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Zambia Safaris

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. The home of the walking safari; when tracking through the bush with an armed guide, you will learn about the smaller things that you would otherwise miss in a vehicle. 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.

The Zambia Safari Experience

  • Walking Safaris
  • Boating, Cruising and Fishing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Visit Liuwa Plains National Park to witness thousands wildebeest migrating
  • Enjoy a balloon ride over the scenic Busanga Plains
  • Track endangered rhinos on foot and learn more about their conservation
  • Join the Zambian Carnivore Programme on the front line of the conservation efforts in Kafue National Park

Why Natural World Safaris for your Zambia Safari?

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.

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The Zambia Safari Experience

How Much Does Zambia Cost?

For an 11-day walking safari in Zambia, we recommend a starting price of $9,000 per person. This will generally include accommodation at two different lodges, transfers and private guides.

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. Read more about when to go to Zambia.

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. Read more about where to stay in Zambia.

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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.