Find out more about hiring a car in this African nation with our useful guide…
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa. It is a huge and sprawling nation that shares borders with countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania. The capital, Lusaka, is home to around two million people and many visitors arrive at the city’s airport, the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN). For those making a beeline directly to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, meanwhile, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly known as Livingstone Airport, is the main gateway.
You can arrange to collect your hire car at either of these international airports in Zambia when you book online before you go. Collecting your car at the airport saves on the cost and stress of using public transport or taxis to get to your accommodation. However, there are also car-rental locations in downtown areas of Lusaka, Livingstone, and other destinations across the country.
Lusaka is a very busy city and drivers need to take extra care on the roads. Be sure to organise full and comprehensive insurance when you organise car rental in Zambia. It can be unsafe to drive outside of the country’s urban areas at night due to poorly lit and badly maintained rural roads – you might not see that huge pothole in the darkness until it’s too late. Sudden floods during the rainy season, which runs from November to April, can also make some roads unstable.
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When you book car rental, Zambia is yours to explore… where will you go?
Waterfalls don’t come much more spectacular than Victoria Falls. Here, the gushing waters of the Zambezi River, which flows here along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, drop some 100 metres across a width of around 1,700 metres. There are excellent viewpoints on both sides of the border, with some tourists choosing to obtain a day visa to move between the two while at the falls.
The Zambezi is also host to a number of high-octane adventures. So if seeing these mighty falls doesn’t get your heart beating fast enough, why not try bungee jumping, gorge swinging, or white-water rafting?
For a different kind of thrill, meanwhile, the national parks of Zambia can be discovered at your pace when you opt to hire a car. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is on the edge of Livingstone and drivers can steer their own vehicles among zebra, giraffe, warthog and antelope, as well as visiting elephant.
It’s also possible to get out of the city and see Africa’s wildlife from Lusaka, either on day excursions with a guide or under your own steam using your car. In the city, visitors get happily lost in the maze of stalls at markets such as Lusaka City Market and Northmead Market, while cultural pursuits come in the shape of the Lusaka National Museum and the Kabwata Cultural Village.
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