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Known by many as the place where the walking safari began, going on safari in Zambia is an adventure akin to the African bushcamp safaris from fifty years ago. Remote and intimate safari camps operate during the dry season and keep guest numbers small to maximize the experience. Zambia's premier South Luangwa National Park is a popular destiation and the northern Busanga Plains of Kafue attract those looking for a unique safari adventure. Kafue National Park is the second largest wildlife park of its kind in all of Africa. The thundering Victoria Falls along the border with Zimbabwe also likes to sometimes surprise a fellow visitor with unwanted spray! Contact one of our African safari experts for help planning the perfect trip to Zimbabwe.

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Rivers & Rails of Africa$1559514RelaxedThis 14-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise aboard the comfortable Zambezi Queen, a safari in Chobe National Park, and a stay …
Wildlife and the Falls$1549514RelaxedEnjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 5-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights …
Golden Trails of Africa$1549517RelaxedExplore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day combination tour! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the …

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Highlights of Zambia
From the powerful Victoria Falls to the expansive Busanga Plains, Zambia captures a unique and diverse part of Africa's heart. Our tours here feature destinations such as:
  • Zambezi National Park – Take a classic safari in a scarce-visited wildlife park, where you are sure to see buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and antelope on your daily excursions from your luxury bushcamp.
  • South Luangwa National Park – In addition to the other animals you'll see on game drives, the rivers are home to healthy populations of hippos and crocodiles!
  • Kuzuma Forest – Bird watching, guided bush walks, spa treatments, cultural tours, and fishing trips complement the game drives you can do here.
  • Victoria Falls – Sharing a border with Zimbabwe, these impressive record-holding waterfalls are considered the most beautiful in the world.
  • Busanga Plains of Kafue – Another classic yet isolated destination for a safari adventure, where you'll see large herds of puku, red lechwe, and smaller groups of blue wildebeest and zebra.
Zambia FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Zambia?
You will need a passport with 6 months of validity and a tourist visa which you can obtain at the port of entry into the country. If you are visiting for just a day on another tour, you can get a special one-day admission permit as well.

Is tipping customary in Zambia?
Tipping is not customary in most situations in Zambia - resataurants that expect gratuities will usually include the service charge in the bill; otherwise feel free to leave up to 10%. Guides, drivers, and porters definitely appreciate tips that range from $5-20 based on the service you got, however taxi drivers and bartenders generally don't expect tips.

What is internet access like in Zambia?
While in Zambia, you should not expect to have internet. It is possible that public areas or higher end hotels will have a connection or WiFi, but we can't promise anything since most of our expeditions are based in the more isolated areas of the country where civilization (and internet) is far away.

Can I use my cell phone while in Zambia?
The Zambia tours are frequently out of range of cell towers, making it unrealistic to expect that you will be able to use your cell phone throughout most (or all) of your Zambia tour.

Do I need power adapters?
Zambia has 220-240v power and has a combination of outlets that will be either British Type G, Indian Type D, or European Type C. You should have all three styles of plug adapters, and if your device is a 110v device that cannot accept 220v power, you should also have a step down converter.

What are the toilets like in Zambia?
While many of our featured accommodations are "bushcamps," you'll still have modern western style bowl toilets at all lodges and camps. Do be careful to throw the waste paper in the waste basket instead of the toilet bowl though.

Can I drink the water in Zambia?
You should not drink the water in Zambia. Only consume water that is bottled or filtered, which will be provided by your tour operator.

Are credit cards accepted in Zambia? Will I be able to find ATMs?
You probably won't find many (or any) ATMs or card-accepting businesses while you're in Zambia, so bring enough cash for any gifts or tips and then enjoy the fact that Adventure Life offers all-inclusive tours!

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Absolutely. This is something that could save you thousands in an unexpected event, so check our deals via TravelGuard on the Once You're Booked page.
Top Lodges & Safari Camps in Zambia
With over 21 lodges to choose from in various regions of Zambia, you certainly have your options. And all of our featured hotels, lodges, and camps guarantee a comfortable experience. A few of the hotels on our highlighted tours include:
Prior to 1964, Zambia was actually called Northern Rhodesia. Its current name derives from the Zambezi River.

Although the capital city of Lusaka currently hosts 1.5 million residents, its original designs accommodated just 200,000.

Zambia is 600 miles from the closest ocean. 

There is a constant rainbow that encompasses Victoria Falls during the day.

Victoria Falls is the world's largest (and most beautiful in the opinion of many) waterfall, earning it a spot on the list of the 7 wonders of the natural world.

The massive Kafue National Park still has areas that remain unexplored by man. It is also an excellent place to see antelope and perhaps even the elusive leopards.
Game You Can Expect to See in Zambia (by region)

Hwange: Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, White Rhino, Wild dog

Lower Zambezi: Buffalo, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion

Victoria Falls Region: Buffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Wildebeest

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