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Introducing Zambia

When is the best time to visit?
June to October is the dry season and the best time to view wildlife—animals are drawn to water sources, and low vegetation offers excellent visibility. Temperatures are moderate with cold mornings and evenings from June-August, while September and October are very hot (this is also when prices are highest). Rains can start as early as November, which makes for beautiful changes in the vegetation. The rainy season is in full swing from January-May when you'll find hot, humid weather, and a drop in prices. Note that safari camps may be closed November-April.

Where should you go?
Victoria Falls, the massive natural wonder on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, should be on every visitor's list. Accessed on the Zambia side via Livingstone, the falls is a year-round destination, though the water flow changes from full flood to less dramatic levels depending on the season. South Luangwa has some of the best game viewing and guiding in the world, and many travelers spend a full week of safari here alone. Lower Zambezi, Kafue, and Liuwa Plains are all also worth a visit.

How many days do you need?
Travelers with at least ten days will be able to see 3 regions at a comfortable pace, with time for multiple days of safari at more than one location. With a week or less, stick to Victoria Falls and one short safari in South Luangwa. 

Zambia Travel Insights

Game drive in the morning
Map of Luxury Zambia Safari & River Camp - 5 Days
Luxury Zambia Safari & River Camp - 5 Days

See the best of Lusaka and Livingstone on this luxurious 5-day itinerary. Start with a night in a gorgeous boutique hotel in Lusaka, then transfer to Lilayi to visit the Elephant Orphanage and go on a game dive. Fly to Livingstone and enjoy two nights in a stunning property located on the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy a sunset river cruise and fly over Victoria Falls on an unforgettable helicopter flight.

Leopard in Luangwa
Map of Zambia National Parks - 13 Days
Zambia National Parks - 13 Days

This adventurous itinerary is perfect for travelers who prefer to explore off the beaten track. Go on game drives in South Luangwa and the remote Luambe National Park, where the small-group accommodations mean you'll enjoy the full park to yourselves. End the trip in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park in a luxury camp set on the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River.

Orphaned Elephants at Lilayi
Map of Lilayi & South Luangwa Safari in Zambia - 7 Days
Lilayi & South Luangwa Safari in Zambia - 7 Days

Visit the Lilayi Elephant Sanctuary, go on a safari game drive, and see Africa's incredible natural landscapes on this 7-day adventure itinerary. You'll see the baby elephants and explore the African bush, then stay in restful and comfortable accommodations at night. Round out your trip with a visit to the Kuanda village to learn about the local people and culture.

Safari in Zambia
Map of Highlights of Zambia: Victoria Falls & South Luangwa - 7 Days
Highlights of Zambia: Victoria Falls & South Luangwa - 7 Days

In this 7-day tour, you will explore some of Zambia's most astonishing natural gems. You will begin the adventure canoeing and sunset cruising on the Zambezi River—the fourth-longest in the entire African continent! Then, you'll be able to enjoy another fluvial wonder: the breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Finally, you will have three thrilling nights on safari at South Luangwa National Park. Keep your eyes open for zebras, elephants, lions, and more.

A fireplace at a safari lodge
Map of Ultimate Zambia Safari - 10 Days
Ultimate Zambia Safari - 10 Days

Adventurous, nature-loving travelers will love this itinerary that focuses on two of the top national parks in Zambia—South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi. You will be able to explore three different camps in South Luangwa before heading to the quiet camp at Lower Zambezi camp that only allows for 20 guests at a time. If you want an insider's safari experience with opportunities to visit areas that most tourists never see, this trip is designed for you.

Leopard in Kafue National Park
Map of Zambia Safari Adventure: Livingstone & Kafue - 7 Days
Zambia Safari Adventure: Livingstone & Kafue - 7 Days

Make your dreams of a multi-day safari come true with this relaxed and flexible itinerary. You'll begin and end in the town of Livingstone where you'll have the opportunity to see the magnificent Victoria Falls before heading to a safari camp within the stunning Kafue National Park for three nights of safari drives and exploration. Travelers who prefer an off-the-beaten-path experience will love this quiet and uncrowded park's distinct landscapes.

Zambia Travel Maps

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Luxury Zambia Safari & River Camp - 5 Days
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Experience Zambia - South Luangwa, Luambe & Lower Zambezi
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Zambia Safari - Lilayi & South Luangwa
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Zambia
Travel specialist Stephanie Louw
active 1 day ago

Stephanie Louw

I am a junior consultant at African Travel Gateway. Where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client...

Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 18 hours ago

Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

Travel specialist Taf Chindove
active 13 hours ago

Taf Chindove

I am a consultant for Salty.Travel and have always wanted to travel the world. Having been to most of Southern Africa, I am itching to share my travel experiences. This is my passion and nothing...

Travel specialist Petru van Zyl
active 1 day ago

Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury...


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