Zambia Safaris

Zambia Overview

Zambia is situated mainly on a vast plateau 3000 metres above sea level and boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers – as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls, which it shares with its neighbour, Zimbabwe. Most of the country has a mild and pleasant climate, whilst the river valleys are hotter and more humid. The extreme north becomes tropical on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Zambia’s ten large lakes. Whilst Lusaka is the country’s capital, Livingstone, just 10 kms from Victoria Falls, is better known as the adventure capital of Zambia offering adrenalin-packed activities around the Falls and on Zambezi River.

The Kafue and Luangwa rivers flow into the Zambezi and their fertile banks play host to some of the country’s most important conservation areas including the lower Zambezi National Safari Park. The 4.5 million acre Kafue National Park, and surrounding game management areas, in central Zambia make up the largest conservation area in Zambia and are a mix of miombo woodlands and the seasonally inundated floodplains of the Busanga Plains. The park is under visited and is enveloped in an atmosphere of solitude, wilderness and timelessness with vast tracts of pristine, pure wilderness.

The Luangwa National Parks, and associated game management areas, near the southern extent of the Great Rift Valley in east of the country, make up almost as large an area as Kafue and are as wild and remote. Where they straddle the Luangwa River they provide an exceptional game viewing experience in the adjacent ancient riverine woodlands, savannah plains and pools. The Luangwa valley also boasts the densist population of Leopards in Africa as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft’s giraffe that occur nowhere else on Earth.

Birdlife is no less thrilling in its diversity and numbers with almost 500 species recorded with good concentrations of wattled crane, pelicans, storks and herons.
It was in Zambia that the concept of walking safaris originated as the best way of exploring the rich flora and fauna that the country’s national parks have to offer. Add to this the adventure activities on the Zambezi River and Zambia qualifies as an all round excellent safari holiday destination.

Zambia Safaris can be combined with Malawi or Zanzibar.

If you would like any additional information on any of our Zambia safari holidays or would like to begin booking your next trip, please get in touch here.

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Zambia Itineraries

We have a great selection of sample itineraries below that we have created to provide you with everything you need for a fantastic holiday. However, if you would like to do something different, please get in touch

Additional Zambia Information

The Kafue and Luangwa rivers flow into the Zambezi and their fertile banks play host to some of the country’s most important conservation areas including the lower Zambezi National Park. The 4.5 million acre Kafue National Park and surrounding game management areas in central Zambia make up the largest conservation area in Zambia and are a mix of miombo woodlands and the seasonally inundated floodplains of the Busanga Plains. The park is under visited and is enveloped in an atmosphere of solitude, wilderness and timelessness with vast tracts of pristine, pure wilderness.

The Luangwa National Parks, and associated game management areas, near the southern extent of the Great Rift Valley in east of the country, make up almost as large an area as Kafue and are as wild and remote. Where they straddle the Luangwa River they provide an exceptional game viewing experience in the adjacent ancient riverine woodlands, savannah plains and pools. The Luangwa valley also boasts the densist population of Leopards in Africa as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft’s giraffe that occur nowhere else on Earth.

Birdlife is no less thrilling in its diversity and numbers with almost 500 species recorded with good concentrations of wattled crane, pelicans, storks and herons. It was in Zambia that the concept of walking safaris originated as the best way of exploring the rich flora and fauna that the country’s national parks have to offer. Add to this the adventure activities on the Zambezi River and Zambia qualifies as an all round excellent safari holiday destination.

Holidays to Zambia can be combined with holidays to Malawi or Zanzibar

Articles on Zambia

Our news section is always getting updated with inspirational articles for your next safari holiday. Below are a few articles we have written that feature Zambia.

Where To Go In Zambia

One of Zambia’s main attractions is the breath-taking Victoria Falls, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the dry season from August to January you can swim in the Devil’s Pool, and if you’re feeling really brave you can bungee jump. Victoria Falls is situated in the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, if you continue up the Zambezi River and venture into the wildlife section of the park then you will be able to discover a variety of animals, including white rhinos.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a great place to discover the Zambezi River away from the swarms of tourists. You can canoe with a guide and you’ll see a whole variety of animals including hippos, crocodiles, baboons and puku. If you’d like to see snakes and crocodiles close up, you can visit the Livingstone Reptile Park.

Where To Stay In Zambia

We have the best selection of resorts & camps to make your next holiday to Zambia exactly what you want. If you would like any additional information on any of these resorts & camps, please contact us directly

When To Go To Zambia

Zambia is normally busier around the dry season as this is when the wildlife gathers around the rivers and lakes. During the wet season (December to April) most parks and camps close down and roads can become impassable. However, the Mfuwe area of South Luangwa National Park has the sandy terrain allowing for accessibility all year round.

Zambia Climate

The altitude of Zambia provides a much more pleasant climate than that of other countries in Africa. Zambia has three distinctive seasons; May to August is cool and dry, September to November is hot and dry and December to April is warm and wet.

Temperature (°C)

Below is a table showing average temperature by month with the highs and lows. Temperatures displayed in °C

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
20/3220/3118/3114/2910/297/256/258/2814/3318/3418/3117/31

Rainfall (mm)

Below is a table showing the average rainfall by month. Rainfall is displayed in mm.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
195287141910000050108110

What To Do In Zambia

Zambia is home to one of the largest national parks in Africa as well as the largest waterfall in the world. Below, we have a few areas of interest that we recommend you visit on your next vacation to Zambia.

Other Information

When travelling anywhere new it’s good to understand a little bit more about the place you’re going to. Below are a few additional details about Zambia.

CurrencyZMK
Capital CityLusaka
Population16.8 million
LanguageBemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Tonga, Kaonde, luvale, Lunda & English
Time ZoneGMT +2:00