Zambia is the Land of the legendary African walking safari, home of the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, all in one friendly country.
The Wildlife is superb and some of the finest Safaris on the planet are available in Zambia's game parks, like the South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks. The parks offer the chance to get up close and personal with Africa's big game, with some of the highest concentrations of leopard, lion and elephants on the continent.
Blessed with 17 magnificent waterfalls apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia offers tours for 'cascade followers' into the remote undeveloped rural areas where you can get a glimpse of village life. Zambia has the largest water resources in the whole of southern Africa with 5 massive lakes and plentiful rivers offering excellent fishing.
A wide range of hi-action activities from the legendary Walking Safari deep in the wilderness, to world class River Rafting, Bungi into the deep gorge below the Victoria Falls, Abseiling, Canoeing Safaris down the Zambezi, River Surfing, excellent Tiger Fishing and breath-taking African sunsets.
Time in Zambia
Zambia is two hours in the advance of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). There's no time difference between the summer and winter months, since Zambia doesn't operate daylight saving times.
Currency in Zambia
Zambia's currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). Hotels and Camps usually charge in UK£ or US$; credit cards are accepted by most, although many a surcharge. Most visitors heading out on safari don't get any Kwacha in advance of their arrival in Zambia.
Zambia's International Dialing Code
Calling to Zambia, you dial the international country code (00)260, followed by an area code (e.g. (0)21 for Lusaka) and the local number; calling from Zambia, you dial 00 and the relevant country code (e.g. +44 for the UK, or +1 of the US).
Food in Zambia
The standard of food at Zambian safari camps is very high; the majority serve delicious international fare.
The local Zambian cuisine is base on nshima – cooked porridge made from ground maize, served with tasty meat or dried fish. The local beers (Mosi, Castle and Rhino) are good, as are imported South African beers and wines. Soft drinks are available everywhere, although choices are often limited.
Health in Zambia
Zambia is a tropical country and several vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, hepatitis, tetanus and possibly meningitis C). Malaria is common; you should take antimalarials. Always check the latest recommendations with your doctor or travel clinic, and perhaps ask us for more useful travel information on Zambia.
Language in Zambia
Zambia's official language is English, which is spoken by most people. Beside this, there are more than 70 different dialects spoken in Zambia, with the most common being Bemba; Bemba is also used for administration and education.
Luggage restrictions for Zambia
Most transfers between parks use light aircraft which results in a luggage restriction of 12-15kg per person, packed in squashable bags. Travellers require only comfortable, casual clothes and camps have efficient laundry services. If you have a lot of excess luggage, then discuss this with us before you book.
Visas for Zambia
Most nationalities can buy a visa for Zambia on arrival, using UK pounds or US dollars cash. Ask us for guidance and check with your nearest Zambia Embassy or High Commission for the latest detail.
Weather and climate in Zambia
Zambia's climate is tropical, with a wet (November - April) and a dry season (May - October). Zambia has a mild winter between may and end of July after which it gets warmer.