​Safety & Security – Zambia

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Zambia is, in our opinion, a safe country to visit, especially when on an organized safari. If driving independently, always get local advice on the road conditions and recommended routes. Never underestimate driving times or drive at night.

Below are tips on staying safe in Zambia.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

If you listen to your guide’s instructions, you’ll be very safe on safari. Always follow the rules of the park and respect wild animals. When on a self-drive safari, only leave your car where it has been designated as safe to do so. For additional tips:

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

As in most big cities in the world, there is some crime in Zambia’s cities. Most incidents are minor, such as petty theft and pickpocketing. You are unlikely to encounter any trouble on guided tours. When venturing out in the city unguided, it helps to take some simple safety precautions: seek advice from your hotel about the area; take a taxi after dark; don’t wear any valuables; and only take the money you need with you. For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Zambia and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Zambia.

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