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Classic South Luangwa

Classic South Luangwa

10 nights South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The Digital Detox

The Digital Detox

10 nights The South Luangwa and Likoma Island
10 Night Adventure

10 Night Adventure

10 nights Mchenja, Nsolo, Chinzombo & Kaya Mawa
The Luwi River Trail

The Luwi River Trail

8 nights Luwi, Nsolo and Kakuli Bush Camps
Wild Zambia on Foot

Wild Zambia on Foot

7 nights Chinzombo Camp & Kakuli Bush Camp

Our lodges in Zambia

Chinzombo Camp

Chinzombo Camp

South Luangwa National Park
Kakuli Bush Camp

Kakuli Bush Camp

South Luangwa National Park
Tena Tena Camp

Tena Tena Camp

South Luangwa
Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge

Victoria Falls
Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island

Victoria Falls
Kapani Lodge

Kapani Lodge

South Luangwa National Park

Why we recommend Zambia

  • Explore a vast array of unspoiled safaris in this wildlife paradise
  • Visit South Luangwa National Park, an untouched wilderness where walking safaris were born
  • Visit the majestic spectacle of Victoria Falls and enjoy the adrenalin activities on offer
Map of Zambia
About Zambia

A True Luxury Travel favourite, Zambia is a country with no limits, there’s truly something for everyone. This is the destination for those with a passion for safari, who are looking for a game rich experience, excellent guiding, and accommodation ranging from natural walking camps which melt in to the bush, to some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa. Zambia is famous for its warm hospitality; there’ll always be a welcoming smile and stories of recent adventures over a gin & tonic around the campfire.

From the intense volume of wildlife in the Luangwa Valley, the vast open spaces of the Liuwa Plain, incredible activities of the Lower Zambezi, hot air ballooning over Kafue and the majesty of the Victoria Falls, an itinerary in Zambia can tick any number of boxes. If you want to explore real Africa, off the charts, removed from wifi and close to nature then Zambia is where you should visit.

Whether it’s your first safari experience or your fiftieth, if you are travelling as a couple, a family or a group of friends, the range of accommodation and mix of experiences available stands out. The national parks are less restrictive than many other African countries, walking for all ages is actively encouraged, you feel free on safari in Zambia and that everyone involved in your holiday is passionate about making your experience as memorable as it possibly can be.

We love the seasonality of Zambia, that it is so affected by the climate and how that preserves the country’s true wildernesses. Safari season runs from May (give or take) through to November when the heat can be oppressive and the storms occasionally spectacular. Over the wet Summer months most bush camps close and some areas stop allowing visitors at all – this gives the environment and wildlife time to go back to it’s untouched state. That said, there are some notable exceptions open year round. How to work these gems into a fantastic itinerary is where True Luxury Travel comes in. Travelling out of season is one of our passions – you get the bush all to yourself, experience incredible migratory birdlife, see lush green colours and new life – and normally all at a heavily discounted rate, give us a call to find out more.

There are many ways to get to and from Zambia. Emirates fly to Lusaka, you can transfer up from Johannesburg or down from Nairobi. Just let us know your starting point and we will advise the best way to get you where you need to be. Within the country, air travel is really the only way to get around and regular flights connect all of the key areas.

Snapshot of Zambia

Capital city: Lusaka
Flight time: 12hrs from UK
Language: English
Population: 16 million
Religions: Chrisitian
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 28
Min. temperature: 28

Seasons in Zambia

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Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park, named after the Kafue River, is the largest national park in Zambia, covering an area of about 22,400 km². It is the second largest park in Africa and is home to over 55 different species of animals. However, despite its prominent location, the majority of the park is unknown and largely undiscovered, making it one of our most exciting bush destinations. The main road between Lusaka and Mongu runs through the park, dividing it into northern and southern sectors, allowing an incredible amount of wildlife to be seen even from the main road! This road also allows for a highly accessible park when travelling by car.

Livingstone

Livingstone is a town in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe. It’s a popular destination for visitors going to the Victoria Falls. Along with unforgettable trips to the Falls, visitors to this area can experience white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding trails, abseiling, as well as boat cruises, elephant back safaris, quad bikes riding, Kayaking and tours to the Mukuni Cultural Village.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Is this True Luxury Travel’s favourite park in all of Africa? It could well be, we absolutely love it! Just a spectacular 30 minute flight from Lusaka over the Zambezi Escarpment. Dropping down onto the river below Lake Kariba, Mana Pools National Park over on the far bank in Zimbabwe. You name it and the Lower Zambezi has it. Some of the best tented camps, luxury lodges, family villas in Africa. Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, tiger-fishing, canoe trips and expeditions. This is somewhere you would never be bored and would always look forward to revisiting.

South Luangwa

Zambia’s iconic and most popular safari destination. There really are few places that can compare for volume of big game. It’s uncommon to not see something spectacular on a game drive or walking safari. Norman Carr pioneered walking safaris here and many a highly regarded guide have enhanced the Luangwa’s reputation for some of the best walking safaris in Africa. There are off the beaten track options, luxury lodges, fly camps in dry riverbeds. Game drive by day or night, seasonally explore the Luangwa River by boat and revel in the walking.

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Zambia doesn’t have a beach, but for a combination of activity and relaxation the Upper Zambezi above the Victoria Falls offers visitors a wonderful beginning or end to their safari holiday. Of course there’s the single mightiest sheet of falling water in the world to witness, but this is also somewhere to relax by the pool on the river bank, sip a cocktail and think about the safari you’ve just enjoyed or are about to embark on. Perhaps head out on the river for sundowners or an evening of fishing. Maybe an early morning helicopter flight, if you’re feeling more energetic then white water rafting, bungee jumping and zip-lining. We’ve done all that and are happy messing about in boats!

Zambezi

Is this True Luxury Travel’s favourite park in all of Africa? It could well be, we absolutely love it! Just a spectacular 30 minute flight from Lusaka over the Zambezi Escarpment. Dropping down onto the river below Lake Kariba, Mana Pools National Park over on the far bank in Zimbabwe. You name it and the Lower Zambezi has it. Some of the best tented camps, luxury lodges, family villas in Africa. Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, tiger-fishing, canoe trips and expeditions. This is somewhere you would never be bored and would always look forward to revisiting.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, running through 6 countries. It is the longest east flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The River’s beauty has attracted tourists from all over the world providing opportunities for a myriad of water sports and game viewing. Lodges on both sides of the border offer wildlife drives, guided hikes and fishing expeditions. Where else can you canoe down a wide, placid river one day and the next raft through the raging rapids near world-famous Victoria Falls?

Practical info

Currency

Zambia’s unit of currency is the kwacha (k), sometimes listed as ‘ZMK’ (Zambian kwacha).

In the cities and larger towns, you can change cash and travellers cheques at branches of Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Larger branches have ATMs that accept Visa. Foreign exchange offices – almost always called bureau de changex – are easy to find in all cities and larger towns.

US Dollars are widely accepted at all of the lodges.


Travelling with Children

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to participate on any walking safaris.

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Passports and Visas

Passports: To enter Zambia, a passport valid for six months beyond the end of your intended stay, with at least two blank pages, is required.

Visas: Visas for Zambia are required by nationals referred to in the chart above, except:

1. Nationals of Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Ireland, who do not require a visa, unless travelling on business. You can obtain single- or multiple-entry visas in advance from the embassy/high commission in your home country.

Alternatively, you can obtain a single- or double-entry visa on arrival at Zambian airports or land borders. You must pay for this in cash in US Dollars/. We highly recommend that you purchase your visa before travel to avoid any airport queues or disappointment.

Day tripper visa: US$20; transit or single-entry visa: US$50 (35 in the UK); double- or multiple-entry visa: US$80 (60 in the UK).

Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

We advise Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.

Consider Hepatitis B, cholera and Rabies vaccinations.

Yellow Fever: We do not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Zambia. However, you might consider this vaccine if you are staying a long time or will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes. The government of Zambia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the UK or US)

Malaria: Prevention is recommended for all areas under altitudes of 1800m. If this is where you will travel, you are recommended to take precautions year round. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.

Flying Doctor:
As you know, many safari camps operate in extremely remote areas and it is imperative that in the unfortunate cases of medical emergency, clients reach a well-‐equipped hospital fast and with expert care en-route. As previously stated, we insist that you take out travel insurance before allowing you to travel and while most good policies will include medical evacuation cover (which incurs huge costs for anyone not covered), inevitably emergencies arise out of hours, and delays whilst seeking authority from clients’ international medical insurers (or even Flying Doctors themselves when they are dealing with patients who do not carry their cover) can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore flying doctor cover is automatically included in our costed itineraries. We feel Flying Doctors offer the best in-flight care and equipment, the fastest response times and in our experience consistently prove to be the most reliable. The Flying Doctor Service is part of AMREF, a well-respected foundation that offers the premier evacuation service and all profits are ploughed back into their charitable work.

There are two levels of Flying Doctors tourist membership, dependent on the duration of stay and distance from Nairobi Hospital:

1. Tourist Membership up to 500 Km from Wilson Airport (valid for travel on all Northern Circuit itineraries including Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti)
Up to 14 days $15pp
2 months $25pp

2. Tourist Membership up to 1,000 Km from Wilson Airport (must be used for any itineraries that include southern Tanzania, Katavi, Mahale and Zanzibar)
Up to 14 days $30pp
2 months $50pp

The cover itself is as follows:

“AMREF Flying Doctors Service operates a 24 hours, 365 days a year operation. Full time medical staff and aircrew are on standby to respond to emergencies. In case of a medical emergency that requires an evacuation from a remote area, the Flying Doctor service will send in a medical team and an aircraft which can be converted into an airborne intensive care unit to evacuate you to Nairobi Wilson Airport where you will be transported by an ambulance to a hospital in Nairobi (the Flying Doctors do not cover the cost of hospitalization).

In addition the service operates one of Africa’s largest radio networks. So if you are in a remote area without any other form of communication it may be possible that you will be near an HF radio station that would be linked to AMREF's base at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

As a member of the Flying Doctor Society of Africa you are entitled to one free evacuation per year in case of a life threatening emergency that would necessitate the use of the flying doctors to transport you to a medical facility in Nairobi. The evacuation can be undertaken up to 500 or 1,000 kilometres radius of Nairobi depending on the type of membership you have taken.”
Please also visit their website: http://www.amref.org/flying-doctors/

You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 26 26 26 26 25 23 23 25 29 31 29 27
B 17 17 17 15 12 10 9 12 15 18 18 17
C 231 191 142 18 3 0 0 0 0 10 91 150

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

Zambia's 'Emerald Season' is between December and March and is when most camps close as many of the unsurfaced roads become impassable. By April and May most of the rain has faded away, leaving a landscape that's still green, but starting to dry out. From June through to the end of August the days become much clearer and warmer (although make sure you bring warm clothes at night). The small 'walking bushcamps' open at the end of May when the roads have dried out again to allow access. The peak season is September and October as the temperatures are beginning to climb again - this is fantastic for game viewing because the animals concentrate around the limited water sources.

Weather

Zambia JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 17 17 17 15 12 10 9 12 15 18 18 17
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 26 26 26 26 25 23 23 25 29 31 29 27
Rainfall ( mm ) 231 191 142 18 3 0 0 0 0 10 91 150

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