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Zambia

ZAMBIA SAFARI HOLIDAYS

Often described as 'the real Africa', Zambia is without doubt an amazing and rewarding country to visit. With some excellent wildlife experiences, including world class birdlife and big game to rival anywhere in Africa, Zambia is so much less touristy than its more popular neighbours. It has an excellent selection of wildlife parks, with the South Luangwa National Park being the pick and is home to Victoria Falls, Africa's largest waterfall and well know as the adventure capital of Africa. It is also an angler's dream, as the mighty Zambezi River attracts fishermen from around the world in search of the hard fighting tigerfish and the elusive giant vundu.

Although not the easiest country to get around, our overland truck based trips are a perfect way to enjoy Zambia whilst still retaining an element of comfort and security you'll be hard pressed to find when travelling independently.

TOP Zambia TRAVEL DEALS & UPCOMING TOURS

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TAILOR-MADE Zambia TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

TOUR REVIEWS

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

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!

Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know. I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!

Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Zambia?

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.

What is the official currency of Zambia

The currency used in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha (ZMK), which is subdivided into 100 ngwees.

When is the best time of the year to visit Zambia?

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.

What should you wear in Zambia?

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.

Can you drink the tap water in Zambia

The tap water is not safe for drinking in Zambia. You can buy bottled water at most shops, and it is cheap.

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Zambia Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
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)
Capital: Lusaka
Governemnt: 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.

Highlights

  • Lake Tanganyika – an African Great Lake and the second oldest freshwater lake in the world.
  • Liuwa Plain National Park – a park with one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa and abundant wildlife.
  • Shiwa Ng’andu – a grand country estate and manor house in the north of Zambia.
  • Devil’s Pool – a natural rock swimming pool next to the Victoria Falls, with spectacular views.
  • Lilayi Elephant Nursery – an elephant nursery that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants in Kafue National Park.
  • Bangweulu Wetlands – a wetland ecosystem by Lake Bangweulu and an important bird area.
  • Kafue River – the longest river within Zambia and the largest tributary of the Zambezi River.
  • Petauke – a town and seat of the Petauke District in the eastern province of Zambia.

Tips

  • Malaria is prevalent in Zambia, so wear long sleeves and pants in the evenings.
  • If you are going to Victoria Falls or Lake Tanganyika, bring your swimwear for rafting.
  • US dollars are widely accepted at lodges, restaurants and hotels throughout the country.
  • Tipping is at your discretion, but rangers, trackers and lodge staff will appreciate it.
  • Pack a comfortable pair of shoes for walking safaris and exploring the wilderness.
  • Wear sun cream and a hat to protect yourself from the sun in the summer.
  • Bring your own prescription medications - don’t count on being able to get them there.