South Luangwa National Park
In an off-road vehicle, by boat or on foot on a game drive to elephant, hippo, zebra & Co. – a true feeling of freedom! With its 60 animal and 400 bird species, the national park is one of regions in Africa with the highest biodiversity. The landscape is characterized by the Luangwa River and its numerous branches.n.
Kafue National Park
The largest and at the same time oldest national park impresses with its indescribable vastness and untouched wetlands. Especially impalas, zebras, wildebeests and antelopes feel at home here. But one should also look out for lions, leopards and one of the last wild dog populations while on safari.
Lower Zambezi National Park
A relatively young national park with untamed beauty. Situated on the north bank of the mighty Zambezi River and surrounded by mountains, the national park extends over two ecoregions characterized by forest savannah. The park is home to lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, crocodiles and hippos, among others.
The impressive Victoria Falls (World Heritage Site) are part of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here, the water plunges 140m down the Zambezi River, and the resulting spray amazes visitors and hydrates the surrounding nature.
Zambia is not only rich in wildlife, also the 72 ethnic groups and 43 languages form a true mosaic of cultures. Far away from mass tourism, one can meet the people here eye to eye and get an authentic insight into their lives.
The capital Lusaka is the starting and ending point of all international air connections. Small airports, such as Livingstone near Victoria Falls, or Mfuwe near South Luangwa National Park, serve the most important domestic routes. By African standards, Zambia has a relatively well-developed road network with a total of 37,000km. Only the most important connecting roads are paved, so most of the time one drives on unpaved roads.
In the touristically developed regions one can find accommodations in different categories, but in limited numbers, since tourism in the country is still in development.
Climate and travel season
Zambia is characterized by a tropical climate, which is determined by three seasons: a cool dry season (May-September), a hot dry season (October-November) and a hot rainy season (December-April).
During the cool dry season, temperatures reach an average of 15°C to 27°C during the day. In the hot dry season, the thermometer rises to 24°C to 32°C. The hot rainy season with partly tropical storms is quite humid with 27°C to 38°C. Nevertheless, the rainy season is also sunny in some places. Regardless of the season, temperatures can also vary between regions and altitudes.
The best time for travelling to Zambia is in the winter months between May and October, as temperatures are pleasant, it is dry and the landscape is green. For ideal wildlife viewing, August to October is suitable.
Visa and entry
Citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland require a visa for entering Zambia, which can be applied for in advance at the responsible office in the respective country. All travel documents must be valid for at least six months beyond the trip and have at least 2 free pages for endorsements. Alternatively, it is also possible to apply for the visa upon arrival on site.
Since the regulations can change at any time, all information are non-binding and without guarantee. Please observe the visa regulations and the current information of the Federal Foreign Office / Federal Ministry European and International Affairs / Federal Department of Foreign Affaires at all times.
Impressions from Zambia
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