GETTING THERE: Flying from Washington to Zambia's capital, Lusaka, can take up to 26 hours and generally costs between $1,500 and $2,000. British Airways flies from Washington Dulles, through London. South African Airways flies from Dulles through Johannesburg.
GETTING AROUND: Most safari companies will arrange transfers from Lusaka to game parks and reserves. Lower Zambezi National Park and Kafue National Park can be reached by car from Lusaka within two to three hours. Driving to South Luangwa, however, takes many hours on a fairly bad road. The best option is to fly from Lusaka to Mfuwe on Proflight or Zambian Airways; fares start at about $166 round trip. Your safari operator will pick you up at the airport.
WHERE TO STAY: Norman Carr Safaris (telephone 011-260-216-246015 or 011-260-216-246025, http:/
Flatdogs Camp (011-260-216-246038, http:/
Mukambi Safari Lodge ( http:/
WHAT TO DO: Zambia has three major national parks popular for safari-goers -- South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi -- as well as several other smaller and more remote national parks and reserves, such as North Luangwa and the Bangweulu Wetlands.
Livingstone is home to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and also bills itself the "adventure capital of southern Africa." Bungee jumping, white-water rafting, helicopter rides and more can be arranged around the falls and the Upper Zambezi. Most of these activities cost between $70 and $100 per person.
The capital city, Lusaka, has few cultural attractions but features several quality craft markets, such as Kabwata Cultural Village, where you can also have a traditional Zambian lunch. For the more adventurous, local marketplaces are worth explorings.