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Destination Information

For decades after its independence, Zambia remained a poor and underdeveloped country, often compared unfavorably with its prosperous and well-organized southern neighbor Zimbabwe. In recent years, however, Zimbabwe has been in turmoil and Zambia finds itself unexpectedly in the limelight. The country’s infrastructure remains patchy, but it possesses superb national parks and some of the finest game viewing in Africa, not to mention Victoria Falls. The South Luangwa National Park is magnificent. The Luangwa River is a major tributary of the Zambezi, and its muddy waters are home to tens of thousands of hippo. Every evening, huge herds of elephant saunter out of the bush to drink and to wallow. Lion are abundant, and leopard are frequently observed, especially on night drives with the aid of a spotlight.


Kwacha (ZMW). Fluctuating rate valued at ZMW21.50 = US$1.00 as of February 2021. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$. 

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Zambia, dial 011 (international access) + 260 (Zambia code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

U.S. Embassy

Lusaka, Tel. (260) 211-357-000. 

When to Visit

The best time for a safari is July to September; by October, Zambia is becoming unpleasantly hot. The rainy season is from November to March.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay and containing at least three unstamped pages) and visa. Visit and, for travelers’ health information,