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Zambia FAQs

YOUR ZAMBIA QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Zambia is one of Africa’s growing tourist destinations, meaning that you get the benefit of some amazing wildlife but with fewer crowds. Land locked between Tanzania, DRC, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola, Zambia does not have any beaches, but is close enough to numerous destinations where a nice relaxing white sandy beach is just waiting to recuperate you after your safari.

This wild and relatively untamed part of Africa is great for, not just safaris in a 4WD vehicle, but also walking safaris in the South Luangwa Valley. Standing just metres away from a lion, or following the wide steps of an elephant through the Miombo woodland is an unforgettable experience!

Below we have compiled a list of questions frequently asked by our clients about the wildlife, safari options and activities. If there is anything else you would like to know or think we should add please don’t hesitate to contact us!

  • Am I safe on safari in Zambia?

    Of course, no holiday comes without risk, but, as long as you listen to your guide and respect the environment you are in you will have a great experience.

    These are wild animals but you will have experienced staff and guides on hand at all times. Safaris have been running for many years and over these years the owners, managers and staff at the lodges have been looking after guests to ensure they have a safe and of course, fun, safari experience. Of course you must respect the wildlife and listen carefully to your guide, but what you must understand is you are the guide’s primary concern.

    The staff will always take care to ensure you are completely safe and comfortable. Whilst staying inside or near the National Parks, if you want to be escorted to and from your room, the staff will be more than happy to do so. Torches are always a good idea whilst walking around places at night just in case you come across a snake or something similar. Closed shoes are also important at night. All lodges will have staff who keep a close eye on the grounds throughout the day and night.

    Whilst out on foot, your guide will always be keeping track of any sounds or sightings so as to ensure you are safe at all times. The guides are fantastic and have been trained with how to deal with different situations. Therefore, if you listen to your guide and respect the wildlife you will be safe.

  • Can I drink tap water?

    Bottled water is the safest option in Zambia. In some properties it is fine to drink the tap water and others it’s not.

    To avoid confusion, drink bottled water at all times, of ask your guide or the hotel staff about specific areas or properties. Bottled water will always be provided in your accommodation and on safari.

  • Is Zambia good for families?

    Zambia is a wonderful safari destination for families. There are lots of properties that cater specifically for families, as well as private houses in South Luangwa, the Lower Zambezi and Victoria House that come with sole use of a vehicle and guide.

    The people of Zambia are great with children and there are lots of activities to keep them entertained if you are planning on having a little ‘me time’. For more information on family safaris in Zambia, head to our Zambia Family Safaris page.

  • What should I take on safari in Zambia?

    The clothing you pack is essential, not just to keep you warm in the cold, safe from the hot sun or to protect you from bug bites, but also to ensure you don't stick out like a sore thumb to the wildlife. Please get in touch to find out more about what to pack.

  • What safari types are available in Zambia?

    Zambia offers a variety of safaris activities including game drives, bike riding, micro-lighting and walking safaris.

    All of which are led by highly qualified and experienced guides accompanied by an armed ranger. The guiding standards in Zambia are some of the finest in Africa, and they have spent years training and working in the area, and therefore know it extremely well.

    Walking safaris can last from a couple of hours up to a week and they allow you to move through the bush, in silence, without disturbing the wildlife. Jeep safaris are done in classic open 4x4 jeeps and usually take place first thing in the morning and last light in the afternoon with tea and coffee in the morning and a nice cold sundowner in the evening. Bike rides are also available at some lodges as well as boating safaris and even micro-lighting!

    The Luangwa Valley’s diverse habitat means wildlife thrives here and it is one of the greatest places for walking safaris. The rivers are teaming with huge crocodiles and numerous pods of hippo and walking along the rivers, watching as the hippos wallow is great fun. There are thousands of elephants, impala, zebra, puku, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu meaning whilst you walk through the bush you will no doubt come across a whole host of wildlife. Kafue, Zambia’s largest National Park, is great for game drives, walks and especially hot air balloon rides. From the air you are can see the beauty of the park and even the wildlife from above. Whilst the Lower Zambezi National Park is fantastic for canoeing, although watch out for those feisty hippos!

  • What wildlife can I see in Zambia?

    There is a variety of wildlife and plant life offered in Zambia, and to experience it all you need to do is travel to the different National Parks

    The South Luangwa Valley offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Zambia if not the whole of Africa! This is because it has a rich density of wildlife but not as many tourists as other more famous National Parks on the continent. The park is beautiful and is covered with riverine and mopane woodland, meadows and the meandering Luangwa River. The diverse habitat means wildlife thrives here and it is one of thegreatest places to see leopards in the wild. The rivers are teaming with huge crocodiles and numerous pods of hippo. The elephant population here is incredible with roughly 35,000 living in the Valley itself. There’s countless impala and zebra as well as puku, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck and kudu. The lion prides are doing very well and you do have a high chance of spotting one of the many young prides.

    Kafue, Zambia’s largest National Park is another must if travelling to Zambia. The park is home to wetland areas in the North which are fascinating if you are interested in seeing those animals who live in and around swamps such as the sitatunga, puku, red lechwe, wildebeest and of course the elephants. Kafue is also home to the Busanga pride of lions which number around 15! Cheetahs are also seen here but mainly in the drier months when the swamps start to dry up. The further south you go, the drier it gets and the swamps turn into rivers surrounded by woodland. Wildlife in the park is fantastic and whilst here you may have the opportunity to see lions, leopard, elephants as well as the big crocodiles and hippos in the thermal pools!

    Last, but by no means least, is the Lower Zambezi National Park. Bordering Zimbabwe and the renowned Mana Pools National Park this area is home to huge densities of game including elephant and buffalo that cross from one side of the river to the other. Much of the park consists of dense vegetation with just one main source of water. Due to the lack of water, the wildlife such as lion, leopard, elephants and buffalo tend to congregate close to the waterhole. Wildlife in the park is fantastic and includes lion, leopard, spotted hyena, elephants, buffalo and a variety of antelope are numerous and bird species which number over 350 species!

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