Moving to Zambia from the US: What You Need to Know

Zambia is a beautiful country that is situated between Central and Southern Africa. It is bordered by many other countries, including Mozambique to the southeast and Tanzania to the northeast. Originally colonized by Britain, Zambia gained its independence in 1964; today, it is one of the safest countries in Africa and is well-known for its beautiful scenery, including mirror-like lakes, vast plains, and impressive waterfalls. Victoria Falls in particular is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Each year, 502,000 tourists come to Zambia to experience its natural beauty and take in the unique culture. Zambian culture values personal relationships and respect for the elders, and its people are warm and friendly. If you’re looking for a change of pace and want to experience life in a picturesque country with welcoming citizens, then check out Atlas® International’s Zambia Moving Guide.

A lone tree stands in a field under a cloudy sky in Zambia, Africa.

Zambia, Africa

Moving from the US to Zambia

Why are Americans moving to Zambia? Most people who move are looking for a slower pace of life and a more welcoming and diverse culture. Some might also move for work, though this is less common. Those who are accustomed to having high-speed internet or other advanced technology may find themselves missing home, but those who move to Zambia with the right information and a thirst for adventure will likely find themselves happy to call this country their own.

Things To Do

Fans of the outdoors are sure to enjoy seeing Zambia’s wildlife and exploring its unique geography. For those who love walking or hiking, the South Luangwa National Park might be of interest for its walking safari, where visitors stroll through the African bush on foot to see the wildlife up close. There are several species of animal that are unique only to Zambia, including the Cookson’s wildebeest and red lechwe, and you might see a few of these creatures on the safari! The Lower Zambezi National Park is also worth a visit, as you can glide through shimmering waters in a canoe or fish from the riverbank.


No matter what you do, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite for some of the local foods. Zambian cuisine is unique and delicious. One of their staple foods, nshima, is made from pounded maize and water. Nshima has a thick, clay-like consistency and is used to scoop sauces or relish by hand. Boiled or fried caterpillars are also a well-loved Zambian foods, as well as fried ants, called inswa. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also eaten often in Zambia. No matter your interests or tastes, there’s sure to be a place for you in Zambia!


The climate in Zambia is sub-tropical, with three distinct seasons. From mid-August to mid-November, the weather is hot and dry. This period is directly followed by a spell of rainy weather that lasts from mid-November to April. From May to mid-August, the weather is pleasantly cool and dry. The best time to explore Zambia’s sights is between June and November, when the days are hot and the nights are cooler. The wildlife is also generally easier to see in this range of months, making it the best time to ensure prime animal sightings. Be sure to plan your trip around which animals you want to see, as different animals hang out in different parks across the country.

Where to Live in Zambia

Thinking of relocating to Zambia? Here are some popular locations for ex-pats:

  • Lusaka
  • Kitwe
  • Ndola
  • Kabwe
  • Chingola

Moving to Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka is the capital of Zambia and its largest city, and it is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the southern part of Africa. As a result of this rapid development, many nationalities have been brought together in Lusaka, making it a hub for intercultural exchanges and friendships. Lusaka is also known for its assortment of multicultural restaurants: in addition to places that serve local Zambian foods, there are also German, Indian, Chinese, and Irish restaurants in Lusaka, to name a few. Lusaka is also an artistic area, with many budding artists looking for a fresh start in the city; however, as with all metropolitan areas, Lusaka has its ups and downs for those who live there. If you are moving to Lusaka from the United States, you will likely run into the need for overseas shipping and specialized movers who are familiar with customs and import regulations.

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Atlas® International helps people move to Zambia every year.

Resources for Moving to Zambia

Thinking of moving from the US to Zambia? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and documentation you will need.

Zambia Customs and Import Guide

Plan Your Zambia Move with Atlas® International

At any stage of your international relocation, Atlas® International can help make the process easier. We have over 50 years of experience helping people get started in the next chapter of their lives, and our internationally accredited moving team is seasoned, knowledgeable, and ready to assist. We can even help with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa, so whether you’re just getting started with planning your move to Zambia if you already have your affairs in order, and just need a hand with relocating, Atlas® International can help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to Zambia.