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Zambia Safaris

Introducing Zambia

Often referred to as one of Africa’s best kept secrets, landlocked Zambia is set atop a high plateau in Central Africa and is geographically defined by its great rivers and basins, of which the most famous is its namesake, the Zambezi. Despite being most widely known for the smoking and staggeringly beautiful Victoria Falls, there is an incredible range of topography and habitats throughout the entire country, and along with a tropical climate, this makes it the ideal safari holiday destination for the discerning enthusiast looking for a uniquely African safari experience.

Tracking through the bush with an armed guide, who will track wildlife by some of the most unusual yet successful means, you will learn about the smaller things that you would otherwise miss in a vehicle, though it is not unknown to come across the large predators too! Night drives here can also be exhilarating and perfect for spotting some predatory action in the African bush. In the Lower Zambezi National Park, there is the added attraction of canoe safaris along the picturesque Zambezi river, ideal for an atmospheric sundowner, dodging hippos frolicking in the depths whilst elephants drink from the banks.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Zambia Safari?

Here at Natural World Safaris, our team of specialists can create tailor-made itineraries that are designed to meet your specific needs and interests. Whether you want to go on a wildlife safari, explore the country's culture, or simply relax on the beach, we can create an itinerary that is perfect for you. We are committed to responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Working closely with local communities and conservation organisations, we ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the environment and local people of Zambia. Unlike other safari operators, we can offer you exclusive experiences that you might not be able to find elsewhere. For example, private game drives or a guided tour of a local villages are just the beginning of some of the special experiences we can include in your Zambia itinerary.

How Much Does Zambia Cost?

For a 7-day safari in Zambia, we recommend a starting price of $8,500 per person. This will generally include accommodation at two different lodges, transfers and private guides.

If you are looking to stay in some of Zambia’s most iconic and best loved lodges, you’ll need to increase the budget to $17,500 per person including scenic helicopter flights, intimate meerkat encounters and other incredible excursions.

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The Zambia Safari Experience

Zambia is possibly one of the most welcoming countries in Africa; wherever you go people introduce themselves out of curiosity and it leaves the traveller feeling a sense of belonging. Easy to travel around with a combination of air and road transfers, Zambia is home to some of the most accessible wildlife in Africa and is renowned for its high quality of game-watching guides, which include the legendary Robin Pope and late Norman Carr. Having developed gradually as a safari destination and learnt from the experiences of its neighbouring countries, the result is a comfortable, sustainable and memorable destination for people of all ages.

You may wish to include the following in your Zambia itinerary:

  • Boating, Cruising and Fishing - Always spectacular on the Lower Zambezi at sunset, or even in the company of hippos!
  • Migrations - Visit Liuwa Plains National Park to witness thousands f wildebeest migrate from the northwest to the south each year
  • Culture - Spend time in a Zambian village to get an experience of local life
  • Kayaking - Feel the heartbeat of the Okavango Delta while exploring the labyrinth of waterways, islands and lagoons of this bizarre natural wonder
  • Ballooning - Enjoy a balloon ride over the scenic Busanga Plains
  • Conservation - Track endangered rhinos on foot and learn more about their conservation
  • Zambian Carnivore Programme - Join the ZCV on the front line of the conservation efforts in Kafue National Park

Where to stay in Zambia?

Mobile camping safaris offer a truly unique experience, with the sounds of grazing animals or vervet monkeys hopping between the roves. Zambia is a truly wild destination and accommodation really does reflect this, with beautiful walking trails focused on the outdoors. This doesn’t mean that you won’t find luxury; the comfort and exclusivity of camps such as Tena Tena, Mchenja and Tafika will make your experience truly exquisite. For families and small groups, safari houses such as Luangwa House offer space, activities and safari programmes from one exclusive bush base. Take a look through some of our favourite accommodation options in Zambia, and contact us for details on these or indeed others. Read more about where to stay

When to go to Zambia?

The best time to visit Zambia is during the dry dry season between August and November. Zambia is a relatively temperate country, although the climate can range from 21°C or 70°F to 31°C or 88°F depending on the altitude, which generally varies between 1,000 and 1,600 metres - largely dictated by the valleys of the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa Rivers.

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Zambia Safaris FAQs

Is Zambia safe?

Zambia is generally safe for travelers, with a relatively low crime rate, but caution is always advised regardless of where you are. In urban areas like Lusaka, be mindful of belongings and follow local customs. Stay informed about travel advisories from your government for the latest safety information before planning your trip.

Is Zambia good for safari?

Yes, Zambia is an excellent destination for safari enthusiasts. The country is renowned for its pristine and remote wilderness areas, providing a more authentic and exclusive safari experience compared to some other popular African safari destinations. Zambia offers diverse ecosystems, including the famous South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, and Kafue National Park, which teem with a wide variety of wildlife. Walking safaris originated here, offering a unique opportunity to explore the bush on foot with experienced guides. The country's commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism adds to its appeal, making Zambia a prime choice for those seeking an immersive and authentic safari adventure.

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What to pack for a safari in Zambia

When preparing for an African safari in Zambia, pack neutral-toned, lightweight clothing for sun and insect protection, including long-sleeved shirts, trousers, a wide-brimmed hat, and closed-toe shoes. Carry a sweater or fleece for cooler mornings and evenings, along with a lightweight rain jacket if needed. Essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, binoculars, and camera equipment are crucial. Personal medications, toiletries, power adapters, cash, a reusable water bottle, and a small daypack are recommended.

Which month is best for Zambia safari?

The best months for a Zambia safari are during the dry season, which typically runs from June to October. This period offers excellent wildlife viewing as animals gather around water sources, and vegetation is less dense, making them easier to spot. July to September is particularly popular for safaris as wildlife congregates around rivers and waterholes. The weather is cooler during these months, making for more comfortable game drives. However, it's important to note that October can be extremely hot before the rains start. While the wet season (November to April) offers lush landscapes and fewer crowds, some areas may become inaccessible due to heavy rains.

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Where do you fly into for Zambia safari?

For a Zambia safari, you would typically fly into Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. Lusaka serves as a major hub and has international flight connections. From Lusaka, you can then take domestic flights to various safari destinations within Zambia.

Depending on your chosen safari area, you might also fly into Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Livingstone, especially if you're planning to visit Victoria Falls. Mfuwe International Airport (MFU) is another important entry point, located near South Luangwa National Park.

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What is the currency in Zambia?

The currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha, often abbreviated as ZMW or represented by the symbol "K". It's recommended to have some local currency on hand for small expenses, tips, and purchases in local markets. While larger hotels and tourist areas might accept major foreign currencies or credit cards, having Zambian Kwacha is useful for a smoother experience, especially in more remote or local settings.

Tipping in Zambia

Tipping practices in Zambia involve showing appreciation for good service. On safaris, it's customary to tip around $10 to $20 per person per day for guides and drivers, and a similar amount for lodge staff. In restaurants, a 10-15% tip may be added to the bill or appreciated if not included. Hotel porters generally receive $1 to $2 per bag, while local guides, taxis, and drivers might be given around $5 to $10. Spa and wellness services could warrant a 10-15% tip. While these are general guidelines, tipping is a personal choice based on the quality of service and local customs.