The beautiful country of Zambia is a top-rated safari destination. Its proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, makes Zambia one of the most exciting places to visit on the African continent. The country is rich in culture and history, offers a host of adventures, breathtaking scenery and many other things to do for all types of travellers.
There are numerous markets to visit where you can shop for crafts and souvenirs, and the choice of lodges and hotels is impressive. Many establishments are world-class and luxurious, while others are more affordable. So you’re sure to find a Zambia holiday package that will suit your budget. Add stunning game viewing to the mix, and you have an ideal place for an unmatched holiday.
Why travel to Zambia
- You can see wild animals up close on a walking safari.
- The mighty Victoria Falls is on your doorstep.
- It boasts its own ‘French Riviera’ – fashionable Lake Kariba!
- Zambia is nicknamed ‘Africa’s Adventure Capital’ because of its stunning adrenaline sports (abseiling, white water rafting and bungee jumping).
- It offers unsurpassed game viewing that one can enjoy while canoeing on the Zambezi River.
- With over 750 species of birds, birdwatching is a delight.
- It’s home to Lake Tanganyika, one of the deepest lakes in the world.
Zambia is an exciting destination offering a wealth of holiday possibilities. From romantic getaways to family holidays or an adventure trip for friends, there’s something for everyone in this untouched paradise. So get in touch with us today about Zambia holiday packages and let's plan your trip.
What to do in Zambia
Zambia is a famous safari destination that is equally renowned for its adventure activities. Situated next to Zimbabwe, this lush country offers spectacular game viewing opportunities. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, view a host of wildlife including lion and elephant and visit the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, the name given by the locals to the mighty Victoria Falls, which are considered the planet’s most breathtaking waterfalls.
Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is one of Africa’s most gracious cities, with elegant, broad tree-lined avenues and some fine colonial-style buildings. A place of outstanding beauty, Lake Kariba is a vast man-made lake surrounded by some magnificent national parks in both Zambia and neighbouring Zimbabwe. The banks of the Lower Zambezi and Luangwa Rivers teem with wildlife and these remote, and relatively undeveloped destinations are also a game lover’s paradise.
Things to do in Zambia
- Embark on a hot air balloon safari in Kafue National Park.
- Enjoy a microlight flight over Victoria Falls.
- Enjoy a safari adventure from the perspective of the water in a houseboat.
- Swim in the Devil’s Pool, inches from the 108m drop to the bottom of the Falls.
- View some of Africa’s most exceptional wildlife in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
- Photograph the mighty Falls from Livingstone Island.
- Go birdwatching in Blue Lagoon National Park.
- Visit one of Zambia’s few white sand beaches, Samfya Beach.
Visitors to Zambia can enjoy a multitude of adventure activities, including helicopter flights above the Falls, white-water rafting, sunset cruises along the Zambezi River, game viewing and dining on traditional African dishes under the star-studded sky. Thompsons Holidays will make your holiday happen, so contact us right away for our incredible Zambia holiday packages.
Know before you go...
When is the best time to visit?
- The best time to visit Zambia is between June and November when the weather is dry and game viewing is excellent.
- Zambia’s hottest time is between September and November. This is followed by a wet season that lasts from December to April.
Getting there & getting around
- Flight duration from Johannesburg to Lusaka in Zambia: 1 hour, 59 minutes.
- Direct flights to Victoria Falls in Zambia: 1 hour, 37 minutes.
- Transport within Zambia is by car, bus or train.
- South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Zambia.
- Passport must be valid for 6 months after your trip.
- Time zone – same time as in South Africa.
- The official currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMK).
- US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted in Zambia.
- You will find ATMs in the larger towns.
- Tipping is not compulsory but well received in Zambia.
- Most services include a charge of 10%. If this is not included, you can add it to the bill.
- English is the official language in Zambia.
- More than 70 traditional languages are spoken in the country. Bemba is the most widely spoken.
- More than 85% of the Zambian population is Christian (a majority are either Roman Catholics or Protestants).
- Other religions are also practised here.
- In major towns, water is safe to drink. Alternatively, drink bottled water.
- Smoking is banned in public places.
What must I pack?
- Pack light, breathable clothes for the humid summers.
- If going on safari, take khaki or light coloured clothing. Include warm items for those early morning game drives.
- Comfortable walking shoes, sandals, flip flops.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses.
- Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
- Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
- Travel adaptor.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
- Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
- Respect each other's cultures and customs.
- Always have a map (or app) on hand, especially when travelling at night.
- Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
- Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for passports and valuables.
What do I do in an emergency?
- Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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