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Zambia Culture

  • People at the market in Livingstone City

Social Conventions

When visiting Zambia, one will notice that African culture and traditions remain prominent and there are various customs, folklore and traditions in different regions. Shaking hands is the most common form of greeting in Zambia. It is not unusual for people to continue clasping the other’s hands throughout the duration of the conversation. Many cities in Zambia are quite modernized, however, in more rural areas, the lifestyle and attire are still traditional. As a result, women should cover their shoulders and knees to avoid causing offence. Gifts are often given to visitors as a sign of gratitude, friendship or honour.

It is very important to remember that homosexuality is illegal in Zambia, as such, any person caught engaging in homosexual acts can be sentenced to imprisonment.



There are over seventy-three dialects spoken in Zambia as a reflection of the various tribes found throughout the country. The official language however is English and all media and business are conducted in English. Most people speak or understand English in addition to their native language. The Bemba language is the next most commonly spoken language. (Other languages include Nyanja Tonga, Lavale, Lozi, Mambwe and Tumbuka).



Followers of Christianity (both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism) represent approximately 60% of the population of Zambia. There are smaller groups of Muslim and Hindu followers as well as a traditional animist belief minority.



Zambia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Zambia.

Learn about the history and culture of Zambia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Zambia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Zambia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Zambia tours & safaris today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Africa tours, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from  Zambia or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours



Book your Zambia tour with Goway! 

AfricaExperts is the exclusive division of Goway that specializes in planning and organizing Zambia tours and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, an exclusive African safari, a stay of distinction, a small group tour, an independent travel module and more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Zambia.

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