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The Best Time to Visit Zambia

Unlike most of Africa, Zambia’s weather patterns during the year are clearly split in two, with a definite ‘dry season’ (May to October) and ‘wet season’ (November to April). Both have their advantages.

The dry season represents the best time for game viewing in Zambia’s national parks. The drier bushland makes walking safaris easier and animal sightings much likelier, with the thinning vegetation and wildlife congregating around watering holes. The beginning and middle of the dry season (late May to August) offers the best time to twin a safari holiday with a trip to the Victoria Falls, which is full with water but not obscured by heavy mist. Towards the end of the dry season, it starts to get hotter and the water on the Zambian side of the Falls often dries up. However, you can always hop over to the Zimbabwean side to observe the cascade or hop in Devil’s Pool, where you can peer over the waterfall’s edge.

The rainy season is now often billed as the ‘green season’, where vegetation bursts into life, like a lush emerald swathe carpeting the country. While many lodges and parks close (South Luangwa stays open) and wildlife is hard to spot among the dense undergrowth, it’s worth visiting for the eye-popping scenery alone. Canoe safaris are good during the wet season and while for the majority of this period the Victoria Falls is blanketed with thick spray, towards the end (around March), the Falls is arguably at its best – misty, roaring and beautiful.

When to go to Zambia

Zambia Travel Advice Essentials

Do I need any vaccinations for Zambia?

Please seek advice from your doctor regarding medical precautions against Malaria. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended. If entering Zambia from a yellow fever zone, you must be in possession of a valid international yellow fever innoculation certificate. Please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel for current advice.

What is the time difference between Zambia and the UK?

The time difference is GMT +2 hours.

How long is the flight to Zambia?

The flight time from London to Lusaka or Livingstone is around 14 hours, including one stopover.

What is the currency in Zambia?

The currency is the Zambian kwacha.

Do I need visa for a holiday in Zambia?

All UK nationals need to visa to enter Zambia. The visa application can be completed on arrival in Zambia or prior to travelling, either in person at the Zambia High Commission in London or via post. A 90-day tourist visa is £35.

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