Zambia Holidays: an Overview

In what is often referred to as 'real Africa', Zambia holidays offer a great combination of wildlife, adventure activities and scenic splendour.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • There are few safari sights as majestic as watching elephants crossing the Luangwa River or herds of buffalo up to 1,000 strong
  • Zambia is the place for anyone interested in adrenaline activities, with Victoria Falls the home of a wide range of adrenaline rush-inducing adventures from bungee jumping to white-water rafting
  • Get hooked on tiger fishing on the huge Zambezi River whilst watching the sun set - it's unforgettable

Luxury Holidays and Safaris in Zambia: the Detail

Zambia has an incredible natural heritage, with some of Africa's finest game reserves, huge areas of raw wilderness, the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country's national parks are acknowledged as offering some of the best big game viewing on the continent, and are also renowned for their abundant bird-life.

The Lower Zambezi region is famous for its large herds of elephant and a sizeable population of the rare African wild dog, while the Luangwa Valley, which marks the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the continent's great unspoilt wildernesses. Its ox-bow lagoons, plains and woodlands host huge concentrations of game - including leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 400 species of birds. From learning about the lives of termites to tracking buffalo and discovering unusual plants such as the sausage tree, a walking safari here represents a wildlife experience second to none.

Did you know

  • Zambia's national bird is the fish eagle
  • Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia until 1964
  • A popular food in Zambia is 'nshima', a thick cornmeal mash
  • More than 72 languages and dialects are spoken across Zambia
  • 750 different species of birds can be found in the country

Meanwhile, for anyone in search of a truly secret African destination, just 400 visitors a year make it to the Liuwa Plains, yet this region is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration (upwards of 65,000 on the move) in the world, plus superb birding opportunities and blossoming cheetah and wild dog populations.

Wildlife aside, Zambia is also home to one of the greatest sights in nature - the Victoria Falls, known by the much more apt name of Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the smoke that thunders') to the local Kololo tribe who first showed them to David Livingstone. When the Zambezi is in flood, the spray from the mile-wide falls as they plunge into the gorge below can be seen from miles away. The falls are a focus for all kinds of hair-raising activities, from white-water rafting to bungee jumping and the original gorge swing. Upstream, more sedate pastimes include canoe safaris and picnics on river islands.


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Evening boat trip on the Lower Zambezi

I strongly recommend a boat trip along the Lower Zambezi in the evening sun, with a coolbox on board and fishing rod over the side of the boat. Even if you don’t think you enjoy fishing, I urge you to try it!

Eleanor, Original Traveller

A note on price

A ten day or two week luxury safari holiday to Zambia could start from £4,500 per person including flights, but can reach up to £9,000 per person depending on accommodation choices. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 22°C / 71°F
  • Rainfall — 21cm / 8.5 inches
Language

English

Currency

Zambian Kwacha

Visa Requirements

Required, and can be got on arrival

Religion

Christian

Food & Drink

Nshima (cooked porridge, made from ground maize); Zambezi lager

What to pack

Comfortable walking shoes or boots for excellent walking safaris

Flight from London

9:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Zambia

Reflections in the Zambezi River at sunset

Lower Zambezi National Park

Zambia

Often described as the 'real' Africa, much of enormous and land-locked Zambia is wilderness, but what wilderness.

Where to go

Liuwa Plain Set Departure Safari

Liuwa Plain Set Departure Safari

Liuwa Plain

As Liuwa Plain is so remote and difficult to get to, the only way to access this National Park is by travelling with an experienced safari guide who knows the area and his team of well trained camp staff. To make it more affordable, they run set departure safaris which run on fixed dates and take a maximum of six guests or will take up to eight guests if one wants to book a completely exclusive safari.

What to do

Islands of Siankaba

Islands of Siankaba

Victoria Falls & Kafue

As locations go, these six secluded chalets and a restaurant linked by a footbridge and overhead walkways on two untouched islands in the Zambezi River are pretty hard to beat.

Where to stay

Activities at Victoria Falls

Activities at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls & Kafue

The Victoria Falls has long had a reputation for being the adventure capital of Africa and for the more adventurous visitor there are plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities for you to try your hand at between touring the Victoria Falls and taking a gentle sunset cruise along the Zambezi River from your luxury lodge.

What to do

Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House

Lower Zambezi National Park

Chongwe River House is a spectacularly designed private house located on the banks of the Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi.

Where to stay

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park

Chiawa Camp is a family-run camp occupying a prime position in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Where to stay

Chongwe River Camp

Chongwe River Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park

Chongwe River Camp is a luxurious family-owned-and-run bush camp in the Lower Zambezi region of Zambia.

Where to stay

Tangala

Tangala

Victoria Falls & Kafue

A stylish private house that is ideal for families or a group of friends looking for complete privacy while visiting the Victoria Falls.

Where to stay

Zambezi Queen

Zambezi Queen

Victoria Falls & Kafue

The two and three day river cruises on the Zambezi Queen offer a unique and wonderful way of viewing all the wonders the Chobe River has to offer.

Where to stay

Zebras in South Luangwa National Park

The South Luangwa

Zambia

Zambia's Luangwa Valley marks the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and is one of Africa’s great unspoilt wildernesses.

Where to go

Tongabezi

Tongabezi

Victoria Falls & Kafue

Tongabezi Lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, 12 miles upstream and a world away from the Victoria Falls.

Where to stay

Liuwa Plain

Liuwa Plain

Zambia

The Liuwa Plain is an immense wilderness area in Zambia, brimming with birds and home to huge numbers of animals.

Where to go

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