Safety & Security – 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.

Zambia is generally a safe country to visit, in our opinion. This is even more so if your visit is primarily an organized safari. Around 800,000 tourists visit Zambia every year, and most visits are trouble-free.

As with many third-world countries, theft and muggings are relatively common, but most incidents are in cities – Lusaka and Livingstone in particular. Expatriates have been the victim of armed robberies in Livingstone, the Copperbelt, and elsewhere, but tourists on an organized safari tend to be shielded from these kinds of risks. Walking unaccompanied through most large urban areas is not recommended, especially at night. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel or an organized visit to one of the many attractions in or around the city is fine. Traveling or driving at night is not recommended.

As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:

Governments' Travel Advice

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

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