Zambia Holidays

With a feeling of untamed nature, Zambia is a country that draws people back, time and time again. To many, a Zambian safari represents the real Africa - a still undiscovered wilderness where exploration on foot reaps the greatest rewards. From the plains of Liuwa and the savannah of Luangwa to the thundering majesty of Victoria Falls, Zambia encapsulates the idea of an African adventure.

Explore the highlights of Zambia

walking beside elphants with guide


  • Home of the walking safari, Zambia offers some of the best walking in Africa
  • With an expert guide, explore magnificent South Luangwa on foot
  • Walk from camp to camp, as part of a specialised walking safari
canoeing on the Zambezi River


  • The Victoria Falls are a hub for adventure in southern Zambia
  • Take a heli-flip over the falls at sunset or feel the spray in a microlight
  • Explore the Zambezi river by canoe or test your mettle by rafting the rapids

Our Zambia Experts Recommend

Our Zambia Experts

Jackie grew up within sight of Zambia, across the waters of Lake Kariba. After years spent in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, she began working for Steppes.

Bridget has been designing holidays to Zambia for many years, exploring its diverse interior. Most recently, she visited the remote Liuwa Plains to see the work of the Zambian Carnivore Programme.

Advice from Our Zambia Experts

"Make sure you allow yourself enough time on your first trip to Zambia, as it perhaps requires a little more time to explore than some other destinations in Africa. For example, when staying in South Luangwa, it is often best to combine one of the main lodges with a couple of smaller bush camps. And then, of course, many people still want to go and visit the Lower Zambezi."

Bridget Cohen | Steppes Travel Zambia Expert

"One of Zambia’s remarkable advantages is that night drives are allowed in all national parks. Take advantage of this, as a night drive offers a very different experience, with good chances of spotting elusive nocturnal predators."

Jackie Devereux | Steppes Travel Zambia Expert

Zambia FAQs

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What should I see?

Referred to as “real Africa” due to pristine wilderness in unspoilt national parks, Zambia is the birthplace of walking safaris, giving you a perspective on the wildlife that gets the heart racing and the adrenaline flowing. Highlights include The South Luangwa National Park, the Lowers Zambezi National Park, Kafue National Park and of course the mighty Victoria Falls.

What are the local shops like?

Local crafts, including wooden and soapstone carvings, can be purchased from markets and at roadside stalls along major tourist routes in Zambia. Traditional instruments including drums, whistles and thumb pianos make fascinating souvenirs. Please note it is illegal to import most. animal and plant products into the UK.

To be on the safe side we strongly advise you not to buy any animal products while on holiday. Also resist the temptation to collect rocks, fossils, flowers, shells etc that should remain in situ for the benefit and enjoyment of future travellers and for the good of the environment. For more information, ring the Department of the Environment on – 0117 9878 202.

Do I need any immunisations or malaria tablets?
The best person to speak to is your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner as the advice can change. The risk of Malaria is present throughout the year in all areas including Lusaka. Peak transmission period is November to April each year. A such, Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.
Can I use my credit card?

ATMs are available in Lusaka and some major towns, but tend to only accept Visa and not Mastercard. Major credit cards are increasingly accepted by larger shops, hotels, restaurants and tour operators. Many companies charge a 5% fee for the use of credit cards.

What is the minimum age for a walking safari in Zambia?
12 years old


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Client Reviews

Carmine Bee-Eater, Zambia
''Inspired planning with exceptionally good service. 
Everything we asked for and more than we had hoped for.''

Robert Hills

Leopard, Zambia
''Bridget could not have been more helpful in organising all aspects of our trip...
...she was very knowledgeable about the country and was able to select a fantastic trip which worked well for the whole family. She always responded promptly to our many enquiries so that when we left we felt reassured all would go well.''

Karen Priestley

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Did you know?

Whilst David Livingstone's body is buried at Westminster Abbey, his heart lies in Zambia. After his death, it was removed and buried beneath a mpundu tree
Zambia takes its name from the Zambezi River, which in turn means "River of God"
Zambia sits within a region known as "The Copperbelt". This wide swathe of land is renowned for its rich mineral deposits, particularly copper

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