Zambia offers travellers some of the world's best safari opportunities, a glimpse into "real Africa" and Victoria Falls, one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Important cities: Lusaka, Chipata, Kabwe, Kitwe, Livingstone, Ndola
Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)
Visa policy: Link
Area: 752,614 km2
Languages: English, major vernaculars - Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about 70 other indigenous languages
Mobile Phone: MTN and Airtel are the most performant mobile phone networks. Local SIM cards are available and cheap.
Country code: +260
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Internet TLD: .zm
Time Zone: UTC+2
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel
- Winter — May to July. The coolest time of the year.
- Spring — August to September. The mildest time of the year.
- Dry Summer — October to November. Hottest and dryest time of the year. This is a good time for safaris.
- Wet Summer — Late November to March. True to the name, there is a lot of rain — sometimes just an hour or two, sometimes for days on end. Great time for tropical fruits. Zambian mangoes are some of the greatest.
- Fall — Late March to April. This is the harvest season and there is plenty of fress organic food. The harvest festivals take place in winter.
When should you go: Adventure travelers should visit Zambia from April to October, for prime wildlife viewing.