Zambia, home to breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the legendary Victoria Falls, is a dream destination for adventurous travellers. This landlocked, peanut-shaped Southern African gem offers a plethora of experiences ranging from thrilling safaris to immersive cultural encounters. Join me in exploring the marvels of Zambia and learning how I can create a personalised and unforgettable adventure just for you.

Once known as Northern Rhodesia, Zambia offers visitors an authentic African experience complete with adrenaline pumping adventure sports, a variety of fascinating cultural activities, and an abundance of indigenous wildlife, which finds refuge in Zambia’s vast national parks.

Spend your evenings enjoying the spectacular site of the world’s largest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, while sipping on sundowners after an exhilarating day of whitewater rafting down the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River.

If that sounds a little too adventurous for your taste, take a houseboat cruise along the exquisite Lake Kariba while watching wild elephants drink at the riverbank as you try your hand at catching the elusive tiger fish. However you choose to spend your time in this unique country, you are bound to leave with a heavy heart and a desire to return again soon to this exceptionally beautiful Southern African country.

Getting There and Around

Most international flights to Zambia arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the capital city. Depending on your country of origin, you probably no longer require a visa to enter Zambia, a change made in early 2023, hugely benefitting visitors.

Once you’re in the country, getting around is best done through a combination of domestic flights, private transfers, and guided tours, all of which can be arranged by The Grown-up Travel Company.

Top Attractions and Experiences

  • Victoria Falls: Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “The Smoke that Thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Experience the awe-inspiring power of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from various viewpoints or partake in adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping or white-water rafting.
  • South Luangwa National Park: Renowned for its incredible wildlife diversity and high concentration of leopards, South Luangwa offers unparalleled game viewing experiences, including walking safaris and night drives.
  • Lower Zambezi National Park: Nestled along the banks of the Zambezi River, this park provides a unique opportunity to explore the African bush by boat or canoe while witnessing elephants, hippos, and other wildlife up-close.
  • Kafue National Park: As Zambia’s largest national park, Kafue boasts vast plains, diverse wildlife, and the stunning Busanga Swamps, which teem with birdlife and offer hot air balloon safaris.

Hidden Gems and Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

  • Kasanka Bat Migration: Witness the world’s largest mammal migration as millions of straw-coloured fruit bats descend upon Kasanka National Park between October and December.
  • Liuwa Plain National Park: This remote park is home to the second-largest wildebeest migration in Africa, as well as the famed Lady Liuwa lion pride.
  • Shiwa Ng’andu: Discover this historical English-style manor house set amidst the Zambian countryside, complete with lush gardens and an intriguing history.

Wildlife and Conservation

Zambia is committed to protecting its rich biodiversity and has designated over 30% of its land to national parks and game management areas. I support local conservation efforts and only partner with lodges and operators that share my commitment to preserving Zambia’s natural treasures.

Local Culture and Traditions

Zambia’s cultural tapestry is woven from the traditions of more than 70 ethnic groups, each with its unique customs and beliefs. Visitors can immerse themselves in local culture by attending traditional ceremonies, visiting local markets, and engaging with communities through village visits.

Culinary Delights

Zambian cuisine is a delightful blend of traditional staples and contemporary influences. A must-try dish is nshima, a maize porridge often accompanied by succulent meat or fish and flavourful vegetable relishes. I can recommend authentic dining experiences to suit your tastes and preferences.

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Zambia depends on your interests. For wildlife enthusiasts, the dry season (May to October) offers the best game viewing opportunities. Meanwhile, the green season (November to April) brings verdant landscapes, abundant birdlife, and dramatic skies perfect for photography.

Accommodation Options

From luxurious riverside lodges to eco-friendly bush camps, Zambia offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every traveller. I carefully select properties that provide an authentic experience, exceptional service, comfort, and a strong commitment to sustainability.

Responsible Travel Tips

  • Respect local customs and traditions
  • Support community-run businesses and initiatives
  • Follow park regulations and minimise your environmental impact

Sample Itinerary

Day 1-3: Victoria Falls and Livingstone

Day 4-7: South Luangwa National Park

Day 8-10: Lower Zambezi National Park

Day 11-14: Kafue National Park

This sample itinerary showcases Zambia’s highlights and unique offerings. As you know, I will customise this itinerary to cater to your interests, preferences, and duration of stay.

Personal Anecdote

On my first visit to Zambia, I found myself captivated by the warm hospitality of the Zambian people and the abundance of wildlife in South Luangwa. A walking safari brought me close to nature in a way I had never experienced before, leaving me with memories I will cherish forever.

On my second visit, I was further overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lower Zambezi National Park, with close encounters with wild dogs, elephants, leopards and lions.

Health and Safety

While Zambia is generally a safe destination, travellers should be aware of potential health risks such as malaria. Consult your doctor before your trip to discuss vaccinations and other health precautions.

Packing Tips

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing in neutral colours
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera gear and binoculars for wildlife spotting
  • Insect repellent and personal medication

Local Customs and Etiquette

  • Dress modestly, especially when visiting rural areas or religious sites
  • Greet people with a friendly “hello” or “muli bwanji” in the local Bemba language
  • Seek permission before taking photographs of people or their homes

Sustainable Tourism

Zambia’s commitment to sustainable tourism is evident in its eco-lodges, conservation projects, and community-based initiatives. By choosing to travel with The Grown-up Travel Company, you are supporting these efforts and contributing to the preservation of Zambia’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

Customisation and Personalisation

I take pride in crafting tailor-made itineraries that cater to individual needs and preferences. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a solo expedition, I’ll work closely with you to design the perfect Zambian journey.

Why Choose The Grown-up Travel Company

With my extensive experience, passion for African travel, and commitment to responsible tourism, I am your trusted partner for creating unforgettable adventures in Zambia. I believe that a journey to Africa is a life-changing experience, and am dedicated to making your Zambian adventure extraordinary.

Get in Touch

Ready to embark on the Zambian adventure of a lifetime? Contact me today, and let’s start planning your personalised journey. You can reach me by email, phone, or through the website.


Zambia’s incredible landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture make it a must-visit destination for adventurous travellers. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the wonders of Zambia with The Grown-up Travel Company. Get in touch with me today, and let’s create your perfect Zambian adventure together.

Travel Information


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Kafue National Park

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Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Located a few kilometres from the Zambezi River in southwestern Zambia, the bustling town of Livingstone is famous as the home of the magnificent Victoria Falls….

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Luangwa National Park

Resting in the eastern part of Zambia northwest of Chipata, the Luangwa National Park is divided into two areas both along the impressive Luangwa River. The…

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North Luangwa National Park

Tourists can only access this magnificent private park via a safari operator, who can take them on exciting walking safaris through the park, where visitors will…

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South Luangwa National Park

Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of…

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