Getting around in Zambia
Zambia is a large country and its most popular tourist attractions are a long way from each other. The road and rail infrastructure throughout the country has traditionally been very poor, making terrestrial transport both arduous and expensive.
Partly due to the poor condition of most roads in the country and the lack of support infrastructure, self drive vehicle hire is not commonly offered.
There is a line of rail between Livingstone and Lusaka. The track then terminates and restarts north of Lusaka at a town called Kapiri Mposhi. From here the Tazara railway takes passengers North East to Tanzania and beyond.
By far the easiest and most common way for tourists to get around Zambia is by air. There is one company offering scheduled services to the major tourist destinations - Proflight. Norman Carr Safaris works very closely with Proflight and in the peak season there can be as many as three flights a day between Lusaka and Mfuwe and probably at least one option to connect between Mfuwe and Livingstone and vice versa. There are also very good charter options which can be expensive but it’s well worth checking charter rates if you’re travelling in a group.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is serviced by light aircraft from Lusaka but it is also possible to book direct charter flights into this National Park from both Mfuwe and Livingstone.
Norman Carr Safaris is more than happy to assist guests with their internal Zambian flights and we also offer a meet and greet service for all our guests at Lusaka Airport when on arrival into Zambia.
Typical flight times between the major points of interest are as follows:
- Lusaka – Mfuwe 1 hr 10 mins
- Lusaka – Livingstone 1 hr 10mins
- Lusaka – Lower Zambezi 35 minutes
- Mfuwe – Livingstone 2.5 hrs including 30 minutes on the ground in Lusaka