Zambia Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide
Located in Southern Africa, Zambia boasts a wealth of raging rivers, astonishing National Parks and magnificent waterfalls, including the world famous Victoria Falls. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities & Things to Do in Zambia
Travel to Zambia
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- Capital: Lusaka (population 1,700,000 approx)
- Population: 12,950,000 approx
- Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)
- Language: English + local languages
- International Dailing Code: +260
- Country Area: 752,600 km2
- People & Religion: Local people are mostly black African of Bantu descent with small European & Indian communities whilst the majority of Zambians are Christian although there is a Muslim & Hindu population
Top Reasons to Visit Zambia
- Some of the most welcoming people in the continent
- Exotic wildlife
- Spectacular sights
- Beautiful scenery
- Get up close to Victoria Falls
To enter Zambia you will need a valid passport and also pay a fee, you can apply for visa in advance or get one on arrival.
Gap Year in Zambia
Thinking about taking a gap year to Africa? Unsure which country is best to visit? Looking for an authentic experience like to other? Consider Zambia. This country has a rich culture and friendly local people most of which live in extreme poverty. Facilities and infrastructure in this country can be basic but that shouldn't take away what a magical experience you will have visiting. Search programs today.
There are lots of gap year experiences available in Zambia mostly helping people and wildlife. Most gap year programs will require you to be in good health, aged 18+ also there are join dates every month. There is no Nationality eligibility for most gap year experiences, you will need to be eligble for a tourist visa. Please check latest health and safety advice before departing for Zambia, malaria can be a problem and so you might want to get medication prior to arriving.
We recommend packing a mosquito net, water purification saches, light clothing and a first aid kit. Local food can be basic including fish with rice, stewed cabbage and pumpkin leaves with peanuts but still tasty.
Best Places to Visit in Zambia
Zambia has some of the most amazing attractions in the whole of Africa, this country is beautiful in terms of nature and wildlife. Here are some of the places you should try to see - definately consider them for your Zambia travel itinerary:
- Victoria Falls
- Blue Lagoon National Park
- Kafue National Park
- Kasanka National Park
- Lower Zambezi National Park
- Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
- Nsumbu National Park
- Sioma Ngwezi National Park
- South Luangwa National Park
Health & Safety
Be sure to visit your local GP to check what vaccinations are needed for this country. If you are going to be working with animals you might want to get a Rabies jab. We recommend packing anti-diarrhoea tablets (just in case your stomach doesn't react well to some of the local food) and also be sure to only drink and wash your teeth with bottle water