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Zambia

Welcome to the “Real Africa” and home to walking safaris

Shaped like a giant butterfly spreading its wings across the heart of Africa, Zambia is an endlessly absorbing and exciting land.  Hills wrapped in dense emerald green wood bursting with bird song.  Huge blue inland lakes and thundering Victoria Falls.  Expansive National Parks where the lions roam free across a sea of tawny colored grass: The Kafue with its sprawling bush country, The North & South Luangwa Valley bordered by the Great Escarpment, Zambezi River and meandering Luangwa River and home to walking safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park with its extensive wildlife, water and walking activities.  The Great Victoria Falls is one of the worlds natural wonder.

 

Exploring Zambia is a different type of magic for those seeking unspoiled natural paradises.  Expect superb hospitality and good food.  There is a special pleasure in sipping a cool pre-dinner drink on the edge of a snapping campfire and listening to a chorus of hippos, knowing you are miles and miles from the next camp.  Indeed Zambia’s stars are bright, the valleys grass is greener and each day offers a special excitement of an older more individualized and less traveled Africa.

 

The call of Zambia’s National Bird, the Fish Eagles piercing sound will call you back to Zambia, over and over again.

Sample Itineraries:

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Zambia Explorer

Days

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Highlights of Zambia

12 Days

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Best of Zambia

14 Days

Key Facts

Geography

Broken by isolated mountain ridges the country is covered mainly by deciduous savannah with small areas of tropical grasslands and swamps.  It has a drainae system dominated by the Zambezi River and its tributaries.   Bordered by Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana it is truly situated in the heart of Africa. 

Electricity

Electrical voltage is based on 220 /240 with three pin plugs used are of the British Square bayonet pin type.  Special adaptors are needed for the rounded two-pin types of plugs.

Currency

The Kwacha (K) is officially divided into 100 Ngwee. There are banknotes of K10 000, K1 000, K 500, K 100, K 50.  The K 20 note is not widely accepted and coins are no longer used.   There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency which can be brought into the country.  Credit cards are accepted for tourist services.

Health

Malaria is prevalent and it is essential to take preventative precautions. Prior to entry you should  be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever immunization. Aids is endemic to the region. Caution should be exercised  by drinking only bottled water or carrying water purification tablets.  All clothing washed should be ironed to kill the eggs of the Putsi fly and caution should be used when swimming in local lakes and rivers.  

Climate & Best Time to Travel

Three main seasons prevail in Zambia; the Cold / Dry Winter season ( May-August), the Hot / Dry Season (September-November), and the warm rainy season (December-April).  Although Zambia lies in the tropics the altitude ensures the climate is seldom unpleasantly hot and the inland position keeps humidity low.

The amount of wildlife you’ll see will be affected by the season you visit.  More animals will be viewed during the dry season when they are concentrated near water long grass won’t obstruct viewing.  Some areas are inaccessible during the hot Wet season.

Entry Requirments

All visitors must have a valid passport. A visa is required for all visitors except some commonwealth countries including Britain.