As the “birthplace of the walking safari”, Zambia has long attracted visitors who want an immersive safari experience. It’s a country of extraordinary natural beauty and boasts one of Africa’s richest concentrations of wildlife in South Luangwa National Park, home to lions, baboons and wild dogs.
In Zambia, you can travel along the Zambezi River while spotting crocodiles, hippos and island-hopping buffaloes or come face-to-face with leopards in Kafue National Park. For a remote safari adventure, head to Liuwa Plains National Park or spot the “Big Five” in North Luangwa National Park. Alongside neighboring Zimbabwe, Zambia also offers access to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the thundering waters of Victoria Falls.
Zambia offers vibrant, dynamic natural beauty with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, revered Zambezi River, and wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park. The thunderous falls are considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and it is easy to see why. The dramatic gorge gives rise to a rainbow of mist at the foot of the roaring cascade – it is truly a site to see! We get up close to this iconic wonder by hiking through the nearby rainforest, which is teeming with Zambian flora and fauna. Travel along the Zambezi River and witness the boundless African menagerie, with crocodile, elephant, hippo, and a variety of birds roaming freely. Inland, the South Luangwa National Park is home to lions, leopards, wild dogs, hippos, and even baboons. Explore Zambia on this authentic cultural vacation with Adventures Unbound!
Custom Tours in Zambia
Join the team at Adventures Unbound for an unforgettable experience in Zambia’s magnificent wilderness areas, whether you want to explore on foot, by boat or by safari vehicle. Watch as rainbows of mist color the base of Victoria Falls and spot an abundance of birdlife along the Zambezi River before ticking the “Big Five” off your list.
Working closely with local partners and affiliates in Zambia, let us curate a private tour that reflects your interests while supporting responsible tourism initiatives in the country. All of our Zambia adventures are customized to suit your interests and budget, with some of Africa’s most incredible safari accommodations at your disposal.
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Kenneth Kaunda International Airport near Lusaka is the main aviation gateway to Zambia and has flights to destinations across Africa and the Middle East. Many tourists opt to fly into Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport near Livingstone, which has connecting services from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi.
Once you arrive at one of Zambia’s airports, private air charters and safari vehicles are the main means of getting to lodges and camps.
Travelers from most countries don’t require a visa to enter Zambia for tourism purposes. However, you do need a passport that is valid for at least six months and with at least three free pages for stamps, as well as evidence of your return journey. You may also be required to show proof that you have enough funds for the duration of your trip.
English is the official language in Zambia and can easily be used for getting around, although the country has more than 70 other languages that are also spoken. These include Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi, Kaonde, Luvale and Lunda, which are all recognized as regional languages.
The official currency in Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha, with 1 USD equal to around 20 Zambian Kwacha at the time of writing. USD Dollars, South African Rand, UK Pounds and Euros are also readily accepted at lodges and camps. You can withdraw Zambian Kwacha at ATMs throughout the country and major international credit and debit cards are accepted at most tourist businesses.
In Zambia’s major towns and cities, the tap water is purified and safe to drink but this is not always the case in more remote areas. You’ll find bottled mineral water is readily available at most shops and supermarkets, as well as at camps and lodges.
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter Zambia, although it’s recommended that you are protected against Hepatitis A, Polio, and Tetanus. You may also want to discuss with your health provider regarding vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through some parts of Africa and South America. Being vaccinated against Covid-19 is also highly recommended.
There is a high risk of malaria throughout the year in Zambia and malaria precautions are highly recommended. You should also wear long sleeves and pants in the evening and early morning to prevent bites.
Zambia uses Type C (two round pins), Type D (three round pins in a triangular pattern) and Type G (three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern) plugs and operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Casual, comfortable garments that are quick drying are a staple of safari travel, with neutral colors such as beige, khaki, or green helping you to blend in with the natural environment. Always pack a couple of long sleeves shirts and long pants that will guard against mosquito bites at night.
Don’t forget to pack a sweater for the chilly early mornings and evenings, plus a lightweight waterproof jacket. Walking shoes with good grip and flip flops/sandals for getting around the camp are the only footwear you’ll need!
In terms of accessories, pack a broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as insect repellant and any prescription medication to might need. A pair of binoculars may also come in useful and most guests opt to bring a high-quality camera to document their experiences.
Most importantly, don’t forget your passport and any vaccination records you need, as well as documentation of a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
All of our private tours are custom-designed, including family safaris. Depending on your interests and preferred destinations, we can tailor an itinerary to suit. The minimum age requirement for children differs depending on the places you want to visit and the activities you want to participate in.
On all of our custom safaris and private tours, we do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, provided we have prior knowledge. That being said, in some remote areas, particular ingredients may be difficult to find and suitable alternatives will be sought.
Our accommodation options range from basic camping to glamping at upmarket safari camps, as well as family-focused resorts and high-end lodges. In some destinations, we can also create itineraries staying at private villas, complete with in-house staff. Glamping tents are among the most popular of our accommodation options as they immerse you in the wilderness environment while keeping bugs and wildlife out.