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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

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 and never underestimate driving times or drive at night.

Below are tips on staying safe in Zambia.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

As long as 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 and Towns

As in most big cities in the world, there is a fair amount of 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; don’t wear any valuables and only take the money you need with you; take a taxi after dark. 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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