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) $202 to $1,117 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

Zambia Safari Reviews

  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

Wildlife

You can see lots of safari favorites in Zambia, like the elephant, zebra, hippo and buffalo. You also have a good chance of seeing lions and leopards, and the wetland antelope known as the lechwe. The white rhino and black rhino only live in a couple of Zambian parks and are very hard to find. You’d also be lucky to see a magnificent cheetah, or a wild dog. But imagine how you’d feel if you did see one of these rare animals.

Weather & Climate

The rain can pelt down in Zambia’s Wet season (November to April), which can affect outdoor activities. The humidity is bad at this time of year making it unpleasant to spend long periods outdoors. In the Dry season (May to October) it stays warm, building up to hot just before the season changes. But from June, mornings can get quite chilly. You’ll need to wrap yourself up in thick clothes for early-morning game drives.

Best Time to Visit

The downpours in the Wet season (November to April) have a habit of cutting off road access, which makes getting around really hard. Also, no-one likes to get soaked on safari. Which means that many of the parks close at this time – though not South Luangwa. Wildlife watching is much more pleasant in the Dry season (May to October), when there’s hardly any rain and the animals are easily found at rivers and waterholes.

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Zambia Safari Reviews

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  • Bush Vibe
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  • Birding
Most Helpful Expert Review
Expert
Stephen Cunliffe  –  
South Africa ZA

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

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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Halley  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Nov 30, 2019
Beautiful spot on the River
4/5

The safari overall was spectacular, just so much fun seeing all the animals in their natural habitats. The time we were there (mid October) was very hot, we felt it and so did the animals. So because of the heat many of the animals were not...

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