Zambia, Home To The Mighty Victoria Falls, The Zambezi River and its White Rhinos

Despite being landlocked, Zambia is home to one of the most impressive water features in the world, the Victoria Falls. Known locally as 'The Smoke that Thunders', the poetry suits as the rumbling pillars of spray can be seen from over 50 kilometres away. But it's up-close that the Falls become utterly unforgettable.

Get drenched from the spray by standing on the Knife Edge, feel the roar of the Boiling Pot below and time your visit with a full moon to witness the awe-inspiring lunar rainbow.

With over a third of the country dedicated to game reserves, wild national parks and wetlands, natural Zambia is nothing short of memorable. Its bounties include white water rafting on the Zambezi River and white rhinos within earshot of the waterfalls, but for an everlasting experience simply walk.

Zambia still retains the raw, natural beauty it did when David Livingstone first set eyes on Victoria Falls. Immerse yourself as he did and explore the wilderness on a walking safari. Make eye-contact with crocodiles and hippos as they wallow on the riverbank, feel the heat as lions and hyenas prowl the grassland and meet nature's giants as you stand toe-to-toe with giraffes and elephants.

Complete one of Africa's finest safari experiences by bedding down in the bush beneath the stars with only the harmonies of wildlife for company. Keep your ears peeled too because beyond the beaten track that rustling could be the hooves of a zebra, the hoot of an owl or the thunder from the Falls.

Check the exciting regions and itineraries we are able to offer you below.

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Many people flock here to take in the spectacular views of the thundering Victoria Falls, but Zambia is also one of the most pristine and unspoilt wildlife havens in Africa and boasts one of the largest national parks on the continent.

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4 Nights

A suggested itinerary combining the famous Victoria Falls with Chobe National Park.

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8 Nights

Experience the best that Zambia has to offer, from Livingstone, the Zambezi and the mighty Victoria Falls to the amazing scenery and game of Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks.

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7 Nights

Spend 5 nights in the South Luangwa National Park, which is an unspoilt wilderness and Zambia's premier park. Stay in Norman Carr Safari Camps which are located in remote places in the region.

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7 Nights

The Great Zambian Journey, will bring you heart-poundingly close to Africa's magnificent wildlife.

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8 Nights

Spend 3 nights in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia's most popular safari destination. It is an unspoilt wilderness and Zambia's premier park.

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9 Nights

This itinerary is mainly concentrated around the two rivers, the Luangwa and the Zambezi, thus offering spectacular scenery and a multitude of wildlife.

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9 or 7 Nights

Combine one of the finest National Parks in Southern Africa with the magnificence of the Victoria Falls.

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3 Nights

Zambia is an intriguing country, offering visitors huge tracts of remote game-rich wilderness to explore, and the awesome beauty of the Victoria Falls.

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Although Zambia lies in the tropics, the height of the plateau ensures that the climate is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. There are three seasons: the cool, dry winter season from May to September; the hot, dry season in October and November; and the rainy season, which is even hotter, from December to April. Lightweights or tropical with rainwear.
PassportPassport RequiredVisa RequiredReturn Ticket
Required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes/1 Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes

To enter Zambia, a passport valid for six months beyond the end of your intended stay, with at least two blank pages, is required. Visas for Zambia are required by nationals referred to in the chart above, except: 1. Nationals of Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Romania, who do not require a visa, unless travelling on business. You can obtain single- or multiple-entry visas in advance from the embassy/high commission in your home country. Alternatively, you can obtain a single- or double-entry visa on arrival at Zambian airports or land borders. You must pay for this in cash in US Dollars. If you arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, you can pay by debit or credit card. As of December 2016, the KAZA visa was reinstated; it allows unlimited travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe over a 30-day period, as well as day trips to Botswana. It's available at the international airports in Lusaka and Livingstone and at the land borders at Livingstone (Zimbabwe border) and Kazungula (Botswana border). Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the nearest Zambian embassy/high commission to check visa requirements. A day tripper visa is issued to visitors entering Zambia for less than 24 hours and leaving through the same port. Certain nationals need to apply for this in advance; check with the embassy/high commission. Transit visas are issued to those who require visas and who are travelling overland through Zambia. They are valid for seven days. Day tripper visa: US$20; transit or single-entry visa:US$50; double- or multiple-entry visa: US$80. Zambian visas are valid for six months from the date of issue for UK passport holders, three years for US passport holders and three months for all other passport holders. Tourists can stay for up to 90 days within a year. Business visitors can stay for up to 30 days within a year. On arrival (for nationals in the chart above) or at your nearest Zambian high commission/embassy in advance. You can also apply online for an e-Visa (evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm). You should allow three to five working days for your visa to be prepared if you submit your application in person at the consulate/high commission. For postal applications, you should allow additional time for mailing. Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate issued at the point of origin and an import permit, obtained in advance from the Department of Research and Specialist Services, Mulungushi House, PO Box 50060, Lusaka, Zambia. Dogs also require a rabies vaccination certificate.

Health PrecausionSpecial PrecautionCertificate
Yellow Fever Yes
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes
Health care in Zambia is not free. Adequate health care cannot be assured outside main towns. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies as they are limited in Zambia. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage if you are spending time in remote parts of the country.

Malaria is present throughout Zambia. The risk is highest in densely populated areas, especially near wetlands, in the rainy season. Not all mosquitoes carry malaria but it can take just one bite of an infected insect to transmit the disease, so its important to follow your GPs advice about taking anti-malarials. Avoid bites by wearing a strong mosquito repellent, covering up with full-length clothing from sunset to dawn, spraying your bedroom with insecticide and sleeping under a mosquito net.
Country Code: . There are public telephones and most calls are made through a post office. Mobile phone ownership and usage is rising all the time in Zambia and by early 2012, well over 60% of the population had a mobile. Mobile coverage can be patchy in some rural areas but is generally good around Lusaka, Livingstone and the other main towns and cities. In some areas rural frequented by tourists, such as South Luangwa National Park, mobile phone masts have been installed for the benefit of local workers and guests. For visitors who would prefer to avoid roaming charges when making and receiving calls, local SIM cards are easily available. SIM cards from the main service providers, Airtel (www.africa.airtel.com) and MTN (www.mtn.com), can be bought at mobile phone shops at the airport and in the main towns and cities. There are internet cafs in Lusaka, Livingstone and the other main towns and cities. These are good value but connection speeds can be slow and power cuts sometimes occur. Many hotels and safari lodges provide Wi-Fi for their guests. This is usually free but a small charge may apply. State-run radio and TV services dominate Zambia's broadcast media. Private radio stations offer little political reporting. The state also controls the principal daily and Sunday newspapers, The Zambia Daily Mail and The Times of Zambia. Libel and security laws can be used by authorities to intimidate journalists, especially those reporting on corruption. Defaming the president is a crime. Airmail to Western Europe or North America takes 7 to 14 days.

Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0800-1300 (closed Sunday and public holidays).
Owing to the liberalisation of the economy, there is now plenty of food in the shops and supermarket chain Shoprite has meant that a much wider variety of goods are available. It is possible that only basic provisions will be on sale in smaller towns.

National specialities:
Freshwater fish: bream from the Kafue, Luapula and Zambezi rivers.
Nile perch and lake salmon can also be freshly caught.
Nshima (ground maize porridge served with relish and meat or fish).

National drinks:

Mosi and Rhino lager.
Opaque beers such as Chibuku.
Baobab Whiteis made at a local craft bakery with the fruit from the baobab tree.

Tipping:
A 10% sales tax is added to all bills. Tipping in hotels has been abolished by law but a 10% tip may be expected or included in bills elsewhere. Lusaka has dancing and floorshows in the main hotels, cinemas and theatres. The Copperbelt and Livingstone areas offer a variety of entertainments including casinos and nightclubs. Very popular among travellers are boat trips on the river with a few drinks. Lusaka has modern shops, supermarkets and open-air markets. Special purchases include African carvings, pottery and copperware, beadwork and local gemstones.

Shopping hours:
Mon-Fri 0800-1700 and Sat 0800-1300 (some stay open until 1700).
The Zambian currency is the kwacha, K (international currency code ZMW), which is equivalent to 100 ngwee. Zambian banknotes are in denominations of K100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of K1 and 50, 10 and 5 ngwee. Note: On 1 January 2013, the Zambia government re-based the Zambian currency. The old currency code was ZMK. One new kwacha (ZMW) is equivalent to 1000 old kwacha (ZMK). The old banknotes cannot used as currency after 1 July 2014, but can be exchanged for new kwacha at the Bank of Zambia until 31 December 2015. Payments within Zambia can be made in kwachas only, by law, even if the price is quoted in USD; foreign currency will not be accepted once you have cleared immigration at the airport. Exchange of foreign currency is carried out at authorised banks and bureaux de change. Most hotels, restaurants, travel agents and bigger shops accept credit cards. Visa is more readily accepted than MasterCard or American Express. Travellers cheques are widely accepted, though no longer commonly used. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US dollars, euros or pounds sterling. The import and export of local currency is limited to ZMW0.1. There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that can be imported as long as it is declared on arrival. Vary from bank to bank. Most are open Mon-Fri 0830-1430 but some stay open until 1600. Some banks also open from 0815-1030 or 1200 on Saturdays.
1.00 GBP = 12.46 ZMW
1.00 USD = 10.22 ZMW
1.00 EUR = 10.82 ZMW
1.00 CAD = 7.73 ZMW
Currency conversion rates as of 10 January 2017
The following items may be imported into Zambia by travellers over 18 years without incurring customs duty: 400 cigarettes or 500g of cigars or 500g of tobacco.
1.5L of spirits and 2.5L of wine and 2.5L of clear beer.
Goods to the value of US$1,000. Prohibited items include counterfeit bank notes and coins, obscene material, pirated or counterfeit goods and prison-made goods. Restricted items include animals, plants and their products, medicines and drugs, minerals and precious stones, and firearms and ammunition.
Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
2016
1 Jan New Year's Day
12 Mar Youth Day
25 Mar Good Friday
28 Mar Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
25 May African Freedom Day (Anniversary of the OAU's Foundation)
4 Jul Heroes' Day
5 Jul Unity Day
1 Aug Farmers' Day
24 Oct Independence Day
25 Dec Christmas Day

2017
1 Jan New Year's Day
12 Mar Youth Day
14 Apr Good Friday
17 Apr Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
25 May African Freedom Day (Anniversary of the OAU's Foundation)
3 Jul Heroes' Day
4 Jul Unity Day
7 Aug Farmers' Day
24 Oct Independence Day
25 Dec Christmas Day
Central southern Africa. 752,614 sq km (290,586 sq miles). 15,066,266 (2015). 20 per sq km. Lusaka. Republic. Zambia is a vast, land-locked tropical plateau in southern Africa bordered by Angola to the west, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to the southwest. The Zambezi River, together with Lake Kariba, forms the frontier with Zimbabwe and lies at Zambias lowest point in altitude. Victoria Falls, formed by the Zambezi tumbling over a cliff into the Batoka Gorge, is one of the most spectacular sights in Africa (if not the world). Lake Kariba, which was created by the construction of the Kariba Dam in the 1950s, is the worlds largest reservoir by volume. The Zambian capital, Lusaka, lies roughly in the centre of the country, a region of thinly wooded bush. In the east and northeast, the country rises to a plateau 1,200m (3,937ft) high, covered by deciduous savannah, small trees, grassy plains or marshland. In central Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, east of Lusaka, and Kafue National Park, west of Lusaka, are magnificent expanses of riverside grassland, woodland and forest with some of the densest and most diverse populations of wild animals in Africa. English, Bemba, Nyanja, Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Kaonde and Luvale are the official languages. Zambia also has over 70 local dialects. Around 30% of the population is Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic), a smaller number are Muslim and Hindu, and a small minority have traditional animist beliefs. GMT + 2. Zambian culture, traditions and folklore remain prominent and long-standing tribal customs and crafts are practised throughout the country, particularly in the rural areas. These include rituals and ceremonies to mark rites of passage such as coming-of-age or marriage, and colourful annual festivals to commemorate revered ancestors celebrate the changing seasons. Most Zambian festivals feature traditional music, drumming and dancing. Visitors to the more remote rural areas should expect to be met with curiosity. Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting. Gifts are often offered to visitors as a sign of gratitude, friendship or honour. One should never refuse a gift but accept it with both hands. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal for both males and females in Zambia and social attitudes towards LGBT people are mostly negative. 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins, three round pins or three square pins are used. President Edgar Lungu since 2015. President Edgar Lungu since 2015. Following the death of President Levy Mwanawasain Paris in August 2008,Vice President Rupiah Banda took over. Under the Zambian constitution, an election must beheld within 90 days of the presidential office becoming vacant. Mr Banda is widely expected to call an early election.

In December 2001, the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) candidate Levy Mwanawasa was installed as president. In the National Assembly, the MMD was returned as the largest party but, lacking an overall majority, rules in alliance with a group of smaller parties. Mr Mwanawasa has made the fight against corruption a centrepiece of his presidency. He was re-elected in 2006.

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