Travelling from Kenya to Zambia

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Many Kenyans tend overlook our southern neighbours especially Zambia. The common reasons for dismissing Southern African are usually too far, too expensive, and too complicated to plan. Though these are valid concerns, Zambia remains too attractive a destination to bypass.

So, if you’ve already experienced East African Community, and you’re looking for the next destination with breathtaking views and mind-boggling cultural differences, think Zambia. Here are a few things to consider before you embark on your journey south.


Zambia is one of the striking destinations in the south you can visit visa free with the Kenyan passport. Getting the new EAC e-passport is quite easy. Follow the simple steps highlighted in our blog post.

  • Yellow Fever Card valid for more than 21 days.
  • Zambia Kwacha (Ksh.10= K.1)
  • Bus, Train, or Flight Tickets
  • International Drivers Licence and Carnet de Passage if self-driving a car with Kenyan plates
  • Zambia’s Travel Guide available for free online on Jumia Travel


Once you have your documentation in order, getting an itinerary that suits your needs is the next step. We highly recommend the 18-day package that takes you through 6 countries to get to Lusaka. However, if you are the do-it-yourself type of traveller, the following are Zambia’s top highlights:

  • Bungee jumping and white-water rafting on waterfalls – Victoria Falls and the 17 Northern waterfalls
  • Canoeing safaris on the lakes – Bangweulu, Mweru shared with DRC, Kariba shared with Zimbabwe, and Tanganyika on the border with Tanzania

  • River boarding and kayaking on the Zambezi
  • Walking safaris in the national parks – Lower Zambezi, South Luangwa and Mosi-oa-Tunya


Tourism in Zambia is designed to suit all travellers and budgets. Backpackers therefore don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Additionally, there are several exclusive places for honeymooners while for families, the small national parks are kids-friendly.

Royal Zambezi Lodge

As such, places to stay in Zambia range from rustic bush camps to luxurious riverside lodges.

Check out the different hotels once you select your journey’s end and the various pit stops.


The vast road and rail network to and around Zambia makes the country easy to access. From Nairobi, you can:

  • book a cheap 3-hour flight to Lusaka Airport
  • take a bus to Dar-es-Salaam then board a train to Mposhi and afterwards a bus to Lusaka

Tazara Rail from Dar-es-Salaam

  • take a bus to Dar-es-Salaam then board another bus the following day to Lusaka
  • self-drive for close to 3000km to Lusaka


Zambians are quite friendly and so do not be surprised to have longer greetings than in Nairobi. If lost, you can always ask a stranger on the streets and even hitchhike.

English Bemba Nyanja
Hello Shani Bwanji
Goodbye Shalapo Pitani Bwino
How are you? Uli Shani? Muli Bwanji?
I am fine Ndi Bwino Ndili Bwino
Thank you Natotela Dzikomo
very much sana kwambili

Have you been to Zambia from Nairobi? Which route did you take, the bus or the snail train? How would you describe your experience?


  1. godwin eze

    June 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    please I want to know how to travel to zambia lusaka by land transportation

    • Kiburu

      July 2, 2018 at 7:19 am

      Hello Godwin. From which country do you plan to travel from?

  2. Sarah

    December 20, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Hello please how much would it cost to travel from kenya to zambia by bus and train

  3. Lucy ndungu

    December 28, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Kindly help me to know how to go Zambia Lusaka from Nairobi Kenya and how much,thanks

  4. Peter

    April 3, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Im planing the same trip in june 20th from nrb do we have buses that travel direct to rusaka ?

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