Officially known as the Republic of Zambia, this Southern African country is well-known for its extensive national parks and for being home to the world's largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls. Zambia is landlocked, surrounded by its neighbours to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, Tanzania and Malawi to the east and Angola to the west.
While not the usual destination that comes to mind when planning a holiday to the Southern Africa region, Zambia definitely has many to offer travellers with magnificent landscapes and many exciting things to see and do. Zambia is a perfect destination for those looking for an adventurous holiday or those who are simply nature lovers. It is also a great place for travellers wanting to experience a safari holiday.
What to see and do in Zambia
When planning a holiday in Zambia, make sure to schedule in guided tours by qualified scouts for some trekking through the country’s South Luangwa National Park or experience bush camping in any of the national parks located throughout Zambia. Bush camping can range from country homestays to exclusive lavish chalets. There are many choices available for every budget.
Another activity not to be missed in Zambia is a canoe ride on the Zambezi River. This can be an exciting and unique experience and may get you close to large crocodiles found in the area. A boat ride along the Zambezi River to the Mpata Gorge is a pleasant way to spend your day with its picturesque trail that has tall cliffs on one side and sandy shores on the other surrounding the river.
And if there’s one thing that should not be left off the itinerary of a Zambian holiday, it is a visit to the popular Victoria Falls. This natural wonder pours over one million litres of water to the Zambezi Gorge every second making the experience truly breath-taking. If gazing at this majestic waterfall is not enough, there are many things to do in Victoria Falls from white water rafting and riverboarding to bridge bungee jumping.
When to visit Zambia
Before booking your flight, it is always recommended to find out when is the best to visit Zambia. The country is a good place to holiday in year-round. Deciding on when really depends on where you want to go, what you want to do and the activities you plan to partake in when you visit Zambia.
For those planning to camp, best avoid the rainy and wet months of December through March. Most camping grounds close down during these months and roads may be impassable. The months of June through August would be better with its warm days and cooler nights. Bushcamps will start to open in June so this would be the ideal time to plan your holiday.
For those looking to do a safari holiday, the best time to see Zambia’s wild animals would be between the month of September and October. They are often found concentrated around watering holes as this period would be hot and dry during the day.
How to get to Zambia
Zambia’s main international airport is the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) located in the capital city of Lusaka. Many airlines operate flights to and from this airport. If you’re flying from Singapore, there are no direct flights to Lusaka. However, Emirates and South African Airways have non-direct flights from Singapore to Lusaka.
If you are planning to visit the South Luangwa National Park, it is recommended to book a flight to Mfuwe International Airport (MFU). This airport is located just outside the park and is more convenient if the park is your first destination. And if you’re planning to visit Victoria Falls first, best book a flight to Livingstone Airport (LIV) as it is located near the falls. Airlines that operate flights from Singapore to Livingstone Airport include South African Airways.
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