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Zambia
Zambia

Zambia

ACCOMMODATION
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
SUGGESTED ITINERARIES
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS
ZAMBIA

WHERE THE ZAMBEZI FLOWS, AND WILDLIFE ROAMS

Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia offers an authentic African experience with thrilling adventure sports, captivating cultural activities, and abundant wildlife in its vast national parks. Marvel at the majestic Victoria Falls by day and unwind with sundowners after whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River. Alternatively, enjoy a serene houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba, watching elephants at the riverbank and trying your hand at fishing. However you spend your time in this beautiful country, Zambia's charm is sure to leave you longing for a return visit to this enchanting Southern African gem.

Zambia

ZAMBIA

ACCOMMODATION

Royal Chundu

28

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

14

ROOMS

Royal Chundu

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

Royal Livingstone Hotel

346

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

173

ROOMS

Royal Livingstone Hotel

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

Thorntree River Lodge

24

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

12

ROOMS

Thorntree River Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

Tongabezi River Lodge

22

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

11

ROOMS

Tongabezi River Lodge

ZAMBIA

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LIVINGSTONE

Mukwa River Lodge

18

GUESTS

CHILDREN

7+

OPEN

Year-round

8

ROOMS

Mukwa River Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

424

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

212

ROOMS

AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

154

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

77

ROOMS

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

Sindabezi Island Camp

10

GUESTS

CHILDREN

14+

OPEN

Year-round

5

ROOMS

Sindabezi Island Camp

ZAMBIA

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LIVINGSTONE

Sussi & Chuma

24

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

12

ROOMS

Sussi & Chuma

ZAMBIA

|

LIVINGSTONE

Shumba Camp

12

GUESTS

CHILDREN

10+

OPEN

Year-round

6

ROOMS

Shumba Camp

ZAMBIA

|

KAFUE

Busanga Bush Camp

8

GUESTS

CHILDREN

12+

OPEN

June - Oct

4

ROOMS

Busanga Bush Camp

ZAMBIA

|

KAFUE

Ila Safari Lodge

20

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

10

ROOMS

Ila Safari Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

KAFUE

King Lewanika (Luiwa Plains not Kafue)

15

GUESTS

CHILDREN

8+

OPEN

April - Nov

6

ROOMS

King Lewanika (Luiwa Plains not Kafue)

ZAMBIA

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LIUWA PLAINS

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp

22

GUESTS

CHILDREN

12+

OPEN

Year-round

11

ROOMS

Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp

ZAMBIA

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LOWER ZAMBEZI

Baines River Camp

16

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

8

ROOMS

Baines River Camp

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Chiawa Camp

18

GUESTS

CHILDREN

8+

OPEN

April - Nov

9

ROOMS

Chiawa Camp

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Sausage Tree

14

GUESTS

CHILDREN

6+

OPEN

Year-round

7

ROOMS

Sausage Tree

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Lolebezi

16

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

TBC

6

ROOMS

Lolebezi

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Royal Zambezi Lodge

31

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

15

ROOMS

Royal Zambezi Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Chongwe River Camp

20

GUESTS

CHILDREN

7+

OPEN

April - Nov

9

ROOMS

Chongwe River Camp

ZAMBIA

|

LOWER ZAMBEZI

Lilayi Lodge

24

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

12

ROOMS

Lilayi Lodge

ZAMBIA

|

LUSAKA

Latitude 15

64

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

32

ROOMS

Latitude 15

ZAMBIA

|

LUSAKA

Chinzombo

12

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

6

ROOMS

Chinzombo

ZAMBIA

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SOUTH LUANGWA

Luangwa River Camp

10

GUESTS

CHILDREN

All ages

OPEN

Year-round

5

ROOMS

Luangwa River Camp

ZAMBIA

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SOUTH LUANGWA

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • The Zambian Kwacha (ZMW) is the official currency in Zambia, but US Dollars are widely accepted, especially in tourist areas. Be prepared for some shops to give change in Kwacha, so it's helpful to have a general idea of the exchange rate. 


    In Zambia, your credit card options will depend on the type of establishment and location. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted credit cards, particularly in larger towns, upscale hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and big shops. Acceptance of American Express and Diners Club cards is limited, especially outside major centers. It's best to rely on cash or confirm acceptance beforehand if  you plan to use them. Many  lodges, camps, and smaller shops in remote areas may not accept card  payments at all. Be prepared with cash (Zambian Kwacha or US Dollars) in  these situations. ATMs are fairly common in Zambia, especially in major towns and cities like Lusaka and Livingstone.

  • Domestic flights are the fastest way to connect major cities and national parks, ideal for tight schedules. Scheduled flights operate within Zambia, with hubs in Lusaka, Livingstone, and Ndola. Proflight flies from Lusaka to Mfuwe (South Luangwa), to Livingstone, and also offers charters.Various air charter companies will fly to any of the many airstrips around the country and most of the areas worth visiting are accessible by air.


    Renting a car provides flexibility for self-paced exploration, especially for safaris and remote areas. However, road conditions can be challenging, so sticking to main roads is advisable unless you're an experienced driver. Opt for a four-wheel drive vehicle for rough terrain, particularly during the rainy season.


    Metered taxis are available in major towns like Lusaka and Livingstone. Negotiate fares in advance for unmetered taxis, especially at airports or tourist areas. Ride-hailing apps are becoming a convenient option.

  • Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas visitors tend to serve  a range of international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is typically excellent.


    Water in the main towns is usually purified, provided there are no shortages of chlorine, breakdowns, or other mishaps. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zambia for just a few weeks, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water in town.


    Zambian food reflects the country's rich cultural heritage, blending  indigenous ingredients with influences from neighboring countries.  Here's your guide to navigating the culinary delights:


    • Nshima: The undisputed king of Zambian cuisine, nshima is a thick porridge made  from pounded maize (corn) flour. It's often served with stews,  vegetables, and relishes, forming the base of most meals.

    • Ifishi (Fish Dishes):  Zambia boasts an abundance of freshwater fish, featuring prominently in  stews like "kapenta" (small dried fish) or "matemba" (a rich, flavorful  fish stew).

    • Meat Feasts: Sample  "nshima ya nyama" (nshima with meat), "nyama ye nkamba" (roasted  chicken), or "offal skewers" for a taste of Zambian meat specialties.

    • Vegetables: "Rape"  (collard greens) and "delele" (pumpkin leaves) are popular choices,  often cooked with tomatoes, onions, and spices. Don't miss "nshima ya  buku" - nshima with vegetables.

    • Snacks: Grab some "mandazi" (deep-fried dough balls), "mikate" (fried pastries), or roasted peanuts for a tasty bite in between meals.

    • Local Brews: "Chibuku  Shake Shake" is a traditional African beer made from sorghum with a  unique sour taste. "Munkoyo" is a non-alcoholic fermented porridge drink enjoyed for its refreshing properties.

    Restaurant Etiquette: Dress code is generally casual, but nicer establishments might suggest  smart casual attire. Tipping 10% is appreciated for good service.


    Street Food: While  tempting, it's advisable to exercise caution with street food,  especially for sensitive stomachs. Opt for vendors with good hygiene  practices and freshly cooked items.

  • The rains in Zambia come mostly in December, January, February and March though the further north you are, the earlier the rains arrive and the later they leave. Eastern areas and higher areas generally receive more rain than western and lowland areas.


    By April and May most of the rain has faded away, leaving a landscape that's still green, but starting to dry out. Nighttime temperatures start to drop, especially in higher and more southerly locations.


    In June, July and August the nights become much cooler, but the days are clear and warm. Make sure you bring warm clothes to wrap up if you're out at night, as some nights get very cold! Most of Zambia's small 'walking bush camps' open at the start of June, when the roads have dried out sufficiently to allow access. This is the start of the 'peak season' for these countries – with often cloudless days and continually increasing game sightings.


    Into September and October the temperatures climb: the lower-lying rift valleys – Lower Zambezi, Mana Pools and Luangwa Valley – can get very hot in October. However, you'll see some superb game as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources.

    November is variable; it can be hot and dry like October, or it can see the season's first downpours. Often it's a very interesting month as you can see both patterns on successive days.

  • Free Wi-Fi is not as widespread in Zambia as in some other countries.  You'll likely find it in hotels, lodges, cafes, and some public spaces like airports and bus stations.


    For a more dependable connection, purchasing a local SIM card with a  data plan from mobile network providers like MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia,  or Zamtel is the best option.  SIM cards are easily available at  airports, phone shops, and some supermarkets. Ensure your phone is  unlocked to use a Zambian SIM. Choose a data package that suits your  needs and budget, with options to purchase bundles at designated shops  or online.


    Remember to check if your phone is compatible with Zambian network  frequencies before your trip. Additionally, depending on the provider's  policy, you might need to register your SIM card upon arrival in Zambia.

  • Zambia operates on a standard voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz. The power sockets commonly used are type C and type D. Type C sockets are two round pins, while type D sockets are three round pins in a triangular pattern. As these sockets may differ from those in many other countries, it's advisable to bring a universal adapter to ensure your electronic devices can be plugged in safely and charged throughout your visit.