From breathtaking walking safaris and white-water rafting to seeing one of the world’s largest waterfalls, a holiday in Zambia bursts with adventure and natural beauty. A trip to Zambia isn’t complete without experiencing the thundering clash of its magnificent Victoria Falls. Touted as one of the world’s largest waterfalls, the tumbling cascading curtain of water that stretches along the Zambia and Zimbabwe border is truly spell-bounding. It’s also a fantastic playground for adrenaline sports such as white-water rafting, kayaking, river boarding and jet boating. Whichever way you choose to experience it, the famous Victoria Falls should be at the top of your Zambia holiday’s must-see list.
On safari in Zambia
From watching a herd of elephants quench their thirst at the riverside with hippos wallowing in the mud pools to catching a glimpse of a lioness with her cubs, a safari in one of Zambia’s national parks is truly magical. South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia has been heralded as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. With more than 60 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, it’s the perfect place for a walking safari. From the graceful giraffes, intriguing Cape buffaloes, to herds of elephants, hippos, zebras and lions, standing in the stillness and watching the wild creatures go about their day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Nature lovers will also love the unspoilt wilderness of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It’s famous for its big game - elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, as well as lions, leopards and the African wild dog. What makes this park a safari hotspot is the concentration of wildlife that congregate around the Lower Zambezi Valley and the Zambezi River. For up-close encounters with the animals you can enjoy a river cruise or even a canoe trip! It’s not unusual to come face to face with a pod of hippos peering cautiously above the water’s surface or drift silently past a buffalo as he cools off in the river. With a plethora of wildlife, vast savannahs and winding waterways to discover, Zambia is the perfect place for a safari holiday.
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If you don’t already feel an affection for Southern Africa, we’re sure you will once you’ve landed in Zambia. Famed for its walking safaris, this landlocked country offers unrivalled game viewing opportunities. Amazingly, 30 percent of the land is inhabited by wildlife. Stay in stunning safari lodges and enjoy Zambia's unspoilt, rugged beauty.
Nothing quite prepares you for seeing Victoria Falls, the 1,688-metre-wide waterfall that straddles the Zambian border. It will blow you away when you walk through its vast spray, which can travel for up to 30 miles. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit in the dry season and take a dip in Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool that forms at the edge of the waterfall.
Safaris and National Parks
The safari guides in Zambia are some of the most highly-trained in Africa, so you can rest assured you're in for a mesmerising game-viewing experiences here. South Luangwa National Park is among the best places to spot the elusive cheetah alongside roaming elephants and hippos in the great Zambezi River.
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Expect warm sunny weather all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 25°C. Zambia has a wet and dry season. The wet season runs from December to March and Zambia’s dry season runs from May to October. The peak safari season coincides with the dry season running from June to October. During the drier months the animals will congregate around watering holes, making wildlife encounters more guaranteed. The months following the wet season (March to May ) are when Victoria Falls is at its fullest and most spectacular.
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“For the perfect platform to get up close to wildlife, take a boat cruise along the Zambezi River at sunset. Whether it’s a casual drink or a lazy mud bath, you’ll enjoy spotting the many birds, giraffes, elephants and hippos who visit the river at this time of day. Not to mention, the explosion of colours that fill the skies with Zambia’s incredible sunsets. ”
“If you want to stay right on the falls, book your stay at the luxury Royal Livingstone Hotel. Set right alongside the mighty Zambezi River, it's only a 15 minute walk to the falls. Definitely take a canoeing safari either on the Upper Zambezi River or Lower Zambezi River. You’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery and spotting Zambia’s diverse wildlife along the way.”
“Make your trip extra special with a memorable sunset Zambezi cruise – where you'll spot a whole host of wildlife, including zebras, hippos and elephants.”
Events & Festivals
Zambia offers a selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites:
This 300-year-old festival is celebrated by the Lozi people to mark the end of the rainy season. In the summer months, the chief (the Litunga) of the Lozi people will head to higher ground travelling from Lealui to Limulunga. The chief dressed in a Victorian ambassador costume takes a six-hour barge journey along the Zambezi river. It is rowed by several of his tribesmen and features a model elephant on the top of the barge. His subjects and visitors line the shores of the Zambezi river and music and feasting is enjoyed by all.
This is one of Zambia’s oldest ceremonies dating back 500 years when the Nkoyo people lived in the region. Taking place in June, July or August in Kaoma in the Zambezi basin area, towns and villages comes alive with dance, music and other ancient practices.
Likumbi Lya Mize
Every August, this four-day festival takes place on both sides of the Zambezi River with market stalls selling fabrics, metalwork, baskets, and carvings. There is lots of entertainment including masked Makishi dancers and performers acting out mythological events. The festival concludes with a royal Makishi parade for the chief.
Western cuisine is widely available in Zambia, but there is also the chance to taste its traditional fare. Zambia’s staple is maize and you’ll find Nshima (a stiff porridge) is part of every Zambian meal. Dried fish, meat relish and seasonal vegetables are all used to create the unique Zambian food with caterpillars and flying ants being a popular delicacy too. Here are a few of our favourite dishes to try on holiday in Zambia:
Eaten daily in rural area, this stiff porridge is made from ground maize. A thinned down version is eaten for breakfast with sugar and butter.
This relish is made from boiled meat or fish with green vegetables and it is often served with nshima.
This vegetarian dish is made from wild orchid tubers, peanuts, chilli, and baking soda. It is cooked until it forms a meatloaf consistency and can be eaten hot or cold.
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