Zambia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Zambia

Where is it?: Zambia sits landlocked in southern Africa, east of Angola.

Why do people go here?: Zambia is one of those African countries that is often overlooked. With the recent political instability in Zimbabwe, more and more tourists are going to Zambia to visit the wildlife parks, and to see Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River.

What are the main entry points?: There are a number of ways to reach Zambia. There a good flights from Europe into Lusaka. Overland trips come via Malawi or Zimbabwe.

Currency used: Kwacha

Country Code for Phones: 260

Area codes for Major Cities: Lusaka 1

Religion: Christian 50%, Muslim 30%, Hindu 20%

Population: 13 million

Ethnic Breakdown: African 98%, European 1%, Other 1%

Government: Republic

Languages: English, Tonga, Lozi

Travel Information

Major Cities: Lusaka

Attractions: Victoria Falls, Livingstone, South Luangwa National Park

Accomodation: Zambia Hostels, Zambia Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Zambia- Ministry of Tourism, P.O. Box 30575 Lusaka, Zambia; http://www.zamnet.zm/travel-tourism.html

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Kafue National Park, Siavonga

Health Issues: Malaria, Typhoid, Yellow Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November to April is the rainy season, so anytime outside of the months is good.

Common Phrases: English speaking country.

Specific Events/Holidays: New Year’s Day: January 1, Youth Day: (second Monday in March), Workers Day: May 1, Unity Day: October 21

Getting Around: Traveling around Zambia takes patience and persistence. Buses regularly travel between main cities, but if you head off-the-beaten path, getting around can take a lot more time and energy.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Zambia is the Lusaka International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Zambia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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