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Zambia Road Trip

Lusaka - Luangwa - Sinda - Kakumbi - Mpika - Serenje - Kabwe - Mumbwa - Kafue N.P. - Itezhi-Tezhi Lake - Kalomo - Livingstone - Choma

Expect on your Zambia Road Trip Itinerary

Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Security Security
Culture Culture
ACTIVATE MAP Stages13 km3,201 h/stage7.8

Best months to drive Zambia Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Zambia Road Trip in Zambia?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,680EUR drive & more 363EUR sleep & more 616EUR eat & more 252EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,231EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,911EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,205EUR drive & more 475EUR sleep & more 1,078EUR eat & more 336EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,889EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,094EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,150EUR drive & more 600EUR sleep & more 1,694EUR eat & more 504EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,798EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 5,948EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,150EUR drive & more 725EUR sleep & more 385EUR eat & more 252EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,362EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,512EUR
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Zambia Road Trip Itinerary

Zambia Road Trip undoubtedly ranks among the most alluring road adventures in Zambia. explorer will be especially content with this tour. The road tour runs, among others, through such places as Lusaka, Sinda, and Kakumbi. The trip described in this article will take 14 days to complete, but tourists can easily complete it in 10. Of course, if you are charmed with the picturesqueness of the region, you can always extend your trip. The tour will take 3,201km and there are around 7.8 hours each day on the road. Sit comfortably in the driver’s seat and let’s begin set out!
number of days 14 number of days
route length 3,201 km route length
budget fair budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level high accident level
One of the greatest values of this road trip is the fact that you can contemplate awe-inspiring nature. The road trip is a great opportunity to see a number of exciting spots at a relatively reasonable price and stress-free. The high density of green areas on our trip provides you with an opportunity to spot multiple wildlife examples. If travellers are expecting to take advantage of comfortable places to sleep, the hotels on the way do not offer top comfort, yet they still are value for money. Even if the trip is characterised by a lower security in comparison to other trips, stay vigilant while on the road, as it will increase the safety of you and your passengers. When in Zambia, you should move on the left and be mindful that the road conditions are characterised by a high number of accidents. The period of time recommended to take our itinerary is between May and October.

START Lusaka

Distance 3,201 km Driving time 101.0 h Pace: slow Airports LUN
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Your journey starts at the Lusaka Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Lusaka - Luangwa

Distance 314 km Driving time 6.0 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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2 Luangwa - Sinda

Distance 304 km Driving time 5.8 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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3 Sinda - Kakumbi

Distance 246 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
attractive landscape
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4 Kakumbi - Mpika

Distance 269 km Driving time 9.2 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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5 Mpika - Serenje

Distance 240 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Serenje - Kabwe

Distance 266 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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7 Kabwe - Mumbwa

Distance 189 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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8 Mumbwa - Kafue N.P.

Distance 343 km Driving time 42.8 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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9 Kafue N.P. - Itezhi-Tezhi Lake

Distance 165 km Driving time 3.1 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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10 Itezhi-Tezhi Lake - Kalomo

Distance 211 km Driving time 8.8 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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11 Kalomo - Livingstone

Distance 152 km Driving time 3.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
UNESCO World Heritage Site attractive landscape accommodation options
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12 Livingstone - Choma

Distance 193 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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13 Choma - Lusaka

Distance 309 km Driving time 4.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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Zambia Road Trip Summary

Hopefully, our Zambia Road Trip gave you numerous inspirations for your future holidays.
Our itinerary can be used as a template that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions of your choice.
If you are planning on travelling by car in Zambia, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a bunch of things to remember to turn your trip into pure pleasure. These tips will surely become useful for holidayers who are interested in vehicle rental or renting a camper in Zambia.
In Zambia, there are a number of traffic rules to be kept in mind while travelling. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all costs if Zambia is your travel destination. Tourists ought to remember that the allowed level of alcohol in blood is very low and cannot exceed 0.8‰. In order to avoid a speeding fine, it is best to never exceed 50km/h, which is the maximum car speed when driving around the the city streets. In non-build-up areas, drivers can travel at the maximum speed of 80km/h. Travelling faster than the maximum car speed of 100km/h. In order to stay safe, it is best to drive with your headlights on at daytime and equip your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
But what are the costs of the whole trip. Well, the expenses can be easily adjusted to your needs by choosing the appropriate budget option. Below, you will find the budget possibilities.
We estimate that the budget option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 14 stages across Zambia will amount to 363 EUR. You will have to pay approximately 616 EUR for economy accommodation options. Holidaymakers should also remember about the fact that they will spend about 252 EUR for food and restaurants in this option. Travellers will have to pay about 1,680 EUR if they aim for the budget car hire offer as well. Thus, you can expect the travel expenses to be about 1,231 EUR without car rental and 2,911 EUR with vehicle hire.
Tourists who are interested in greater comfort and the standard option will pay roughly 475 EUR for the fuel needed to cover the tour. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should keep in mind that the costs can amount up to roughly 1,078 EUR. Holidayers may expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost roughly 336 EUR. Also, for those who are considering hiring a car, a standard one costs around 2,205 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 4,094 EUR for drivers who would like to try car hire and 1,889 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will meet the expectations of the most demanding drivers. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay roughly 5,948 EUR for the whole itinerary, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend around 2,798 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the itinerary in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of roughly 3,150 EUR. In the premium configuration of the trip, you have to spend the maximum of 600 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the tour. Travellers should expect to pay roughly 504 EUR for restaurants and food and about 1,694 EUR for overnight stays if they are interested in the exclusive standard of services.
Zambia Road Trip is also an exquisite opportunity for all camper enthusiasts. If you choose this travel means, the costs will be up to around 3,150 EUR. Gasoline to tank a camper for the whole road trip will cost around 725 EUR. Travellers who will go for camper rental should expect to pay about 385 EUR for overnight stays and more or less 252 EUR for expenses connected with food.
All of the details can be easily followed in the Road Trip Costs section.
The period between May and October is perfect to visit the part of Zambia showed in our Zambia Road Trip. There are numerous intriguing road trips and scenic drives that we offer on our website if Zambia Road Trip has inspired you. We hope that the great versatility of options will definitely measure up to the expectations of the most demanding drivers.

Facts for safer driving in Zambia

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.8
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 80 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 100 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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