Zambia is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful, friendly, diverse, and unspoilt countries on the entire African continent. Officially known as the Republic of Zambia, this landlocked country is bordered by eight others and has a year-round tropical climate. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. However, this is often mistaken for its infinitely more famous smaller city, Livingstone, which is on the south-western border. For the same reasons, the country also has four international airports servicing the different parts. Lusaka: Kenneth Kaunda International, Livingstone: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International, Ndola and Mfuwe to the far south.
Aside from the flights, self-driving is easy and encouraged though they do have a reliable bus network too. TAZARA, the legendary railway connecting Tanzania and Zambia, is an interesting experience for the more intrepid traveller. Aside from the majestic Victoria Falls, the country has more natural water resources than any other southern African country, not to mention the famous Zambezi River. The many National Parks offer great opportunities for safari, while bustling urban areas offer a taste of eclectic Zambian culture.
While Victoria Falls, not surprisingly, tends to steal the limelight, Zambia has an array of wonderful waterfalls, rapids, and cataracts on the many rich waterways that dissect the country. The game reserves provide a pristine sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife and boast some of the best game viewing opportunities in the world. These include the North and South Parks on the Luangwa River, the wide expanse of the Lower Zambezi, and the vast and less-explored Kafue region.
There is a range of action activities, from more pedestrian excursions such as fly fishing and sunset cruises to the more adventurous options including white-water rafting, micro-light flights, or bungee jumping. For those who have seen enough wildlife or had their fair share of adrenaline rushes, this safari destination does not disappoint. From golf courses, exploring local villages, luxury spas, or cruising in a houseboat, it offers all and more.
It is always important to take into consideration the possible health risks when travelling to Africa. There are various tropical diseases in Zambia, so vaccinations for the most common risks are recommended. However, travellers should always check with their local Travel Clinic. Vaccinations for the following are usually recommended: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, malaria, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR),
Most tour operators and travel agents will recommend purchasing travel insurance before arriving in Zambia. Most travellers include emergency air evacuation if they are travelling to remote areas of the country. We advise that travellers talk to their travel consultant before travelling.
Zambia is relatively conservation, so travellers should dress appropriately. Furthermore, eating is always only with the right hand, handshakes when greeting are important, public displays of affection are uncommon, and people generally refer to each other by Mr. or Mrs.
To enter Zambia, travellers must have a valid passport valid for at least six months, as well as at least three blank pages. Visas depend on the country of origin, so travellers are advised to check online. However, if visas are required, they can usually be obtained online or upon arrival.