Located in southern Africa, Zambia offers unspoilt natural wonders, abundant wildlife and a big list of adventures and activities to fit any tourist. Being voted as the safest country on the continent to visit, there is no wonder why thousands of people are visiting every year.
Why Visit Zambia
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Zambia’s beautiful landscapes and wealth of wildlife puts the country on the top 10 destinations you should visit in Africa. The Zambezi River, numerous national parks, and of course the largest waterfall in the world, the astonishing Victoria Falls will provide a lifetime experience.
Zambia offers the unique experience of the walking safaris, (and you can actually touch the animals!). Its game reserves provide pristine sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife, including the big five (although rhinos are really hard to find) Elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards and some rare and endemic species.
Just like everywhere else, the urban areas tend to have more safety issues than the rural areas. Still, Zambia was voted the safest country to visit in the African continent, its crime levels are similar to a European country. You should still be aware that the country has incredible high levels of poverty and common sense should prevail. Women should avoid going to bars alone, be careful about walking at night and don’t count to much on the police.
Watching the sun setting over the majestic Zambezi River is nothing but breathtaking. Sunrise and sunset are two very magical times of day that take the spotlight on a safari holiday
What to expect
English is the official language of Zambia. In addition, the government of Zambia also recognizes 7 official regional languages and there are more than 70 different languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. Even though english is not their mother tongue, almost everyone will speak or understand some English and most Zambians living in the urban centres speak it fluently.
The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor
The Zambian Kwacha is the currency of Zambia, but USD are also widely accepted. 1 USD equals 13.15 zambian kwachas. All the major credit cards companies are accepted as well. Most sizeable towns have ATMs that accept foreign cards. We recommend that you exchange some money anyway in case you wanna buy something from a small vendor. Changing your money to Kwacha is reasonably easy in the tourist centres of Lusaka and Livingstone and at your border entry
Zambia is very safe country, however occasional robberies, petty crime and scams could occur, particularly in urban centers and tourist areas due to the bad economic conditions of the country. Be cautious and avoid driving at night, wearing flashing jewelry and don’t leave valuables in the car.
Thanks to its landlocked and elevated positions, Zambia features different seasons and climates depending on the region and the altitude where you go. Overall, the country has a tropical weather. There are two seasons, rainy season from November to April and dry season from May to October/November. The best time to go would be from June to November, in winter season, when the weather is dry and there is not rain, the wildlife watching is sensational and there is low malaria risk.
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