In southern Zambia, you will find what is undeniably one of the most beautiful sites in all of Africa: Victoria Falls, which plunge 108 metres down into the Batoka Gorge, not far from Livingstone. This diverse country also offers wildlife safari tours in its South Luangwa National Park, or take a trip to Lake Tanganyika - the longest freshwater lake in the world.
“Our small group of seven travellers had the most amazing time with so many wonderful experiences. Canoeing down the Zambezi was a highlight as was seeing leopards and African wild dogs. We felt totally safe at all times and throughout the trip we had the opportunity to interact with local people. Everything was well organised and our two guides were faultless. The food was fantastic. Our only criticism was that the mattresses were a bit thin for older bones!”
If when you think of Africa you think of safaris, a trip to Zambia is for you. Home to unparalleled natural beauty, including Victoria Falls (one of the seven natural wonders of the world), Zambia is full of untouched wilderness waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for thrilling adventure (bungee jumping, anyone?) or luxurious camps and safari lodges, Zambia is the alternative traveler’s paradise.
Take a safari tour through South Luangwa National Park for some of the continent’s best views of big game
Swim the rapids from Livingstone Island to exhilarating Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls (if you dare!)
Experience the serenity of the Zambezi River with a sunset cruise (or the party-like atmosphere, depending on your tour provider!)
Sip on high tea with the zebras at the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Hotel
Seek the ultimate thrill by bungee jumping off of Victoria Falls Bridge
If spotting wildlife is your number one priority for your trip to Zambia, it’s best to visit during the dry season (between May and November). Avoiding the rainy season means safari camps are more likely to be open.
Love trying new things? Try snacking on crispy caterpillars or worms - served grilled from street cars across the country.
Zambians are conservative and most strictly adhere to the Christian faith. Don’t be surprised to find locals carrying Bibles around. Women should not wear revealing clothing, and same sex relations is not openly discussed.
While most wild animals tend to be confined to Zambia’s national parks, do keep an eye out for snakes on your holiday in Zambia. Elephants are also known to roam into town (looking for mangoes) and startle easily.
Petty crime (i.e. stealing) is pretty common in Zambia. Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings and, as always, keep your wits about you.