Zambia is the Land of the legendary African walking safari, home of the Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, all in one friendly country.The Wildlife is superb and some of the finest Safaris on the planet are available in Zambia's game parks, like the South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi National Parks.The parks offer the chance to get up close and personal with Africa's big game, with some of the highest concentrations of leopard, lion and elephants on the continent.
Zambia was one of the last countries to be discovered by foreign sportsmen, but for more than 30 years now, it has been one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa. Zambia is a large country, a bit larger than the state of Texas, and was previously known as Northern Rhodesia.Its diverse terrain, including lush river valleys, Kalahari bushveld, plateau woodland and huge swamps, contains a great variety of species.Zambia is one of the best places in Africa to hunt dangerous game such as lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant, as well as a great variety of plains game.The finest sable in Africa are found in Zambia, as well as several unique species found nowhere else.These include the Kafue lechwe, black lechwe, and Cookson’s wildebeest.
In recent years the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has done much to improve wildlife management, which is the cornerstone of the country’s tourism industry.Zambia boasts 19 national parks and 27 game management areas (GMAs). Modest harvest quotas and tight control of the safari industry have resulted in a high level of service and high success rates on big game safaris. Three types of safari licenses are permitted in Zambia: the Classic Safari, with a minimum duration of 14 days, which allows the hunter to hunt leopard lion, buffalo, and other premier species, as well as all species of plains game, and the Mini Safari, which allows the purchaser to hunt for a maximum of 5 animals, excluding high value species such as lion, leopard, sable and roan are the most popular.There are also Special Safari licenses which authorize the purchaser to hunt specific species such as Kafue lechwe and sitatunga.
Approximately half of Zambia is still sparsely populated.Therefore, there is ample excellent habitat for wild game.The Luangwa Valley has long been one of the most famous areas in Africa for lion and leopard and huge buffalo.This long river valley with its attendant flood plains and surrounding Mopane woodland has two national parks, which provide a steady reservoir of game for the several GMA blocks which surround them. Equally famous for full-maned lions is the Kafue National park and the hunting GMAs which surround it.On the Kafue Flats the largest of all subspecies of lechwe is found- the Kafue lechwe.The Kafue is also famous for huge sable and a great variety of other antelope.In the north of the country the vast Bangweulu swamp is home to black lechwe, tsessebe, oribi and Zambezi sitatunga.
Blessed with 17 magnificent waterfalls apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia offers tours for 'cascade followers' into the remote undeveloped rural areas where you can get a glimpse of village life. Zambia has the largest water resources in the whole of southern Africa with 5 massive lakes and plentiful rivers offering excellent fishing.A wide range of hi-action activities from the legendary Walking Safari deep in the wilderness, to world class River Rafting, Bungi into the deep gorge below the Victoria Falls, Abseiling, Canoeing Safaris down the Zambezi, River Surfing, excellent Tiger Fishing and breath-taking African sunsets.
The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices and a prolonged drought hurt the economy.
Although Zambia lies in the tropics, the height of the plateau ensures that the climate is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. There are three seasons: the cool, dry winter season from May to September; the hot, dry season in October and November; and the rainy season, which is even hotter, from December to April.
It's best to come into the country with either travellers cheques or dollars or pounds which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureaux de Change in the main Towns. If you are offered an exchange on the black market at the borders, exercise extreme caution as they are notorious for cheating you without you even realising it. Travellers cheques attract a commission when changing to other currencies.
The Zambian currency is the Kwacha and it fluctuates quite regularly. In 2011 - 1 US$ buys you 4800 Kwacha .Most used denominations are K500 and K1000, K5000, K10 000 and K50 000 notes.
Your gateway to enter Southern African countries is Johannesburg South Africa. There are two different airlines we recommend namely South African Airways that departs from Washington, DC and New York and Delta Airways that departs from Atlanta.
Passports & Visa
Passport control has become very strict. Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from your return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard. There must be at least two blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages). Visitors have been denied entry due to not having sufficient Visa pages in their passports. Click here for all related & updated information.
The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. This is mostly the dry season in Zambia. Temperatures vary during the dry season in the Luangwa from mild in June and July to very hot from mid - September onward.
We do however consider May through to end of October to be our prime Luangwa Valley hunting months. Although October has good hunting, the temperatures can be very high and in November the punctual rains halt the chance of hunting.
An anti-malarial course should be taken three weeks prior to arrival in Zambia and terminated six weeks after your return. We suggest that you consult your doctor regarding the prophylactics required. Please ensure that we are informed before your arrival about any health or dietary needs. It is highly recommended that all clients should have an international travel and health insurance which would include evacuation out of the safari area and Zambia should an emergency situation arise.
- We recommend that all clients bring a minimum caliber of .375 or more for larger dangerous game (buffalo and Lion) and a 300 Win Mag. or similar caliber rifle for Leopard and plains game species. A good quality variable scope preferably with red dot illumination is recommended for rifles – especially where cats will be hunted in low light conditions.
- Importation of ammunition into Zambia is regulated to 100 rounds per rifle and 200 rounds per shotgun. Please note that a non - refundable Excise Duty is payable on all ammunition being brought into Zambia at a rate of US $4 per round.
- Firearm import permits must be obtained before your arrival. Our company offices handle these applications and it is imperative to ensure we are supplied well in advance of the correct make and serial numbers of the rifles you will be using. Errors on the firearm permit will lead to refusal of temporary import of firearms by the Zambian Authorities. The amount of ammunition stipulated on the permit may not be varied once the license is issued.