Overview – Zambia

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

In Zambia, you’ll be looked after on safari by some of the best guides in Africa. They’ll happily share everything they know about the local wildlife and landscape, while safely leading you on game drives, walking safaris, even canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River.

Rates (USD) $181 to $1,198 pp/day
Best Time to Go May to September (all parks)
High Season July to October (not crowded, except Victoria Falls)
Size 752,618km² / 290,587mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent guiding
  • One of Africa’s best walking safari destinations
  • Good wildlife viewing
  • True wilderness experience
  • Eco-friendly bushcamps
  • Not crowded with tourists
  • A chance to see Victoria Falls
  • Not much to do apart from safaris
  • Relatively expensive safari destination

Zambia Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

Across Zambia, you’ll find lots of safari favorites such as elephant, zebra, hippo and buffalo. Lions and leopards also keep a fairly high profile here. That said, it’ll be a challenge to find any rhino, either white or black, which are confined to a handful of parks. Similarly, cheetah and wild dogs aren’t easy to find. In marsh-dominated regions, keep your eyes peeled for the lechwe, a wetland antelope.

Weather & Climate

During the country’s Wet season (November to April), the rain can pelt down, bringing most outdoor activities to a standstill. Stifling humidity is also an issue at this time of year. In the Dry season (May to October), temperatures remain warm, building to hot just before the season changes. From June, mornings can get quite chilly and you’ll need to wrap yourself up in plenty of thick clothing to ward off the cold.

Best Time to Visit

The rainfall that can pour down during the Wet season (November to April) has a habit of cutting off road access, which makes getting around difficult. For this reason, and because of the generally soaked conditions, many of the country’s parks close – though a notable exception is South Luangwa. Wildlife watching is more pleasant in the Dry season (May to October), when there’s hardly any rain to be seen, and animals are easily found at local rivers and waterholes.

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Zambia Safari Reviews

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Africa’s Hottest Safari Option
5/5

It is only in the last decade that Zambia burst back onto the African safari scene, re-building its safari reputation on the back of some epic national parks and outstanding wildlife. Anyone even vaguely familiar with Zambia and its...

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Naghirah  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Feb 2, 2020
5/5

Everything was real u see the wildlife, the vegetation so green the waters so blue which makes the scenery beautiful

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