Delve into the heart of Africa in Zambia: where wildlife lies in abundance and the views are simply spectacular.
Be in awe of the mighty Victoria Falls and step into Zambia's wilderness on a walking safari to witness the Big Five in their most natural habitat. For a completely different perspective of the plain's inhabitants, take yourself on a river cruise down the Zambezi River, or go white water rafting along the wild rapids. Zambia will welcome you with open arms; the perfect place to escape normality.
Zambia’s tropical climate is warmest and driest from May to October. Victoria Falls is between peak and low flow and game is easier to spot with lower vegetation and animals gathering around the Zambezi River. September and October are the hottest months.
We love visiting Zambia from June to September, when the weather is fine and the spray produced by the spectacular Victoria Falls settles down, improving visibility so you can view them in all their thundering glory.
The rainy season falls between November and April. At this time of year many safari camps will close as roads can become impassable. If you are prepared for some rain though, November is a good value month to visit Zambia.
There are a number of airlines flying from the UK to Livingstone, Zambia via Johannesburg, South Africa. The fastest flight time (dependent on connections) is approximately 13 hrs, 25 minutes.
Direct Carriers: There are no direct flights from the UK to Zambia.
Indirect Carriers: British Airways, South African Airways.
Tipping in hotels has been abolished by law, but 10 percent or so may be expected or included in bills elsewhere.
Before travelling, you should ensure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diptheria, Tetanus, Hepititis A and Polio. Also recommended are Typhoid, Meningitis, Tuberculosis and anti malarial protection. Passengers travelling between South Africa and Zambia (both directions) are no longer required to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (Feb 2015). Always consult your GP for up to date vaccination requirements for the country and area you are visiting.
British passport holders require a visa to enter Zambia. Single entry visas can be obtained on arrival for $50, while double entry visas will cost $80. Multiple entry visas must be obtained in advance of travel. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Zambia and have two blank pages. Please contact the Botswana High Commission for up to date country and visa information.
The official currency is the Zambian Kwacha. This is a closed currency, which means it is only available in Zambia. When you get there, you can buy Zambian Kwacha at banks and currency exchanges. Remember to spend or change them back before you leave the country.
Most hotels, restaurants, and larger shops accept credit cards. Cash machines are available in major towns and traveller's cheques are widely accepted.