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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 a Zambia safari is for you. Next to its ultra-luxurious neighbour, Botswana, Zambia safaris feel 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 holidays 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.

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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

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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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 Zambia

Nights: 11 | from £6,185pp

With huge reserves, relatively few tourists, excellent guides and varied activity options, Zambia offers an extremely special safari experience, plus... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Highlights of Zambia

Nights: 8 | from £3,145pp

Zambia is the experienced Africa hand’s best-kept secret – and South Luangwa National Park is the jewel in its crown, home to profuse wildlife and the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp

Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Zambian Explorer

Nights: 10 | from £3,745pp

This special Classic Zambia is an incredible opportunity to discover the heart of Zambia for families and couples alike. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Active Zambia

Nights: 12 | from £8,995pp

Perfect if you like adventure and action, this itinerary allows you to experience the best of Zambia encompassing classic safari in South Luangwa National... Find out more

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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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Adventure & Culture

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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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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.

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