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5 Things to Know When Travelling to Zambia


May 9, 2023

Travelling to Zambia? Awesome choice! This beautiful country in southern Africa has so much to offer, from its stunning wildlife to its vibrant culture. But before you grab your passport and head off to this wildlife paradise, here are five things you should know about travelling to Zambia. 

Travelling to Zambia

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi when travelling to Zambia, Image Credit: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

1. What is Zambia Famous for?

What's the scoop on Zambia? Brace yourself for wild safaris and sunset gin-sipping while cruising on the Zambezi. You also don't want to miss out on the top-notch game reserves like South Luangwa National Park and Kafue National Park, where predators and prey play a thrilling game of hide-and-seek amidst the untamed wilderness. 

Walking safari in South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is hailed as one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, Image Credit: Puku Ridge

But let's be real – nothing beats the sheer power of Victoria Falls, which straddles Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, the Falls are simply spectacular and when in full flood, are the largest falling curtain of water in the world. Also, you'll have easy access to Devil's Pool when travelling to Zambia! Devil's Pool, a natural infinity pool, offers an exhilarating angle on this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travelling to Zambia should include a swim in Devil's Pool

Devil's Pool is situated adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island at the top of Victoria Falls, Image Credit: Livingstone Island

2. Is it Safe to Travel to Zambia?

Yes, it's safe to travel to Zambia, but you should follow the usual safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. These measures include being aware of your surroundings, avoiding walking alone at night, securing your valuables, and following any safety guidelines provided by your accommodations or tour guides.

Additionally, it is important to stay up-to-date on any travel advisories or warnings issued by your country's government or the Zambian government. By taking these precautions, you can minimise the risks and make the most of your trip to Zambia.

Giraffes are walking across the open African Plains in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Giraffes roam free across the open African plains in South Luangwa National Park

3. How Much Does a Safari in Zambia Cost?

The price tag of a Zambia luxury safari is not set in stone. Nope, it depends on many factors, like where you choose to rest your weary bones, what time of year you're itching to explore, and what kind of thrills you're after. 

We'll custom-tailor your safari to fit your every whim and fancy, whether you're trekking solo or with a gaggle of pals. Now, we know you're dying to know the digits, so here's the scoop... You can plan to fork over anywhere from $500 to $3,000 per person per night. Trust us – it's worth it!

Le parc national le plus bio-diversifié de Zambie

Savour pristine landscapes when travelling to Zambia

4. When is The Best Time to Visit Zambia?

Wondering when to visit Zambia? We got you! Zambia doesn't follow the usual summer/winter gig. Instead, it has a rainy and dry season.

From November to March, you'll get some serious rain, resulting in lush, green national parks perfect for birding but not so great for spotting wildlife due to the dense bush.

For the ultimate game-viewing experience, plan your visit from June onwards during the dry season. But, if you're after an epic wilderness adventure, hit up Zambia in September and October when the animals congregate around water sources.

If you're keen to see the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in all its glory, go in April and May for the most impressive views. And, keep in mind, game viewing is pretty good year-round, depending on what you're after!

Hippos in the Zambezi River

Lower Zambezi is a bio-diverse region in Zambia

5. Do I Need a Visa When Travelling to Zambia?

Yes, most visitors travelling to Zambia will need a visa to enter the country. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport or the border. However, it's recommended to get an eVisa before arriving in the country. This means that queues are shorter, so you don't have to waste time at the airport.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls

Aerial views of Victoria Falls will take your breath away 

Travelling to Zambia... Are You Ready?

And there you have it! The most important titbits to take note of when travelling to Zambia that'll have you packing your bags in a jiffy. This place is a total dreamland for explorers, with mind-blowing natural wonders, a cultural scene that'll leave you in awe, and wildlife that'll make your heart skip a beat. So, reach out to our Travel Experts now and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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