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Zambia was named after the fourth-biggest river in Africa. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa after the Nile, Congo, and Niger Rivers.

Zambia is known for producing beautiful arts and crafts, many of which you’ll find across South Africa

Weather now!

"The best time to visit Zambia is during the dry season between June and November. The skies are cobalt blue, the days are hot, and the nights are cool. Temperatures can sit anywhere from 23°C to 36°C across the country. Wildlife-spotting opportunities are plentiful during this time too."

For hot and dry climate conditions, be there from mid-August to mid-November. 

The wet rainy season is usually from around mid-November to April.

The nearest airport to Victoria Falls is Livingstone (LVI) Airport which is 12 km away.

  • Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) is 18.3 km from Victoria falls.
  • Kasane Airport (BBK) is 71.6 km from Victoria falls.

Zambian kwacha.

English is the Zambian Government's official language and is used for education, commerce, and law. However, you'll hear many different languages spoken by the locals. Especially since they have seven official vernacular languages. Namely, Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga.

  • Central Africa Time
  • Time zone in Zambia (GMT+2)

Click here to see the current time in Zambia.

The ladies tend to wear loose dresses or long skirts with a blouse, whereas the gents dress mostly in long trousers with loose-fitting cotton shirts.

Why Zambia is such a popular holiday destination!

Zambia is Africa’s hidden gem. 

Not only is it famous for pioneering the walking safari, but here you get to experience a raw slice of Africa. The Zambian people are super-friendly and proud of their variety of safari and game activities. They will go out of their way to ensure you have a good time.

Food & Drink

Starch and comfort foods such as stews, soups, and beans are the general norm.  

The most popular traditional Zambian dishes are:

  • Bushmeat (Game Meat) 
  • Chikanda (Arican Polony).  Unlike what the name implies, it is a meatless dish, purely vegetables. Chikanda is a type of orchid known as a wild edible orchid.
  • Dry Fish.
  • Ifinkubala (Mopane Worms/ Caterpillars). 
  • Ifisashi is a traditional vegetarian dish from Zambia that is prepared with spinach and peanuts.
  • Kapenta (Dry Sardines) 
  • Mutete is a Zambian dish of kasawa leaves, brewed with lemon juice, a dash of vinegar, some salt, and pepper.
  • Nshima is a very thick porridge made from finely ground cornmeal, called mealie meal.
  • Samp is very much the same basis as Nshima except that the maize isn’t finely ground. Once it has been ground into smaller pieces and the coating around the maize is off, you have your Samp. Samp appears on breakfast, lunch, or even dinner menus.
most popular traditional Zambian dishes

I’ve added links to some of the traditional Zambian dishes so you can try them at home. Enjoy the recipes!

The most popular drink in Zambia

  • Mosi is the lager enjoyed the most. The name was taken from the original name for Victoria Falls.
  • Locals in the rural areas drink maize or sorghum beer, often homemade.

Travel Costs for Zambia

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