Zambia tours explore one of Africa's most amazing and rewarding country's to visit.
Zambia offers some of the best safari tours in Africa, boasting excellent wildlife experiences, including world-class bird-life and big game to rival anywhere in Africa. Our clients on our Zambia tours often remark that Zambia is so much less touristy than its more popular neighbours.
Our Zambia tours will take you to a variety of wildlife parks, with the South Luangwa National Park being the pick which is home to Victoria Falls, Africa's largest waterfall and well know as the adventure capital of Africa'.
Our Zambia tours are also an angler's dream, as the mighty Zambezi River attracts fishermen from around the world in search of the hard fighting tiger fish and the elusive giant vundu.
Although not the easiest country to get around, our Zambia tours are a perfect way to experience Zambia whilst still retaining an element of comfort and security you'll be hard-pressed to find when travelling independently. Safaris in Zambia are a once-in-a-lifetime experience - book one today.
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Zambia is generally very safe to visit. In the bigger cities and tourist areas, you should watch out for con artists and muggers. Avoid areas along the Zambia-Congo border, especially around Lake Mweru, due to civil strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The best time of the year for game viewing is during the dry season (May to October). September and October can be extremely hot. From November to April, the rainy season results in beautiful, green landscape.
You should wear neutral colours for safari, shorts for hot days and lightweight trousers for walking in the bush and towns where the dress code is conservative.
The tap water is not safe for drinking in Zambia. You can buy bottled water at most shops, and it is cheap.
The currency used in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha (ZMK), which is subdivided into 100 ngwees.
When planning a trip to Zambia you need to know what your goal is - what all you'd like to achieve in Zambia, how long you would like to stay but most importantly, your budget.
However, if you choose to travel with us at Encounters Travel you won't have much planning to do. We have Zambia tours ranging from 2835 USD - accommodation, meals, travel, and a well-thought itinerary.
The cost of a meal in Zambia depends on the type of restaurant you're going to eat. Typically, a meal at a fast-food outlet will cost around 30 ZMW - breakfast is usually cheaper than lunch and dinner.
Yes, people do speak English is Zambia and although English is the official language of the country, 70 other languages are spoken throughout the country.
Yes, you do need vaccinations before travelling to Zambia - The CDC and WHO recommends hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
The cost of a trip to Zambia depends mostly on your budget. If you book with us at Encounters Travel, we have Zambia tours ranging from $2835 - accommodation, meals, and travel all-inclusive.
There are many things to see and do in Zambia. Here are our top five:
Three to five days in Zambia should be enough time to visit major tourist destinations. However, a linger stay is always encouraged to get a better feel of the country. More sightseeing, more memories.
The best time to visit Zambia is June and November when the weather is dry and the wildlife watching is sensational.
If we compare Zambia to its neighbouring African countries, it is a bit more expensive. If you know exactly what activities you want to do and how long you planning on staying, it will be easier to work out what your budget needs to be like.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later.
Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful.
Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!
Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
Dial Code: +260
Area: 752,618 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Zambia is the Zambezi River at 329m (1,079 ft.) | The highest point in Zambia is Mafinga Central in the Mafinga Hills at 2,339m (7,674 ft.)
Population: 17,609,178 (2018)
Government: Republic, Representative democracy, Presidential system
Language: English, Bemba
Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in South-Central Africa. The country borders the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west.
Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia, located in the central part of Zambia. Majority of the population can be found around Lusaka in the south and in the Copperbelt Province. In 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom. The World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries in 2010.
The country has a tropical climate and the landscape is characterised by high plateaus with some mountains, hills and river valleys. Zambia has two major river basins: the Zambezi/Kafue basin in the centre and the Congo Basin in the north. Zambia is positioned on the plateau of Central Africa, and the country experiences two main seasons: the rainy season (November to April) and the dry season (May/June to October/November).
There are 14 ecosystems in Zambia, which are divided into thicket, woodland, grassland, and forest vegetation types. Around 242 mammalian species live in Zambia. The Kafue lechwe and the Rhodesian giraffe are endemic to Zambia. An estimated 757 bird species can also be found in the country. The Zambian barbet is a well-known species endemic to Zambia.
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