Aerial view of the Zambezi River

How do I get to and around Zambia?

There are good international connections to Livingstone and Lusaka, and frequent scheduled flights between these two major gateways. Generally, however, travel to the game parks is undertaken by private or scheduled charter.

Flights

SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
There are good international connections to Livingstone and Lusaka, and frequent scheduled flights between these two major gateways. Generally, however, travel to the game parks is undertaken by private or scheduled charter.

CHARTER FLIGHTS
A number of charter companies run regular flights from Lusaka and Livingstone to major destinations. Charter flights are the most viable means of getting to the main National Parks, such as Kafue, South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. The frequency of such flights is dependent upon the season.

Space is limited on charter flights and strict luggage limits of 15kgs per person will apply, packed in soft-sided bags.

Transfers

Zambia is not an ideal self-drive destination, as distances are vast and the lack of infrastructure means that 4-wheel drive is the best option, although only for the very experienced traveller. Travelling by coach or train is not recommended.

What to remember when travelling around Zambia

Zambia is well known as a destination that is off the beaten track, which is especially appealing to those who have seen and done it all before. But the rugged beauty and natural wilderness comes at a price – the roads are less developed and facilities more basic than elsewhere in Africa.

It would be best to rely on flights and charter flights to get you to your destination, as other forms of travel are unreliable and easily affected by rainy conditions.