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Zambia is a country of exceptional safari experiences. It is wild and exhilarating in all the best ways. Located in southern Africa, and bordered with countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Botswana among others, Zambia’s varied landscape makes it one of the most unique safari experiences on the continent.

The most visited reserve in the country is the South Luangwa National Park. Not only is the accessibility great (a one-hour flight from Lusaka into Mfuwe), but the populations of incredible wildlife species, and safari activities makes it the highlight of Eastern Zambia for safari enthusiasts.

During your safari in the South Luangwa, you will see an abundance of leopard, lion, hippo, giraffe, elephant, wild dogs, and much more.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is also a popular destination for safari enthusiasts. This remote park stretches along the northwestern banks of the Zambezi River and as a result, the safari activities gravitate towards the water – game drives, boat safaris, and canoeing to name a few. As they complement each other nicely, combining the Lower Zambezi and the South Luangwa is often a popular itinerary.

Victoria Falls is also one of Zambia’s highlights. Falling across two countries – Zambia and Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls is one of the Natural Wonders of the world and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world.

At a width of 1,708 meters, this iconic waterfall is often nicknamed ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which translates to ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. With a significant volume of water and mist, it is certainly a well-suited nickname.   

With so many exceptional travel experiences on offer, Zambia really is a safari destination to consider. Our safari specialists can personalize your trip entirely – recommending the best camps and lodges for you, and creating your once-in-a-lifetime Zambia trip.

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Suggested Itineraries for Zambia

Our experts know Zambia like the back of their hand, and having traveled extensively around the country, they have put together some trips and tours, and some of the best safari camps and hotels to get you inspired.

  • Zambia’s Safari Gems

    Victoria Falls, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park

    10 Nights
    From $13,704 PP
    This itinerary features the gems of Zambia's safari parks. After a few days enjoying the iconic Vict...
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  • The Ultimate Walking Safari

    South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa National Park, Lusaka

    10 Nights
    From $7,519 PP
    This itinerary is the ultimate walking safari experience in Zambia. While other destinations offer b...
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  • Luxury Zambia and Victoria Falls

    South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Livingstone

    10 Nights
    From $9,553 PP
    This itinerary is the ultimate walking safari experience in Zambia. While other destinations offer b...
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Zambia Safari - Giraffe

Is Zambia right for you?

With so many safari destinations to choose from across the continent, how do you know if Zambia is right for you? Zambia is a destination that more experienced safari travelers head to. This is because it offers unique and more varied activities, beyond the classic game drive. It is also much more ‘wild’ in terms of its safari accommodation. While destinations like South Africa and Botswana offer really luxurious accommodation with facilities like swimming pools and spas, the accommodation in Zambia is much more authentic. The tented bush camps are comfortable and allow you to get closer to nature.

Zambia appeals to the adventure-seekers and the adrenaline junkies because of its activities like microlight flights and bungee jumping in Livingstone, the walking safari in North and South Luangwa National Park, canoeing on the channels of the Zambezi River, and fly camping in the remote parks such as Kafue and Liuwa National Park.

With this in mind, it is still a popular destination for first-time safari travelers because of its fantastic wildlife. Zambia has the highest population of leopards on the continent so while it is not guaranteed, a day on safari without seeing one of these beautiful cats is highly unlikely. Sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion, and wild dog are also very reliable.

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Best Safari Camps in Zambia

One of the best thing about a Zambia safari is how wild it is. While there are more permanent safari lodges, most of the safari camps in Zambia are small, intimate tented camps, offering a really authentic experience.

 
Gemma on safari
From

Gemma our Africa Safari Specialist

When should I go to Zambia?

Compared to other safari destinations, Zambia is more seasonal in terms of best times to visit. The best time of year to go on safari in Zambia is the dry season between June and October. The later you go in the season, the warmer it becomes (November tends to be very hot). When the rains arrive in November/December, the black cotton soil makes areas impassable and your safari not possible. 

Is Zambia good for families?

While there are plenty of safari camps and lodges that are more catered towards families (Anabezi, Lion Camp, and Mfuwe Lodge to name a few), Zambia as a whole is a very wild safari experience. There are age restrictions for some of the safari activities like the canoe and walking safari. With this in mind, I’d recommend Zambia for families with older children but not for young children. 

How long should I spend at Victoria Falls?

As one of the most impressive waterfalls on Earth, Victoria Falls is definitely worth spending a couple of days at. As there are plenty of activities to enjoy, I would recommend two full days here. A guided tour of Victoria Falls on the first day is a good introduction. This then gives you another day or the evening to enjoy other excursions such as a sunset boat tour, exploring Livingstone, or more adrenaline-fueled activities like a microlight flight, or bungee jumping.

How much is a Zambia safari?

Depending on which national parks you go to, how long you go for, and which safari accommodation you stay in, a Zambia safari usually starts around the $4,000 per person mark. A considerable amount of the safari cost is used for park fees and the logistics such as internal flights between the parks. Your safari accommodation will be based on an all-inclusive package, so all of your safaris, meals and drinks will be included.

How long is a walking safari?

Zambia is the birthplace of the walking safari, so whichever national park you head to, you can do some sort of walking safari. In North and South Luangwa National Park, the walking safaris usually last 3-4 hours and there is an opportunity to spend a few days walking between the different bush camps. Please get in touch to find out more about these types of walking safari itineraries.

Can I combine Zambia with another country?

Zambia is a landlocked country, bordered by Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana among others. Because of its location, it is possible to combine with another safari destination however this is more common for adding on Victoria Falls alone. As a safari destination, Zambia offers a fantastic experience so I would argue you don’t need to combine it. It is a phenomenal stand-alone destination, and one you will not forget.

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