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Cheap Airfare from the US to Zambia, or surrounding area

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1. Posted by SUSIQ (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 30 Mar '07 12:22

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Looking for the cheapest way to get to Lusaka, Zambia from the US. Thinking of flying to London and then to Jburg or Capetown or Harere what ever is the cheapest and then onto Lusaka. Any suggestions anyone?

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru, 5073 posts) 2 Apr '07 01:26

When are you travelling?

3. Posted by AfriFriend (Budding Member, 15 posts) 6 Apr '07 07:25

Hello SusiQ

The most cost effective option would be to fly into Johannesburg and from here you can either fly directly to Lusaka (much cheaper than hopping to Bots then to Vic Falls then to Zambia) or catch a bus/coach.

Don't waste time going down to Cape Town or HRE there are no flights from there directly to Lusaka.

Have a look on the internet Translux or Greyhound are the main coach companies in SA that drive that route, but the do not go everyday of the week so you would need to match your flight schedule with the coach.

Have a look at Zambian Airways they are very cost effective with their flight costs, its the local airline and they are reliable.

Good Luck.
André

4. Posted by jekalo (Full Member, 118 posts) 9 Apr '07 20:52

The airlines are baffeling when it comes to airfares. I just booked flights from Yangon to Joburg to Houston and back to Yangon. At first I tried to go from Joburg to Houston and then on around and back to Yangon. Price was just over 5 thousand dollars. When I booked from Yangon to Bangkok to Joburg, back to Bangkok and then to Huston and then back to Yangon, the cost was $2,400.00. 20,000 extra miles, for half the price, go figure. I would find a travel agent and be a little creative as you plan your route, the places you can see along a route off the normal path can be a great experience and the cost may be a lot less than flying a more direct route. The prices for travel to southern africa also tend to go up between June and September for some reason, at least that has been my experience in the past, so falll and winter in the U.S. tend to be cheaper times to travel to southern africa.