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Known by many as the place where the walking safari began, going on safari in Zambia is an adventure that can be akin to the African bushcamp safaris from fifty years ago. Remote Zambia safari camps operate during the dry season and keep guest numbers small to maximize the experience. Zambia's South Luangwa National Park is a popular destination 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 tops your safari with spectacular views of one of the world's great wonders. Contact one of our African safari experts for help planning the perfect Zambia tour. 
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Lower Zambezi National Park$51095Sep 29, 2022Explore Lower Zambezi National Park on a 5-day safari tour with a stay at Sausage Tree Camp. Stay in a luxury bush camp as you observe wildlife in …
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Kafue Explorer$43008Sep 29, 2022Spend a week on safari in Kafue National Park, one of the largest in all of Africa. Spend two nights at the Mukambi Safari Lodge, two nights at Fig …
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South Luangwa National Park$24955Sep 29, 2022Experience the wildlife of South Luangwa National Park on a Zambia safari tour. Spend four nights inside the park and see firsthand why this is the …
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Victoria Falls at Tongabezi Lodge$16543Sep 29, 2022Enjoy two nights in Livingstone to tour Victoria Falls while on your Zambia safari. Stay at the comfortable Tongabezi Lodge and explore Victoria …
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Wildlife and the Falls$1369513Oct 2, 2022Enjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 4-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg and 3 …
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Stars of South Africa$1449515Sep 30, 2022This two-week adventure combines a stay in Cape Town, a river cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen, and a stay in the private Tintswalo Atlantic game …
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Rivers & Rails of Africa$1489513Sep 30, 2022This 13-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 …
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Discover Africa$1089910Sep 30, 2022From the luxurious Zambezi Queen, this 10-day Africa river cruise showcases the best of South Africa & Botswana, including wildlife viewing, stops in …
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Victoria Falls Extension$9963Sep 29, 2022Spend two nights in Livingstone, Zambia on this extension to visit thundering Victoria Falls. Relax in comfort at the Royal Livingstone Hotel and …
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Luxury Botswana Safari$1657412Sep 29, 2022Experience Botswana and Victoria Falls in luxury on our 12-day safari tour. Accompanied by private guides, explore Mokoro on the Okavango Delta, get …
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Lower Zambezi National Park$51095Sep 29, 2022Explore Lower Zambezi National Park on a 5-day safari tour with a stay at Sausage Tree Camp. Stay in a luxury bush camp as you observe wildlife in …
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Wildlife and the Falls$1369513Oct 2, 2022Enjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 4-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg and 3 …
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Rivers & Rails of Africa$1489513Sep 30, 2022This 13-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 …
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Luxury Botswana Safari$1657412Sep 29, 2022Experience Botswana and Victoria Falls in luxury on our 12-day safari tour. Accompanied by private guides, explore Mokoro on the Okavango Delta, get …
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Golden Trails of Africa$1649517Oct 2, 2022Explore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day safari cruise! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the Serengeti …
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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 Zambia tours 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, and are home to the renowned "Devil's Pool" on the very edge of the falls.
  • 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.
How much does a Zambia cost?

Zambia tour costs in 2022 range in price from $2,495 to $16,573 for journeys of 5 to 12 days

Depending on the level of accommodation provided by the tented camps and lodges, the average cost per night for a mid-range Zambia safari is $350, while a luxury safari costs $1,350.





 
Best Time to Plan your Safari to Zambia

June through September are the best times to take a safari in Zambia, though it is definitely an excellent destination year-round.

The dry season is from May through October, which is when you’ll have a great chance to enjoy the cooler winter temperatures while catching a great look at the animals congregating around the waterways on your daily safari expeditions.
 
Top Safari Lodges & Tent Camps in Zambia
With over 21 lodges to choose from in various regions of Zambia, you certainly have your options when you're planning your Zambia tour. 
Zambia Fun facts

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 (Wildlife!) You Can Expect to See in Zambia by Region
When you take a Zambia safari, you will see all kinds of wildlife that call these majestic plains their home:

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

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

Victoria Falls RegionBuffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Wildebeest
Is it better to visit Victoria Falls from Zambia or Zimbabwe?

The Zimbabwean side offers the best views of the falls, particularly during the dry season. Low water season is also the ideal time to explore Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool or Angel's Pool, which is only possible from the Zambian side.

Can I combine a Zambia safari and a tour to Victoria Falls?

Enjoy a Victoria Falls tour during your Zambia safari by staying two nights at a comfortable hotel in Livingstone, the country's capital.

What is the best time of year to visit Victoria Falls?

The best time to see Victoria Falls is between February and May, following the summer rains, when the world's largest sheet of cascading water is at its most powerful.

Zambia Travel 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.

Is it safe to travel to Zambia?

For the most part, Zambia is a safe place to visit. However, there is a significant crime rate in the city, primarily due to the people's poverty. You should be on the lookout for robbers and take every precaution to keep your belongings safe.

Zambians are generally kind, although you should avoid walking at night in strange or poorly lit places, typical in Zambia due to its few street lights. Drinking at night or visiting drunken spots is not a good idea. Women shouldn't go to bars alone or be out at night.
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