Cheap Flights to Zambia
Zambia in deep, dark Africa is a landlocked country bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the DRC.
Its an amazing wilderness of rocky terrain, lakes, wetlands, the powerful Zambezi River and the majestic Victoria Falls and home to an astounding diversity of wildlife with fabulous parks for safaris.
There are ten airports tactically located around the country with the largest being Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka, its Capital city. Visitors have a good choice of hotels, guest houses, lodges and especially safari camps to stay over in. There are four backpacker and 18 campsite establishments for those roughing it.
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Zambia International Airport
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), Lusaka 10101, Zambia
Located in the tropics, Zambia has good rains.
The dry season from May to the end of October has little or no rainfall with a low humidity level. During May average temperatures are between 12 and 25°C in the afternoon with nights getting colder. June, July and August start with temperatures around 10°C to a comfortable 23°C in the afternoons, but lower altitude areas are hotter. During September and October the heat starts rising with the first rains presenting relief from the dry conditions. Temperatures during September are around 29°C, rising to 31°C in October, the hottest month. It can be unpleasantly hot in the lower-lying parks where temperatures rise to over 40°C along with humidity.
During the wet season, from November to April, many areas are inaccessible and a number of camps in Kafue, the lower Zambezi and remote parks closed. November has temperatures between 18 to 29°C with some rain. The wettest months are December through to end of March with heavy downpours in the afternoons and temperatures around 26°C.
When to fly to Zambia
High season : July to October – not too crowded, except for Victoria Falls.
Low season : November to April – parks very quiet with many closed.
Best weather : April, May and September – pleasant temperatures.
Worst weather : October and December to March
For game viewing, the best time to visit is during the dry season when animals assemble around waterholes and rivers. During the wet season sand roads can become impenetrable forcing many camps and parks to close, however the Mfuwe part of South Luangwa with sandy soil and all-weather roads is reachable throughout the year.
Getting around Zambia
Tourists can fly around Zambia with Proflight, Zambia’s leading domestic air carrier that offers scheduled flights to the tourist hubs of Mfuwe and Livingstone or charter a flight with ProCharter to reach other destinations.
Tourists in no hurry benefit from hiring a rental vehicle from Avis or Europcar with desks at airports and in major cities. Major cities are connected by a network of tarred or gravel roads and highways so it’s easy finding your way, however minor roads are often in poor condition becoming impassable during the rainy season. Visitors are advised not to drive at night in rural areas due to uneven road surfaces and wild animals straying into the road.
Taxis are perfect for those short, quick trips in and around the city, but book directly by phone or via your hotel as its impossible to hail one down in the street. Fares are unmetered so they should be agreed in advance.
Public transport around towns and cities is done in private minibuses and shared taxis which are basic, sometimes packed and not metered.
Long-distance coaches are available from Lusaka’s intercity bus terminal to major regional centres.
Zambia insider information
- Go canoeing down a relaxed lower Zambezi River with crocodiles and hippos or for more excitement go river rafting down a more tumultuous section of the river.
- Lake Tanganyika opens up a whole new world of spectacular freshwater fish when snorkelling or scuba diving; spend the night in a lakeside lodge listening to the amazing sounds of Africa.
- 50km north of Kasanka is the Bangweulu Wetlands, not often visited it comprises a magical wilderness of lakes, swamp, flooded grasslands and unspoiled miombo woodland and is the only place in Africa, where large numbers of black lechwes are seen. Known for its birdlife with some 400 species noted, its paradise for birders.
- Nothing beats the breathtaking sight of Victoria Falls, 1,688m wide, just over 100m high and with 550 million litres cascading over every minute.
- The stunningly enormous Kafue National Park in the Busanga Plains affords visitors fantastic game viewing opportunities.
- One of the best wildlife parks in Africa is the South Luangwa National Park with its superb day and night guiding, visitors have the best possible sightings.
- The protected Lower Zambezi National Park in the Lower Zambezi Valley has an alarming reputation for big game. It’s great for walking or driving safaris with sightings of buffalo and elephants that regularly cross the river.