Located in Southern Africa, this country also boasts a wealth of raging rivers, astonishing National Parks and magnificent waterfalls, including the world famous Victoria Falls - somewhere you have to visit once in your life.  You can expect spectacular scenery, huge waterfalls, exotic wildlife, a choice of overland safaris and friendly local people.


Zambia Holidays, Gap Year, Travel Ideas & Experiences

Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Zambia.

Zambia Travel Guide

Zambia Travel Guide

Get information, ideas and inspiration for your trip to Zambia.

  • 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. 



Travelling in Zambia

Travelling in Zambia

Zambia is a very peaceful landlocked country bordered by eight other countries - Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola & Congo. Zambia is a travel destination party due to Victoria Falls being located here, this is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Most people join organised trips as travelling independently here can be difficult.


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
  • Chingola
  • Kafue National Park
  • Kasanka National Park
  • Kitwe
  • Livingstone
  • Lower Zambezi National Park
  • Lusaka
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Ndola
  • Nsumbu National Park
  • Siavonga
  • Sioma Ngwezi National Park
  • Solwezi
  • 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


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