If you want to take a walk on the wild side, you need to explore Zambia. The spectacular countryside offers visitors a chance to see wildlife roaming freely and vast bodies of water flowing through unending plains. Wherever you go, you'll find that the Zambian people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. You're guaranteed to leave a changed person.

Where to stay

No matter where you travel in Zambia, you'll always find quality accommodation within budget. Choose from 5-star international hotel chains, tented camps, boutique hotels, guest houses and BnBs, safari lodges, houseboats and backpackers. And to experience village life, you can stay in a mud hut in rural Zambia.

 

How to get around

No matter where you go, there are always taxis waiting to take you around the cities. Catching a ride is as easy as hailing a cab or booking one.

If you prefer to chart your own course, you can hire a car. This is never a bad idea when travelling into the countryside, although, a 4x4 is a must. Pop into any of the car hire companies at the airport to choose your vehicle. Expect to pay anywhere from US$150-300 a day.

And if you’d like an education on your travels, book a guided tour. You won’t be disappointed.

 

What to eat

Zambia is home to many great restaurants offering delicious food and fast-food joints. For those wanting to sample traditional and local dishes, here are a few delicious options to consider. An affordable and filling option is nshima. Cooked from finely ground maize, it's served with veggies and meat, and can be eaten at any time of the day.

If you're not too squeamish, ifishimu (or caterpillars) is a local delicacy worth trying. Fried in peanut butter sauce, these crunchy critters are quite delectable.

 

Budgeting

Your stay in Zambia can become expensive, particular if you're travelling to experience the game lodges. They tend to be small and fill up quickly during peak periods making them quite costly. Budget between US$260 and US$370 a day. For all other travellers budget between US$80 on the low end of the scale to up to US$500 a day.

 

Local currency

The local currency is the Zambian Kwacha. Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and some of the bigger shops. Most banks have ATMs which accept Visa cards for cash. Unfortunately, MasterCard or American Express are not widely accepted.