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Official Name: Republic of Zambia

Population: 14.3 million

Land Area: 753,000 square KM

Capital:  Lusaka

Currency:  Zambian kwacha (ZMW),  ZMW1 = AUD13 cents (calculated 01 September 2016)  Visa is widely accepted but not MasterCard.  it is not possible to purchase Kwacha outside of Zambia so you will need to change cash (US) or use a debit card to withdraw from ATM.

Time:  2 hours ahead of GMT

Language:  English with many recognised regional languages with Nyanja being the main local language.

Schooling:  Primary schooling year 1-7 is free

Parliament:  Presidential system, representative democracy.  Granted independent from United Kingdom in 1964 and name changed from Rhodesia to Zambia.  Northern Rhodesia  is separate from Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Agriculture:  Mainly sugar, tobacco, cotton, maize, flowers, vegetables and honey.

Key Industries:  Copper mining and processing, hydro energy, minerals like gold, silver, iron ore, emeralds, aquamarines, amethyst, tourmalines. Tourism is vital to Zambia.

Health Tips:  It is recommended to take malaria precautions. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travel to Zambia, please consult your doctor or specialist travel clinic for latest advise as it changes regularly.  Tap water in Zambia is generally not drinkable unless boiled.  Bottled water is widely available in cities, approx. AUD1.70 for 1.25 litre bottle.  For up to date advice refer to

Geography & Climate:  Zambia is a land locked country bordered by eight other African countries.  Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the east, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique and Malawi to the east and a small 2 km border with Botswana.  It has a tropical climate and consists mostly of high plateau with some hills and mountains dissected by river valleys; mainly the Zambezi/Kafue basin in the centre, west and south and the smaller Congo basin in the north.

There are three main seasons, the Rainy Season (November to April) with temperatures around 32 degrees Celsius.  Hot Season (September to November), temperatures between 38-42 degrees which is also quite dry so very good for seeing wildlife clusters around the few remaining watering holes.  Dry Season (May to August) is the coolest time of the year average temperatures 24-28 degrees during the day and cool at night.  Early in the dry season is good for bird watching or seeing Victoria Falls at their biggest or later when the bush has dried up for good game spotting on safari.


Visas:  the Zambian visa policy can be confusing so please check with us with current information based on your specific trip requirement.

Zambia is regarded as one of the most beautiful, friendly, diverse and unspoilt countries on the African continent.  Aside from the majestic Victoria falls, Zambia has more natural water resources than any other southern African country with a myriad of other falls dotted across the country as well as the mighty Zambezi River.  The Zambezi River is home to more than 21 varieties of fish and home to the mighty Victoria Falls.  This spectacular wonder of the world will enchant you with its misty hue of water and rainbows. The historic town of Livingstone, established in 1905 and named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, has become the adventure capital offering adventure activities, canoeing, fishing, boat cruises, elephant back safaris, white water rafting, horse riding trails, abseiling and more.  A great place to stop a while and explore.  There are many activities that comes highly recommended such as a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a helicopter ride over the falls .

The South Luangwa National Park is a rare gem that can only be seen on our 18 Day Malawi and Zambia Safari.  It is surely one of the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the world with concentrations around the Luangwa River, the life-blood of this 9000 square KM park.  The changing seasons add to the Parks richness ranging from dry bare bush veld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months.    It is certainly a bird watchers paradise with about 400 species of bird life found here.  Also 60 different animal species here including the stunning leopard and the majestic elephant.

Traveljoy Safaris that include Zambia:

15 Day Namibia Safari (Zambia, Botswana and Namibia)

27 Day Namibia Safari (Zambia, Botswana Namibia and South Africa)

21 Day Malawi Safari (Malawi & Zambia)

27 Day Taste of Africa (Back to Back Safari)

30 Day Ultimate Wildlife (Back to Back Safari)

33 Day Amazing Africa (Back to Back Safari)

35 Day Spirit of Africa (Back to Back Safari)

39 Day Central Discoverer (Back to Back Safari)

41 Day African Wildlife Breakaway (Back to Back Safari)

46 Day Highlights of Africa (Back to Back Safari)

49 Day Highlights of Africa Reverse (Back to Back Safari)

50 Day Grand Tour of Africa (Back to Back Safari)

61 Day Ultimate African Safari (Back to Back Safari)

Visit and experience the Victoria Falls in Zambia on the 4 Day / 3 Night Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Extension