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To us Zambia represents wild, raw, untouched Africa. If you are looking for adventure, to get away from the hordes, or to feel the beating heart of this epic continent, then Zambia is the place for you. Next to its ultra-luxurious neighbour, Botswana, Zambia feels more authentic with its incredible camps that really capture the soul of the bush. Needless to say you will never go wanting in camp –the food sumptuous, the view resplendent, and the tents divine. The incredible array of wildlife and the sheer numbers often surprise visitors, especially considering how few other people you spot. But this really is the norm here;from the vast concentration of leopard in the South Luangwa and the massive herds of elephant and buffalo in the Lower Zambezi, to the wide variety of life on the Kafue plains and the incredible migration of over five million bats at Kasanka. As if this isn't enough to get you booking that flight to Lusaka, what truly separates Zambia from the rest is the wealth of activities on offer. Set off in a 4x4 for thrilling game drives –all the more intense at night;strike out on foot for an up close and personal get-together with the bush;jump into a canoe and paddle the waters of the remarkable Zambezi, or climb aboard a boat for a gorgeous sunset cruise to the chorus of the wild. If you thought we were done at safari, you are mistaken. No visit to Zambia would be complete without a good drenching from the mighty Victoria Falls –one of the most iconic, jaw-dropping visions of Africa. Mosi-oa-Tunya –the 'smoke that thunders' –is an apt name for this spectacle;your shouts of astonishment would be drowned out if you weren't already speechless.

Zambia with A&K
Zambia might be gloriously wild with some of Africa's best game viewing, but we're happy to garnish raw nature with decadent treats. Take our guest who, during a game drive in Kafue National Park, mentioned to his wife that he'd kill for an ice cream. The guide overheard and relayed the information back to camp. Just hours later, the couple turned a corner on their late afternoon drive to discover a freshly built ice cream stand in the bush, with a waiter spooning out the cool stuff. A&K: turning mirages into reality.

Our safari guides, of course, know more about wild animals than ice creams and sorbet. A lot more. Selected for their specialist knowledge and passion for the wilderness, they're part of a multi-centre regional team that has offered luxury travel in Southern Africa for over forty years. Along with 24-hour emergency contact, its size and reach can create flexible itineraries, with long-established local relationships generating unique experiences: behind-the-scenes-tours of Victoria Falls Bridge, and exclusive safaris with leading conservationists.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent Zambian holiday  - imagine wilderness the size of Wales - where the vast watery landscape hum with life including the Kafue red lechwe. It's a wonderful aperitif for Luangwa arguably the continent's finest game park: a stage for expert walking safaris to get up close and personal with the prolific game.

South Luangwa spawns fabulous memories from our returning clients including a perfect sundowner at one of A&K's favourite tented camps, Sanctuary Puku Ridge. As with the ice cream stand, it was a splendid symmetry of time and place, with guests arriving on an escarpment minutes before sunset to discover, to their amazement, a full bar and hot canapés - a perfect paring with the dramatic widescreen views.

Further south the Lower Zambezi National Park, a haven for elephant, hippo and birds, has camps drizzled along the immense valley's serene riverbank. You'll almost certainly want to garland your A&K Zambian safari with Victoria Fall's mile-wide curtain of water. The smoke might thunder but it won't ruin your camera or clothes - our guides carry ponchos and dry bags for off the heavyweight spray. Trust us, these are holiday shots you will not want ruined.

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Zimbabwe and Zambia

Nights: 9 | from £4,935

Two countries, twice the wildness: Zimbabwe and Zambia make an ideal African combination – both are bursting with game and great lodges, and share the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Set departure

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Quintessential Zambia

Nights: 10 | from £5,995

Spend 11 days in Zambia tracking big game in the Luanga Valley, relaxing with hippos and elephants in Lower Zambizi and Victoria Falls. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Highlights of Zambia

Nights: 8 | from £2,995

Drive through the Luangwa Valley, one of Zambia's best areas for game and bird spotting, before admiring Victoria Falls on this exciting 9 day adventure. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style

Nights: 11 | from £8,025

Visiting Johannesburg, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Livingstone Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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A True Family Adventure to Zambia

Nights: 10 | from £4,975

Learn to track big cats, canoe through rivers with hippos and elephants, meet local children and enjoy 11 days of quality family time in Zambia. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

South Luangwa

South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. Set on a rocky ridge and overlooking the Kakumbi dambo...Find out more

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Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi

Offering the best guiding in Africa, Chiawa is an outstanding camp set in the wilds of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Sixteen guests are accommodated...Find out more

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Shumba Camp

Kafue National Park  

Shumba Camp is set in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe and other antelope species, which move onto the Plains as the dry...Find out more

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Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma lodge is named after David Livingstone's faithful friends, Sussi and Chuma who carried his body all way back to England from...Find out more

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Quintessential Zambia


Prices from £6,475pp saving up to £485pp for 10 nights
Book our Quintessential Zambia for travel between 1st July and 30th September 2015 to enjoy this fantastic saving at the best time to travel to Zambia. Price includes international flights, internal flights, accommodation on a full board basis including local drinks, laundry and safari game drives while at Puku Ridge and Chiawa. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Sanctuary Botswana and Zambia Green Season Offer

Botswana, Zambia

Save from £1460 per couple
Stay a minimum of 6 nights at a combination of the following selected Sanctuary lodges and camps in Botswana and or Zambia: Stanley's Camp, Chobe Chilwero, Sussi & Chuma and Chichele Presidential Lodge and Chief's Camp and pay a discounted rate.Valid for travel from the 1st November to 20th December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Africa in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Africa team, click on the consultants' names below, call them on 01242 547 701  or enquire online


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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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Useful info

zambia map

Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 15 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Required for UK passport holders

A UNIVISA (a multi-entry visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe) can now be obtained on arrival. The UNIVISA will allow you to travel across the border from Zambia into Zimbabwe if your itinerary includes a trip to view Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side this is the visa you need.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - June, when the water levels are at their greatest


The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain rainfall and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.

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