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All You Need To Know about Zambia Safaris

The stunning scenery of Zambia is unmatched in Africa, with the majestic Victoria Falls (also known locally as “Mosioa-Tunya”, or The Smoke That Thunders), and the Zambezi River. To help you decide whether it is the ideal safari destination, we have compiled a brief guide.
Best Time to Visit
Zambia

The best time to visit is between May and October, when the rains recede and the bush turns to an amazing golden red. Cooler temperatures make it possible to spend long days walking, and game viewing is more enjoyable. Visit the Victoria Falls between March and June to experience their full potential. This is when the water levels are the highest and most spectacular. White Water Rafting and swimming at the Devil’s Pool’s edge are great activities to do when the water levels drop, which is typically between July and February.

Climate
The dry season runs from May to October. It will generally start colder in May and heat up in September to November. The rainy seasons runs from November to April. It tends be warm all through the year.

Visas
Visas are available upon arrival in Zambia. A UNIVISA is required to visit Victoria Falls. It allows you to see both the Zimbabwean or Zambian sides.

Why and in the Best Areas
The
South Luangwa


Lower Zambezi

These areas are among the most well-known in Zambia for safari. South Luangwa has some of Africa’s best walking safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park runs along the Zambezi River and offers canoeing, fishing and walking trips.
Kafue

It is less popular and attracts fewer tourists each year than its counterparts. However, it offers exceptional game viewing and far fewer people to share the experience. Livingstone is the Zambian side of the incredible Zambian landscape.
Victoria Falls

Weight and luggage restrictions
Because light aircraft are used to travel between reserves, it will be necessary to have a soft-sided bag. This includes hand luggage. The weight limit is not to exceed 20kgs

Medical Advice
Zambia is considered high risk for malaria. It is highly recommended that you get malaria prophylaxis before you travel.

Clothes
Wear neutral clothing in colors such as brown, green, and khaki when you go on safari. These clothes should blend in as best as possible with the bush surroundings. For cooler mornings or evenings, warm trousers and jumpers will be necessary. Layers are essential. The sun rises quickly, so layers are a must. A pair of sturdy safari or walking shoes is also a good choice, as walking in Zambia is so enjoyable and something you should enjoy.

Money and Tipping
A majority of outgoing expenses are already included in the initial payment for a trip. There is therefore very little money that is required. Tipping is encouraged on safari at $5-$10 USD per person, per day, for guides and rangers. The same amount can also be given for a communal staff tip. This tip can be divided among housekeeping and other staff. USD is preferred for tipping. This currency is also recommended for additional expenses such as visas. All additional payments made while in lodges can be made with a credit-card.

Drinking and Dining
While on a Zambia safari, drink and dining should not be taken lightly. There are high standards and great food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all important. There are beautiful dinners in the lodge and lodge’s Boma. However, there are also options for surprise bush dinners, lunch under the African stars and a breakfast in a bush clearing. You can choose from many different dining options at Victoria Falls. Each evening is unique. You can enjoy a dinner cruise along the Zambezi at sunset. If you stay at Tongabezi Lodge, there is a romantic dining experience for two on the pontoon.

Animals
South Luangwa National Park is also known as the ‘Leopard valley’. It offers almost guaranteed sightings during your stay. Kafue hosts a variety of game. If you look over the open plain, many species can be seen from one location. Kafue is also an excellent place to see the Cheetah (one of the most endangered African predators). You can see Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile and Elephant in the Lower Zambezi.

What to pack
A spare memory card, spare batteries, and an adapter for your camera are all essential items for a safari. You should also take sunscreen and insect repellent, along with a sunhat depending on the season. It is a good idea to have a torch, binoculars, and an easy-to-read book, as well as a small bag for all your personal belongings.

Where to Stay
Zambia is a great place to stay if you are looking for accommodation that suits your needs, but doesn’t overcrowd. In South Luangwa
Chinzombo

It is the most luxurious lodge in the country, and it has been voted “Best Luxury Lodge” by its guests.
Tena Tena

For a stunning rustic tented experience, this is the place to be. Combine your stay with us to ensure authenticity.
Nsolo


Luwi

You can enjoy a full-day walking safari among the camps. Your luggage will be rushed before you arrive at your destination. Few lodges can be found on the famous Busanga Plains within Kafue National Park.
Shumba Camp

. The Lower Zambezi provides the perfect mix of everything.
Old Mondoro

And its sister camp
Chiawa

The latter is a rustic variant of its luxury sister property. You can also find authentic properties in the Lower Zambezi.
Chongwe River Camp

It’s exactly what you want, and the lodge focuses on making sure guests have a relaxing experience. Visit the Victoria Falls.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel

It is a stunningly elegant option, close to the Falls. You can also stay at sister properties further along the Zambezi River.
Tongabezi


Sindabezi

They are popular because they offer many activities in a tranquil setting right on the river.
River Club

There is also another option on the Zambezi. Although it is only 20km from Victoria Falls, it offers activities like croquet and tennis.

Activities
The real attraction of Zambia is its extraordinary walking safaris. Guides and scouts with incredible expertise allow big game to be approached on foot. It’s one of the most exciting experiences you can have in the wild. Other highlights include boat trips along rivers, canoeing, fishing, especially for aggressive Tiger Fish. The Falls offer a variety of activities that will entertain both the adventurous and more leisurely guests. It is important to visit the falls by foot, but it is equally worthwhile to fly in a helicopter or microlight plane to view the incredible beauty and intensity from above. As you fly a little lower, it is possible to spot elephants and hippos in the Zambezi River. White Water rafting and a dip in Devil’s Pool, just outside the Victoria Falls, are great options when the water level is lower. Bungee Jumping is also available year-round for those who are looking to do some serious Bungee Jumping.


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