Zambia: Getting Around

Most travelers either arrive into Livingstone or Lusaka airports on one of the daily flights from Johannesburg in South Africa, or they fly direct to Lusaka from London with British Airways (flights three times per week).

Within Zambia the main airline is Proflight and they have an extensive schedule of internal flights, including servicing South Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park and Livingstone (for the Victoria Falls). Kafue National Park is accessed by scheduled light aircraft transfer from either Livingstone or Lusaka, if staying at one of the Wilderness Safaris camps, or by road transfer or private charter if staying at a non-Wilderness camp. The less-visited parks and sights within Zambia are normally reached by private air charter.

Zambia is a huge country with long distances between the various parks. Flights are normally routed via Lusaka where you would need to change planes. For this reason it is sensible to maximize the time spent in each park. To keep costs and travel time to a minimum consider just visiting South Luangwa, where it is possible to combine a few camps giving very different experiences within one park. Within South Luangwa it is sometimes possible to walk between camps, otherwise you would have a game-drive transfer.

For those guests wanting to combine countries, a short road transfer is possible from Livingstone into Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) or Botswana (Kasane). Air transfers across the border are also possible. For a bush and beach experience, there is a direct flight from Mfuwe (South Luangwa) to Lilongwe in Malawi connecting with a short hop to some excellent beach experiences around Lake Malawi.

The luggage allowance on the Proflight internal flights is as follows:

  • Lusaka-Livingstone (and vice versa) is 2 pieces at no more than 23 kilos (50 pounds). On all other routes operated by smaller aircraft (including to South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi) the free allowance is two pieces up to 15 kilos. Total dimensions shall be no more than 157 cm/ 61 in.
  • Hand baggage is strictly limited to 5 kilos on all flights.

For most first-time visitors to Africa the imposition of such luggage restrictions is daunting…you may not have a suitable bag and the idea of packing so light can be very stressful. Our section on Pack for your Safari aims to provide practical advice to assist.