Zambia Safaris

Sarah Fox, Zambia

The morning drives and walks provided adventure and excitement as we caught sight of leopards and hunting lions. I can also recall a few brief encounters with feisty bull elephants however my fondest recollections come from the down-time we had at camp where we could relax and observe the frequent traffic of elephants as they passed through exuding a comfortable and calm atmosphere. Hippos also made an appearance, as the sun set, they would graze towards the river, making themselves heard before they were spotted with their strange snorting laughter.

  • Sarah Fox, Zambia

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Sample Zambia Safaris

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

Okavango & Victoria Falls Explorer  image 1 Okavango & Victoria Falls Explorer  image 2

for 8 nightsfrom £1,595 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Botswana

This 8 night sample itinerary encompasses a two night stay at Victoria Falls followed by an exciting safari in the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.  If you like you can also add on a desert experience in the Kalahari or Makagadikgadi.

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Livingstone
3 nights
Chobe National Park
3 nights
Okavango Delta
Luxury Zambezi Safari and Victoria Falls Holiday  image 1 Luxury Zambezi Safari and Victoria Falls Holiday  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £4,625 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This luxury fly-in holiday includes a stay at the Victoria Falls as well as a safari in the South Luangwa and the Kafue National Parks .  The itinerary offers luxurious accommodation, excellent service and outstanding wildlife and guiding.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Livingstone
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Kafue National Park
1 night
Lusaka
Lower Zambezi & South Luangwa Luxury Safari  image 1 Lower Zambezi & South Luangwa Luxury Safari  image 2

for 8 nightsfrom £3,515 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This holiday includes stays in exclusive camps in Zambia's 2 famous national parks, the Lower Zambezi & the South Luangwa.  A holiday addition could be the Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Malawi, Zanzibar or South Africa.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
4 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Lower Zambezi National Park
1 night
Lusaka
Green Season Zambia Safari  image 1 Green Season Zambia Safari  image 2

for 7 nightsfrom £3,515 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This holiday is set in the South Luangwa & is only available in the green season from mid Nov to mid May.  The rivers are brimming, the bush in its fullest flush of growth and wildlife is in abundance providing a unique and unforgettable safari.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
1 night
Luangwa National Park
Kafue's Rivers and Plains Exploration   image 1 Kafue's Rivers and Plains Exploration   image 2

for 7 nightsfrom £2,355 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This is a set departure, small group trip known as an Exploration which are unhurried safaris exploring some of Africa's most remote corners, yet with all the comforts and amenities. You will explore two major arteries of the Kafue: The Kafue and Lufupa Rivers.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Kafue National Park
2 nights
Kafue National Park
2 nights
Kafue National Park
In the Footsteps of Livingstone  image 1 In the Footsteps of Livingstone  image 2

for 7 nightsfrom £2,575 per adult

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

Begin with 2 nights at the Victoria Falls before departing on a 3 night camping and canoe safari down the Zambezi River. This ‘Mana Canoe & Walking Trail’ is sandwiched between a stay at Ruckomechi Camp in the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Livingstone
1 night
Mana Pools
3 nights
Mana Pools
1 night
Mana Pools
Zambia and Malawi Twin Centre Holiday image 1 Zambia and Malawi Twin Centre Holiday image 2

for 12 nightsfrom £3,935 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia
  • Malawi

Spend 7 nights on safari in the Luangwa National Park where a walking safari is one of the highlights. After the safari you then fly to lilongwe in Malawi where upon you are transferred to the crystal clear shores of Lake Malawi for 5 nights.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
5 nights
Luangwa National Park
5 nights
Lake Malawi

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Sample Zambia Honeymoons

Zambia is a romantic wilderness where honeymooners can enjoy private beach sunsets and safari adventure, visit the Zambia Honeymoons page for suggestions on itineraries and sights to take in whilst visiting this country. As a combination Zambia & Malawi offer a powerful pairing of various unique animals and fabulous beach destinations.

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Sample Zambia Family Holidays

Zambians believe that family holidays are paramount and all family members should be involved in a safari as much as possible. Visit Zambia Family Holidays to find out more on the bespoke options available.

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Overview of Zambia

Zambia is often referred to as the backbone of Africa with the ebb and flow of this grand mesa bordered by land on all sides it is not surprising why many refer to it as the ‘real Africa’. Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River takes precedence when considering a trip to this mesmerising country. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world it supersedes all expectations with breath-taking views and fabulous landscapes. Zambia is well known for its fabulous walking safari’s and has a sparse ethnic population with over 70 groups around the country. This local population has been inspired by the legendary Norman Carr to conserve the lands of Zambia ensuring the varied habitat remains correct for those it is home to.

Zambia is estimated to have almost 45% of the total water-resources of Southern Africa, making it a country rich in both flora and fauna. Zambia offers the traveller a range of beautiful safari locations but two worthy of note are the Luangwa National Parks and the Lower Zambezi. The lush Luangwa Valley in north eastern Zambia marks the end of Africa's Great Rift Valley and it is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas in Africa. The Lower Zambezi is where Zambia takes its name from and is a prime destination for boating safaris, bush walks and animal tracking. These parks are one of the world's best locations for leopard viewing.

Some of the most magnificent birdlife can be observed throughout the plains of Kafue National Park, the grandest of Zambia’s National Parks. Kafue remains remarkably untouched with nature talking its course and refining it to its own standards, it is a fantastic location for game sightings, fishing and monitoring the tropical birdlife. When travelling to Zambia by air you will be given the opportunity of arriving in either Livingstone or Lusaka, both of which are interesting cultural cities that are worth making a visit to, many travellers will choose to make an overnight in one or both at the beginning or end of their Safari.

Whether it is a family holiday, honeymoon or a luxury getaway you are after Zambia has something to suit everyone. This is Africa, pure and simple for those wanting a sense of adventure and exploration.

When to travel

The dry season June to October is traditionally the best time to travel but each season has its attractions and highlights depending on your interests. These drier months are ideal if this is your first trip to Africa or your wish list includes seeing lot of the big game.

The emerald season - December to May is a particularly good time for birders and for the elusive wild dogs. This is also an excellent time for photographers, the dramatic skies and the restricted game movements make it easy to photograph large animals. The days can vary enormously from one to the next. Even within a day, skies will often change from sunny to cloudy within minutes and then back again. It seldom rains long enough to really stop you doing anything, except travelling on some bush roads. The South Luangwa is one of the National Parks to remain open during this season.

Speak to us about your specific interests and we will advise you on the best time of year to travel to the region which suits you best. See our safari calendar to gain a taste of what Zambia has to offer during the year.

How to travel

Wildlife and the national parks are Zambia's biggest attractions and most visitors combine safari time in one or two parks with a visit to Livingstone for the Victoria Falls and perhaps beach time in neighbouring Lake Malawi. There are direct flights between London and Lusaka and regular connections from Johannesburg to Lusaka and Livingstone. The majority of tourists to Zambia access the parks by light aircraft.

For the first time visitor a suggested itinerary would include a visit to two of Zambia's finest National Parks (Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park) and the Victoria Falls. If walking is the focus of your trip, head for the bush camps of the Luangwa National Parks to be led by some of the continent's finest guides. For those with a real passion for the wilderness we suggest a Mobile Camping safari and for seasoned travellers or wildlife / birding enthusiasts we suggest you head for Kafue National Park.

There are plenty of combinations depending on season, budget and your specific interest, so speak to one of our Zambia experts who will personally tailor a trip specific to you.

Quick Facts

Flights:
Flights from London to Lusaka take about 10 hours. The main airline flying direct from London Heathrow is British Airways. Lusaka can also be accessed from Johannesburg in South Africa. Most people enter Livingstone from Johannesburg which is accessed from all over the world on various airlines.
Vaccinations:
Malaria prophylactics are essential. Yellow Fever injection is required if arriving from an infected area. Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid are recommended.
When to travel:
Zambia is a year round destination with each season having its own advantages and highlights. The dry season from July to October is when the camps are fully functioning. See our safari calendar for more information on what to expect from the seasons.
Visas:
Visas are required by most passport holders and can be obtained in advance or on arrival in Zambia. (Irish currently do not require visas). Please seek advice from us on the latest information regarding visa fees for your nationality.

Sample Walking Safaris


Before I went on my first walking safari I was very nervous at being so exposed to the wild but after a few minutes with my guides I felt totally at ease and safe in their hands. These guides are totally in tune with the bush, just like the animals around us their ears appeared to prick up at the slightest sound and their eyes are like those of a leopard. Seeing animals up close and personal on foot is an exhilarating experience and I am totally hooked on walking in the bush, bring on the next one. - Gregory Fox

Walking safaris are a magical way to explore the African bush. Naturally you cover less distance but when you step out of a safari vehicle you feel your senses sharpen and alert to every sound you become part of the bush. Walking safaris are all about quality not quantity. Listen, smell and feel as you travel. Zambia is the home of walking safaris as pioneered by the great conservationist Norman Carr.

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

South Luangwa Zambia Safari image 1 South Luangwa Zambia Safari image 2

for 5 nightsfrom £955 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This is a 5 night safari based in the South Luangwa National Park. The first days are spent at Kafunta River Lodge which includes day and night game drives. You will also spend time in the South at Island Bush camp which is a base for daily walking safaris.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
1 night
Luangwa National Park
Luangwa Valley Zambia Safari  image 1 Luangwa Valley Zambia Safari  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £2,880 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

The following North/South Luangwa Safari takes you through the whole Luangwa Valley and includes the three National Parks, South Luangwa National Park, Luambe National Park and North Luangwa National Park.  In addition to game drives, walking is also a major component of this trip.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
Mobile Walking Safari Zambia  image 1 Mobile Walking Safari Zambia  image 2

for 11 nightsfrom £3,295 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This is a sample Mobile Walking Safari, THE wilderness experience of the South Luangwa taking in different regions of the park. The fully serviced walk-in camp is comfortable with full bedding. Meals of a high standard are served under the open sky.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
5 nights
Luangwa National Park
3 nights
Luangwa National Park
1 night
Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa Zambia Walking Safari  image 1 South Luangwa Zambia Walking Safari  image 2

for 7 nightsfrom £2,365 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Zambia

This trip is a sample seven night safari in the South Luangwa National Park combining Kapani Lodge with a walking safari down the course of the Luwi River staying at three separate bush camps, Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli.

 

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
2 nights
Luangwa National Park
1 night
Luangwa National Park

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Zambia Holidays

Overall Rating 5 star rating

Latest Review

Tongabezi Lodge was simply fabulous with location, amenities and service levels marked on the highest possible scale. It was not the best time to go game viewing but the trackers at Simbambili worked very hard and produced four of the Big Five - excellent

Signed:

Elizabeth & Allan MacDonald, United Kingdom

Zambia Factfile

Timezone:
GMT +2
Language:
English, many local languages
Currency:
Kwacha, US Dollars
Best time:
Year round destination
Flights:
10 hours from Europe
Visas:
Required, call for info

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