Traveling to Zambia can be quite expensive. I had to struggle to take advantage of what was available as I was a budget traveler.
Movement and accomodation
- Lodges in the wilderness areas are expensive and I chose to stay in a tent alongside other campers when moving to those areas.
- When traveling to rural areas, I booked a tour alongside other tourists to cut down on costs. Getting a designated driver to ferry you to the countryside is very expensive and one has to part with almost 100USD per day.
- Traveling during the dry season(May-August) came in handy as tour vehicles rates were low compared to the wet season.
- I visited Victoria falls in southern Zambia for 3 days. I stayed in Livingstone town as opposed to the lodges near the falls as rent is cheaper.
- When in towns I searched for the best hotel deals and found quality rooms that cost less than 30USD per night.
- When moving from Lusaka to Livingstone, train transport was my best alternative. For only 20 USD I made a 4hour trip!
- Private charters and internal flights cost not less than 100USD and are not budget friendly.
- Meals and water are cheap and cost less than 30USD per day.
- Most of my shopping was done in Lusaka. Prices in the city are lower compared to the countryside.
- Haggling !! I got very good deals when purchasing products due to this.
- Fitting in easily as a local came in handy. Trader's didn't take advantage of me.
- My visits to tourist gift shops while in parks were limited to avoid overspending.
- To avoid the temptation to overspend, I used to cash and kept my credit cards away.
Despite being on a budget my safari trip to Zambia was a success!