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Zambia Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Zambia, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Lusaka
Language English
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Zambian Kwacha
Voltage 230v

Highlights+
Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’) is amongst Africa’s greatest natural assets. Fed by the mighty Zambezi River and bordering both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls boast a width of nearly two kilometres and the roaring water crashes one-hundred meters down into the gorge below. For those daring enough, take a dip in nature’s very own infinity pool, Devil’s Pool, set directly on the edge of the Victoria Falls, offering awesome views as you peep over the edge to get a knee-buckling view of the drop below. If you wish to see the falls up close and take spectacular photos (without spray), visit when the flow of the falls is at its lowest (usually October to December). However, if you wish to see the falls in all their glory, you should try to visit when it is flowing at its highest (usually May to June).

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is renowned as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world; the rich volcanic soil, abundant water, light and warmth have created an extraordinarily lush and diverse environment. Unlike many parks, the landscape is very varied - from mature mopane forests, to wide-open plains and sparkling salt pans. What really makes South Luangwa so special is the high concentration of game in the park, alongside the low number of visitors. Guests can enjoy a true sense of isolation coupled with a huge range of game-viewing possibilities, including walking safaris and night drives, which are not permitted in many of the more heavily visited areas.

The Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi is Zambia's newest park and one of the country’s premier wildlife viewing areas. The best viewing is on the flood plains and along the river itself, perfect locations to spot puku, zebra, impala, buffalo, leopard, lion, cheetah, wild dog and much more - including over 400 bird species! The best time to visit the park is from May to October.

Kafue National Park

The Kafue National Park is the largest in Zambia and the fifth largest in the world. This huge unfenced wilderness is a safe haven for many of Africa’s ‘most wanted’, including the seriously endangered Black rhino. In the far north of Kafue lies the Busanga Plains – one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few areas in the world that remains untouched by development and human activity.

Livingstone Museum

The Livingstone Museum is not only the oldest and largest museum in Zambia, it is also the best. Displaying a fantastic array of exhibitions - including archaeology, history, natural history and ethnography - the key highlights include its brilliant collection of David Livingstone memorabilia. Spot signed letters, tribal artefacts, a life-sized model of an African village and much more!

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Outdoor Adventures
For guests of The Royal Livingstone Bush Tracks Africa are on-hand to organise safaris, boat cruises, helicopter rides, white-water rafting, walks to the falls and bungee jumping.

Climate+

The Victoria Falls region enjoys high temperatures year-round though the rainy season is at its peak from November to March. Adventure enthusiasts should visit between August and December when the Zambezi is low, while the best months to see wildlife are from May to September.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Zambia.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January26216
February27180
March2885
April2630
May254
June230
July230
August260
September291
October3116
November3090
December27199

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and Lusaka. Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with South African Airways from Johannesburg to Livingstone. Proflight Zambia from Lusaka to Livingstone.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes. London Heathrow to Lusaka: 10 hours.
Onward connecting flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone: 1 hour, 50 minutes.
From Lusaka to Livingstone: 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

The Government of the Republic of Zambia has launched a new e-Visa facility, which is open to all foreign nationals who require visas to visit Zambia.  The e-Visa facility can be accessed through the following link:https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/  Immigrations officers at Ports of Entry can verify your e-visa on their system, however, you are advised to download and keep a hard copy of your e-visa approval letter.

Visa fees apply as follows: Single Entry - US$50; Double/Multiple entry US$80; Transit US$5;, Day tripper US$20.

For nationals that may obtain visas at port of entry, the e-visa will take 3 working days to process and for nationals that require visas prior to travel to Zambia processing time will take a minimum of 5 working days.  Zambian officials at the Port of entry reserve the right to deny entry into Zambia to a holder of an e-visa approval letter without any explanation.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Please be advised that a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be required for travel (in any direction) between South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.gov.uk/fco

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