Zambia’s pristine, remote parks and incredible scenery – from wide open plains, to winding rivers, dense woodlands and the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls – promise a wild and untamed safari experience and superb game viewing. It is famed for having some of the best guides, and their expertise, combined with its unspoilt beauty, make it a truly authentic safari destination. It is also here that the African walking safari originated – an immersive way to experience nature. Other ways to view wildlife in Zambia include canoeing safaris and boat cruises on the lower Zambezi River.
The general altitude of the country gives Zambia a more temperate climate than most tropical countries. There are three seasons – cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet from December to April (expect frequent heavy showers and thunderstorms followed by bright sunshine). Only in the valleys of the Zambezi and Luangwa is there excessive heat (particularly October) and, in the wet season, you’ll experience high humidity. During the cool dry season, night frosts may occur in places sheltered from the wind.
Zambia also offers good value when compared to safari in other big name destinations with comparable wildlife interactions. Due to the fact that many of the best locations are the more remote ones, travel costs (via road or air transfer) can add up the further you venture from the centres, so bear this in mind when choosing your accommodation and planning an itinerary. Peak season is June to November, so prices will vary accordingly