FAMILY SAFARI TO ZAMBIA, AFRICA

SHARED BY JO

10 NIGHTS/3 STOPS 

Getting off the beaten track to see the Big 5!

 

Jo is English and is married to Marc from France. They have 2 teenage boys, ages 16 and 18 years old. The international family currently lives in France and the USA.
Jo is English and is married to Marc from France. They have 2 teenage boys, ages 16 and 18 years old. The international family currently lives in France and the USA.
The main reason we chose Zambia over Kenya or Tanzania was because my cousin is living in Lusaka. I have read in an article that it is one of the safest countries in the world and we certainly never felt threatened in any way. The Zambians are in fact very friendly and almost always have a smile for you. Apart from the fact that it is a bit further to get to, there are never too many tourists, far fewer than the other classic African destinations.
We only scratched the surface when it comes to things to visit in Zambia. The kids have both said it was their favorite holiday so far. We have come away with fantastic memories of a beautiful country.
PARIS CDG – NAIROBI – LUSAKA
14h with 1 stopover
$1150 with Kenyan Airlines
 
RENTAL CAR
2200 km & 36 hours on the road 
3 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL  = $ 2425 / pp for 6 nights (4 nights in Lusaka where we stayed with friends)
$800 pp for 6 nights
$1150 /pp flights
$275 /pp car rental + fuel
$200 /pp activities + park entrance
 
Abundant wildlife
Friendliness of local population 
The Big 5
The Victoria falls
KEY FACTS OF ZAMBIA
Despite there being 72 languages in Zambia, English is the official language. The currency is the kwacha.
We went in July which is a good time to go. It is the dry season and as it is winter the maximum daytime temperature was around 30 degrees, but it did get fairly chilly during the night (5-7 degrees at times).
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Lusaka
Chiminuka – walk with the cheetahs
Lilayi elephant orphanage
1.
INTL AIRPORT TO
LUSAKA 
 
 
18 km – 20 min
Lusaka
2.
LUSAKA TO
SOUTH LUANGWA NP

600 km/11h – one way
South Luangwa National Park
3.
LUSAKA TO
LIVINGSTONE

500 km / 7h – one way
Livingstone
 
GOOD TO KNOW

  • Be prepared to drive long hours, worth every minute though.

  • Each drive was totally fascinating, watching Zambian life, which is clearly centered around the main road.

  • We hired a car and that is how we got about. Driving in Zambia is not at all aggressive and very relaxed – many parts of France are much more stessful! Everything is accessible by car, but there are few petrol/service stations so you will need to take plenty of food and be prepared to pee in the bush!

  • The main issues are the huge potholes in the road.

  • There are frequent police checks, you just need to put your hazard warning lights on and smile. They generally smile back and wave you on.

  • Keep to the speed limits, the fastest being 100km/h. The petrol is cheap and there are a few tolls of about 20 kw.

  • South Luangwa isn’t on any migration corridors but it is absolutely teeming with wildlife. A minute doesn’t go by on a game drive when you don’t see some creature wandering around but there are never too many jeeps in the same place.

  • We should have planned one more night in Livingstone (Victoria falls). In total we stayed 4 nights in Lusaka, 2 nights when we arrived, 1 night in between South Luangwa and Livingstone and 1 night at the end of the trip. If possible, try to minimize number of nights spent in Lusaka – as there is nothing special to visit there. 
  • We were privileged enough to see the big five, but wonder how much longer this will be possible……..