by Rosie Ashman

Travel Experiences

Lusaka is Zambia’s eclectic and vibrant capital city. From lively handicraft markets to modern shopping centres, it offers something for everyone. On the weekends after your Work the World placement, you’ll have the chance to explore beyond Lusaka to experience the country’s diverse culture and landscapes (and a bit of adventure).

Randon, ElizabethIn this post, we’ll explore two weekend itineraries that will enhance your Work the World trip to Zambia. First up, an adventure-packed trip to Livingstone, followed by a relaxing getaway to Siavonga:


After a week on placement, you can head to Livingstone — a great base for seeing some of Zambia’s most famous sights. First stop — the iconic Victoria Falls. Straddling the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this is one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Rainbows forming in the spray and the immense sound of rushing water create a feast for the senses.

Dionysius Kapnias (KAPNIAS24432)

Ready for an adrenaline rush? Victoria Falls is home to Devil’s Pool, a rock pool that has formed right on the edge of the waterfall. Gallons of water rush past you as you peer over the precipice of the falls. If you’d rather take to the skies, you can zipline across Batoka Gorge, spanning 425m from one side of the Zambezi to the other. Either way, you’re guaranteed a view like no other!

Devil's Pool - Victoria Falls

“We got to sit in Devil’s Pool, right on the edge of a 100m drop. As if that wasn’t enough of an adrenaline rush, we went on to do a zip wire across the falls. The views were amazing!” — Carys Jones & Laura Tasker, physiotherapy students, Cardiff University

After the day’s excitement, it’s time to raise a glass to the beauty of Zambia with an evening cruise along the Zambezi River. As you watch the sunset over the water, keep your eyes peeled for hippos and other wildlife along the banks of the river.

The next day you can head upstream from the Falls for a trip to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here, you’ll have the chance to see migratory elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and the park’s most famous resident, the white rhino.

You can opt for a guided walking tour to see the protected white rhino up close and personal, with a knowledgeable guide to give insight into the rhino and other wildlife in the area that you’ll encounter. See how many of the ‘big five’ you can tick off your list by the end of the day, before making your way back to Lusaka refreshed and ready for another week of your placement.

Weekend 2 - Wind down in scenic Siavonga

After another busy week on placement in the city, you’re probably ready for some relaxation. Just a 2.5 hour’s drive from Lusaka you’ll find the lakeside town of Siavonga, also known as the ‘Riviera of Zambia’. You could easily mistake the shores of Lake Kariba for an ocean - it’s one of the largest artificial lakes in the world!

Aerial view of the Zambezi river and Victoria falls with riverboats

Lake Kariba was created with the building of the Kariba Dam, and its huge expanse is a hotspot for watersports, including jet skis, sailing and water skiing. If soaking up the sunshine is more your vibe, there are several hotels and lodges where you can relax and sip cocktails poolside.

Dionysius Kapnias (KAPNIAS24432)

Staying in a houseboat in Siavonga is arguably one of the best ways to experience the lake. The capacity of houseboats can vary, so if you’ve got a group of Work the World housemates together this might be an option worth exploring. Most come with a crew on board responsible for sailing, cooking and cleaning so you can sit back and unwind.

Bush, Jess

Live with other healthcare students from around the world

During your stay, you’ll live in one of our private, fully-catered houses that are exclusive to healthcare students and graduates on a Work the World programme. You get a premium, specialised experience with our team-run houses. You’ll live in safety and comfort the whole time you’re with us.

Remember, our in-country team is from the local area. So naturally they have a knowledge of the place that only a local could have. They’ll make sure you know where to find all the best bars, shops, markets, sights... Everything you could possibly need.

Caitlin Merriman (MERRIMAN23964)

“Zambia is such a great destination with loads to do and the team comes to be your second family. You’ll be well taken care of and come back with heaps of beautiful memories and stories to tell!”Ayesha Qama nursing student, City University London


From the iconic Victoria Falls to the wildlife-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia is a country that offers something for everyone. And with its friendly people and vibrant culture, it's a place that will stay with you long after you leave.


Whether you're interested in adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Zambia has something to offer you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today.

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