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THE PERFECT SAFARI DESTINATION


To explore Zambia is to step back into Africa as it was meant to be. Often described as the ‘real’ Africa, Zambia has been relatively untouched by humans and is famed for its huge protected wilderness areas, its natural landscapes and, arguably, the most diverse range of animals and birds in Africa.

Set on the high plateau of the tropical belt of south-central Africa, 1300 metres above sea level, Zambia boasts 19 National Parks including two of the largest in Africa in Luangwa and Kafue; two of Africa’s great rivers in the Zaire and the Zambezi; the vast man-made ‘inland sea’ of Lake Kariba; and the magnificent Victoria Falls. The capital is Lusaka, the fastest growing city in central Africa and a stepping stone for discovering the country.

The mighty Zambezi River runs through the country and its name, along with Victoria Falls, evoke images of the wilds of Africa. Livingstone, near Victoria Falls, has much to interest the visitor including fascinating museums and a number of cultural villages. The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls are known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or the “Smoke that Thunders” and this is fitting for the Zambezi dramatically plunges some 120 metres into a vast gorge creating a spray that rises over 500 metres into the sky.

The Lower Zambezi area is refuge to an abundance of wildlife & birdlife and offers various styles of safari including walking and canoe safaris, which enable one to get close to the wildlife in its natural habitat.

The size of Wales, Kafue is one of the world’s largest National Parks. It has an amazing diversity of eco-systems and a profusion of wildlife and is definitely one of the most interesting and rewarding parks in Africa.

Luangwa National Park offers some of the best game viewing in Africa and provides the rare opportunity of guided walking safaris. The Luangwa Valley forms part of the Great Rift Valley with the valley floor nestling some 800 metres below the surrounding plateau. The valley is dissected by the impressive Luangwa River and is sanctuary to a great profusion of wildlife. North Luangwa is less well-known but offers a unique wilderness experience. Primarily a woodland park it is renowned for its huge herds of buffalo as well as a great variety of other mammals.

Other parks of note include Nyika National Park and Nsumbu, which boasts 180km of Lake Tanganyika’s shoreline.

Zambia is wild but inviting and a must for any serious safari enthusiasts.


    • Flight Time:Approx. 10 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +1 hours
           
            • Language: English, Bemba, Nyanja & other Bantu dialects
               
                • Currency: Zambian Kwacha
                   
                    • Area: 290,500 sq miles
                       
                        • Population: Approx. 14 million
                           
                            • Capital: Lusaka

During the summer months (Oct-Apr) days are hot and generally sunny in the morning with possible afternoon thunder showers and warm to cool evenings. The rainy season is Nov-Mar. During the winter (May-Sept) days are dry, sunny and cool to warm. Low-lying areas such as the Zambezi and Luangwe Valleys and Victoria Falls can also be considerably warmer all year round.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The dry season is the best time to visit Zambia and occurs from May to August. This is the coolest time of the year, with temperatures averaging 25-30°C during the day but it can drop and be quite cold at at night. This is when the safari season, including walking safaris, is in full swing and when Victoria Falls are at their fullest. From September to November the temperatures soar to late 30’s°C and the game reserves and parks get very dry and dusty. However, if you can bear the intense heat then it is a good time for safaris as wildlife congregates in large numbers around the any watering holes. The rains then come between December to April and can come in short sharp showers or it can rain constantly for a few days. A number of the safari lodges close, particularly in the South Luangwa. Temperatures are pleasant and it can be a good time to visit the Falls.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. Also a valid Yellow Fever certificate will be required for any clients entering South Africa (even in transit) AFTER entering Zambia. Applies to all persons over 1 year old.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if travelling to Zambia via South Africa. Visas for British passport holders can be granted upon arrival into Zambia and currently cost USD $50. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them.


OUR TOP PICKS

 

SANCTUARY CHICHELE LODGE – ZAMBIA

Chichele occupies one of the most breathtaking sites in the South Luangwa National Park. Chichele was formerly a private Presidential retreat and has a magnificent hilltop site and exploits the wonderful floodplain vistas offered.
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ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE – ZAMBIA

Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River at one of the rivers widest points and is a striking combination of contemporary style, luxury and comfort in an area rich in wildlife.
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SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA – ZAMBIA

A luxury river property named after David Livingstone’s faithful friends and pallbearers. Located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, this property lays claim to the best views of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side, during the dry season.
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WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

VICTORIA FALLS

The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls are known locally as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" which translates as the "Smoke that Thunders" and this is fitting for the Zambezi River dramatically plunges some 120 metres into a vast gorge creating a spray that rises over 500 metres into the sky.
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LOWER ZAMBEZI

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River and is opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, meaning that the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi is a pristine wildlife sanctuary. Human intrusion levels are relatively low and game viewing is very good.
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LUANGWA VALLEY

The South Luangwa National Park is regarded as one of the most exciting game reserves in the world and the Luangwa Valley is home for a huge variety of animals and birdlife. The North Luangwa National Park is a remote tract of land that offers one of the finest wilderness experiences in Africa.
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KAFUE

The Kafue National Park is located in the centre of western Zambia and is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks, covering a huge area of 22,500 sq km's making it one of the largest game sanctuaries in Africa.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF ZAMBIA

This is an 10 night Zambia Itinerary , travelling through the most amazing areas of Zambia’s habitats. You will be visiting the South Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park and then visit the great Zambezi River plunging over the Victoria Falls.
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ZAMBIAS MIGHTY ZAMBEZI

This trip is your chance to explore the wonders of the Zambezi River in Zambia. You will be staying in two luxury accommodations along the Zambezi River with chances to visit one of the seven wonders of the world 'Victoria Falls' along with many other activities within the resorts.
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WATERS OF THE WILD

Luxury 5 star get away to Botswana and Zambia, you will be explore some of the wildlife the major parks and areas of Botswana has to offer, along with staying in some of the top accommodation. You will end your holiday with a magnificent trip to Zambia.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Zambia. Call us on 01778 382764.