Zambia

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ABOUT ZAMBIA


Zambia is a fascinating landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Namibian Caprivi Strip.  Being one of Africa’s best safari destinations, Zambia offers breath-taking sunsets, raw wilderness, abundant wildlife, vast open spaces, high plateaus, hills, mountains, forests, wetlands, beautiful waterfalls, lakes, rivers and floodplains.  Spectacular features of Zambia will include the famous Victoria Falls, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mighty Zambezi River, Lake Kariba, Lake Tanganyika, the Nyika Plateau, the Bangweulu Wetlands and the various picturesque National Parks and Game Reserves.  Zambia has branches of the great rift valley, miombo woodland, mopane woodland, beautiful baobab trees, grassy plains, wetlands, grasslands and a diversity of abundant wildlife that includes Hippos, Zebras, Impalas, Pukus, Black Lechwe, Sitatungas, Giraffes, Various types of Wildebeest, Hyenas, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Rhinos, various Fish Species, Crocodiles, Piranhas, over 750 Bird Species and many more.  Tourist attractions for Zambia will include the beautiful 20 National Parks and Game Reserves, the Victoria Falls and 17 other beautiful Waterfalls, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Kariba, Devil’s Pool, Livingstone Island, Gorge Swing, Freedom Statue, Shiwa Ng’andu Manor, Lake Kashiba, Sindabezi Island, Samfya Beach and many more.   Activities to do in Zambia Abseiling, Bungee Jumping, Elephant Trails, Gorge Swing, Horse Trails, Kayaking, Lion Walks, River boarding, Swimming, Game Viewing, Game Drives and much more.

The Zambian flag is a green color with an orange colored African Fish Eagle in flight over a rectangular block consisting of three vertical stripes colored red, black and orange. The green color stands for the nation’s lush flora, the red color represents the nation’s struggle for freedom, the black color represents the Zambian people, the orange color represents the land’s natural resources and mineral wealth and the flying eagle represents the people’s ability to rise above the nation’s problems.  Zambia’s capital city is Lusaka and hosts most of the country’s people.  Zambia’s official language is English, and the primary local languages are Nyanja (Chewa) and Bemba.  The people in Zambia are known as some of the friendliest and most welcoming nations in the world.  Zambia is considered as one of the safest countries in Africa as crime is low, however tourists are advised to always be aware of their surroundings and take the normal and usual travel precautions when traveling to any destination.

Majority of Zambia’s religion is Christian.  Zambia has a rich traditional and contemporary culture that is visible through various annual traditional ceremonies and festivals.  Zambian traditional music is based on drums, various percussion instruments including the Hand Piano (a small instrument with iron keys mounted on a rectangular box and plucked by both thumbs) and the Silimba (a xylophone type instrument with a range of flat wooden keys mounted over gourds) accompanied by lots of singing and dancing.  Foreign genres of music like Congolese Rumba, African-American music and Jamaican reggae are very popular in the urban areas.  Respect are important to the Zambian people and its customary to exchange a greeting before the start of any conversation.  Gifts are often offered to tourists as a sign of friendship, gratitude or honour and when you are presented with a gift, you should never refuse the gift but accept it with both hands.  Local people Zambia’s diverse culture presents a variety of traditional skills, some of the finest basketry in Africa and Arts and Crafts such as pottery, basketry, stools, fabrics, wooden carvings, mats, wire craft, copper crafts and ivory carvings can be found in great variety and abundance all over the country.

When you are packing your clothes for your holiday in Zambia, remember that it’s a tropical climate and temperatures are mostly above 20’C (68’F).  Pack casual, comfortable and lightweight loose-fitting clothes and try to stick to light, neutral colors like khaki, green and brown.  Avoid white as it will get dirty and dusty very quickly and blue or black clothing will attract the tsetse flies.  Please note that it is very important to avoid camouflage or military clothing as it is illegal in Zambia.  There is a relaxed dress code in restaurants and shorts or pants are acceptable for men and women.  When going on safari, its best to wear colors like beige and brown instead of bright or light colors.  Always pack according to the weather and the season you are going in.  The standard Zambia time is GMT+2.

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ACCOMMODATION


There are a variety of Hotels, Lodges, Safari Camps, Camping Sites, B&B’s and self-catering Chalets available for accommodation in Zambia that caters for all budgets.  Many hotels require the tourist’s passport when checking in, so have it handy to save yourself some time.  Zambia is a great destination to go on holiday and there are many things to see and do.  To view all types of available accommodation in Zambia such as Backpackers, Bed and Breakfast, Cabins/Chalets, Camp Sites, Caravan/RV Sites, Cottages, Dormitories, Gameparks/Reserves, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Tented Accommodation, Villas and to make booking reservations, use our mobile app or visit our booking page on the following link https://www.chilikutiafrica.com/bookings/

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BANKING & CURRENCY


The currency used in Zambia is the Kwacha.  You can click on the link for the current rate check www.xe.com.   There are various commercial banks and foreign exchange bureaux that operate in Zambia.  Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency can be changed at banks, airports, ATM’s, bureaux de change, and authorized hotels.  Automatic teller machines (ATM’s) accept foreign visa cards and are mostly found in larger towns and cities.  Most hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and safari companies throughout the country accepts major credit and debit cards such as MasterCard and Visa however Visa is the preferred choice and you might have a problem with Mastercard at certain establishments in Zambia.  Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets only accepts cash and shops and fuel service stations in remote areas may also only accept cash.  Banking hours Monday to Friday are from 8:30am to 14:30pm and most banks (except larger banks in Lusaka) are closed on weekends.

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ZAMBIA CUISINE


Zambia has a very diverse cuisine and traditional Zambian food will include Nshima (thick porridge made from Maize) and stews also known as relishes that is made from beef, chicken or fish.  Local Zambian people also like to eat beans, tiny dried fish (kapenta), peanuts, pumpkin leaves (chibwabwa) and other vegetables such as okra (ndelele), cabbage and rape.  There is a variety of western foods available in major cities and you can almost find any food you like such as burgers, pizza and fried chicken etc.  There is cheap fresh bread available throughout towns and rice from Chama is also a popular staple food. There are various soft drinks such as Fanta and Coca-Cola available in Zambia and the local soft drink Maheu is definitely worth a try.  Alcoholic beverages such as Beer, Spirits and Wines are also available at reasonable prices in Zambia.  Tap water in Zambia is generally not drinkable unless its boiled first, thus it is advised to rather drink bottled water than tap water in Zambia.

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EMBASSIES & CONSULATES


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GAME RESERVES


Zambia has 20 beautiful National Parks and 34 game management areas.  Approximately 30% of Zambia’s total land surface is reserved for wildlife and it’s no wonder that Zambia is known as the must do safari destination.  Popular National Parks to go and visit while in Zambia would include: Kafue National Park, Kasanka National Park, Lochinvar National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Liuwa Plain National Park, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, North Luangwa National Park, Nsumbu National Park, Sioma Ngwezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park.  Game Viewing is at its best during the Dry Season (May to October) as most of the animals will be near rivers, pools and waterholes.  Game drives are recommended in the early mornings and late afternoons.   For your own safety it is always advised to approach big game with caution and don’t make any unnecessary movement or noise and be prepared to drive on quickly if warning signs appear for example if an elephant turns head-on to you and flaps its ears.  Always try to keep down-wind and remember any wild animal can be dangerous if startled, irritated or cornered.  Never cut off a wild animal’s line of retreat, no matter what the circumstances.

Kafue National Park

Located in the centre of western Zambia, the massive 22,400 square km Kafue National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Zambia.  With its miombo woodlands, rivers and open plains there are still many unspoilt and unexplored bush areas in this beautiful national park and it boasts a huge diversity of wildlife such as Blue and Yellow Backed Duikers, Sitatungas, Lechwes, Roans, Sables, Leopards, Cheetahs, African Wild dogs, Elephants, Lions, Hippos, Crocodiles and many more.  There are over 500 recorded bird species in the Kafue National Park and it’s no wonder that the Kafue National Park is also known as a birder’s paradise.  Accommodation in the Kafue National Park includes various Safari camps and Safari lodges.  Activities to do at the Kafue National Park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, various Safari’s, Boating Excursions, Canoeing and much more.  The best time to visit the Kafue National Park is during the dry season which runs from May to October as most of the park is inaccessible during the wetter months of November to April.

Kasanka National Park

The mesmerising 450 square km Kasanka National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Zambia but it’s a peaceful sanctuary that is situated on the south western edge of the Lake Bangweulu basin.  The Kasanaka National Park with its picturesque rivers, miombo woodlands, lakes, grassy plains, wetlands, swamp forest, lagoons, forests and meadows has abundant birds, fish and a wide range of animals including Hippo’s, Blue Monkeys, Sable Antelope, Sitatungas, Reedbucks, Sharpe’s Grysbok, Elephants, Pukus, Fruit-Bats and many more.  There are over 330 bird species some of which include Pel’s Fishing Owl, Pygmy Goose, Ross’s Loerie, the Osprey, Wattled Crane, Shoebill Stork and many more.  Accommodation in the park consists of various lodges and camping sites.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Canoeing, Fishing, Watching the annual Fruit-Bat migration in November to December each year, Walking Safaris and Bicycling.  For Birding its best to visit the Kasanka National Park in the Wet season from November to March and for Game Viewing, its best to visit the park during the Dry season from May to October.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

The fabulous and popular 66 square kilometre Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi River and it includes the Victoria Falls.  There are no predators in the park thus the animals are very relaxed, easily seen and visitors can take really good photographs of the animals.  Visitors can take relaxing drives alongside the river for much of the route through the park while watching wildlife in the park that includes Zebras, White Rhinos, Giraffes, Buffalos, Warthogs, Hippos, numerous Antelope Species, Elephants, various Bird Species and many more.  Accommodation in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park includes various Campsites, Lodges and Hotels.  Activities to do in the park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Self-drives, Tours, Bird Watching and visiting the Victoria Falls.

Nsumbu National Park

The breathtakingly beautiful 2000 square kilometre Nsumbu National Park is located on the southern shores of the Lake Tanganyika in the northern parts of Zambia and offers 100kms of some of the most pristine shores of the lake.  With its magnificent vertical cliffs, Lufubu river, sandy beaches, rocky coves, natural bays, deep valleys and rugged hills, the park boasts an abundant variety of wildlife including various Bird species, Leopards, Elephants, Lions, Sables, Sitatunga, Eland, Bushbuck, Roan, Hartebeests, Buffalos, Zebras, Pukus, Blue Duikers, spotted Hyenas, side-striped Jackals, Servals, Impalas, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Hippos, Crocodiles and many more.  Accommodation in the Nsumbu National Park includes various Lodges, Chalets and Campsites.  Activities to do at the park will include Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, Walking Safaris, Fishing and many more.  The best time to visit the park is during the rainy season from November to April as the Lake is at its most beautiful during this time.

South Luangwa National Park

Dubbed by experts as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, the South Luangwa National Park offers one of the most intense concentration of animals in Africa.  The 9059 square km park with its bushveld, magnificent trees, valleys, ebony forests, wide open savannas and exotic wildflowers hosts a variety of wildlife that includes over 400 different bird species, Hippos, Crocodiles, Antelopes, Zebras, Baboons, Elephants, Vervet Monkeys, Cheetahs, Leopards, Lions, Giraffes and many more.  Accommodation in the park consists of various Lodges, Cottages, Bed & Breakfasts and Camps.  Activities to do in the park includes Game Drives, Game Viewing, Mobile Walking Safaris, Bird Watching, Birding Safaris, Boat Safaris and many more.  The best time to visit the park is during the Dry season from May to April when the game concentrations are at their height.

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HEALTH


Zambia has state-owned and private hospitals, practices and facilities available.  Zambia has one of the highest incidences of AIDS in the world, thus it’s important to exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and wear rubber gloves when dressing other adults and children’s cuts.  Zambia is in a malaria zone thus its advisable to take the relevant precautions, prophylactics and to seek medical advice before traveling to Zambia.  It is advisable to rather drink bottled water or boil tap water first before drinking it. There is a variety of infectious diseases present in Zambia such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid fever, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Cholera and Rabies.  It is extremely important to visit your doctor ideally 4-6 weeks before your trip to get your vaccines or medicines you may need.  These health tips are just a guideline; thus, we recommend that you always seek up to date advice from your doctor before traveling to any destination.

Vaccines and Medicines

For your own health and safety, it is best to check the vaccines and medicines list for the country you are travelling to and visit your doctor (ideally 4-6 weeks) before your planned vacation or trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may require.  It is best to ensure that you are up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.  You can ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from any country other than the U.S.  Some vaccines like Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine and also a legal requirement in many African countries, and you will be refused entry if you don’t have proof of the vaccine with you, thus it is always good practice to check with the embassy of your chosen destination to find out what vaccines are compulsory.  Some vaccines may also be required for your travel, for a full list of medical requirements, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

Routine vaccines:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/routine

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Hepatitis A:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/hepatitis-a

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Zambia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Malaria:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/malaria

You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. Areas of Zambia with risk of malaria: All. See more detailed information about malaria in Zambia.

Typhoid:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Zambia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Cholera:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/cholera

CDC recommends this vaccine for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Areas of active cholera transmission include the provinces of Central (last case reported April 2018), Eastern (last case reported March 2018), Lusaka, and Southern (last case reported April 2018) in Zambia. Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also prevent cholera.

Hepatitis B:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/hepatitis-b

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Rabies:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Zambia, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Zambia
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Yellow Fever:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever

Health recommendation: CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Zambia. However, you might consider this vaccine if you are staying a long time or will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes.

Country entry requirement: The government of Zambia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US – see complete list: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.)

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Zambia. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.

 

Stay Healthy and Safe during your Travels

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Zambia, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely:
Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

Eat:
Food that is cooked and served hot
Hard-cooked eggs
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t Eat:
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or under cooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Drink:
Bottled water that is sealed
Water that has been disinfected
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Carbonated drinks
Hot coffee or tea
Pasteurized milk

Don’t Drink:
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Unpasteurized milk

Take Medicine:
Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.

Prevent bug bites:
Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Zambia. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?
Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

More Information:
For more information on how to stay safe during your travel to Mozambique, please see the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/zambia

Healthy Travel Packing List for Zambia

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Zambia for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

Travel Health Notices

There are no notices currently in effect for Zambia.

After Your Trip

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic. Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.  If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.  For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel.

The Key to staying safe and healthy while visiting Zambia is to: Get Vaccinated, Take Antimalarial Medication, Eat and Drink Safely, Prevent Bug Bites, Keep away from animals, Reduce your exposure to germs, Avoid sharing body fluids and Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment.

Source: US CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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INFRASTRUCTURE


You can travel to Zambia by commercial flight or by road.  Zambia has various airports with paved and unpaved runways.  Zambia has 3 international airports namely Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Copperbelt.  There are various airlines flying to and from Zambia.  Zambia has narrow gauge Railways and Roadways are in various conditions (paved and unpaved).  Majority of the major and main roads in Zambia are tarred and provide good driving conditions while precaution needs to be taken during the rainy season as roads may be flooded or washed away and potholes are very common.  Four-wheel drive is required when traveling in the national parks, reserves and in remote areas.  Major tourist centres, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services.  There are Waterways on the Zambezi River.  Public transport in Zambia is available via minibus taxis that will travel almost anywhere in Zambia.

The Zambia communication infrastructure caters for cell phones, landline/public telephones, fax, internet connections, international roaming, radio, television and postal services.  There are three mobile phone networks in Zambia namely Zamtel, Mtn Zambia and Airtel and tourists can buy sim cards in most supermarkets and service stations.  Coverage is fair to good in most parts of the country, internet speed tends to be slow at times and all major towns in Zambia are network covered.  The international dialling code for Zambia is +260.  Data rates are reasonable, but it is always best to do downloads and updates when Wi-Fi is available to save on data costs.  Zambia has its own national television station called ZNBC and Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, broadcasts to the whole of Africa.  Zambia has 3 radio networks and broadcasts are done in both English and native languages.  There are postal services and courier companies operational in Zambia.

Electricity supply in Zambia is 220 – 240 volts running at 50Hz and the plug types used in Zambia are Type – G plugs (“British type” square bayonet three-pin plugs), Type – D plugs and Type – C plugs.  When traveling to remote destinations in Zambia, it is advisable to bring plenty of batteries and ensure you have a car charger for your cell phones, laptops, tablets etc. as you can’t assume that there will be electricity at the remote destination.

There are supermarkets, regional chain stores and shopping centres available in all major towns of Zambia and all basic commodities can be easily purchased.  Shopping hours are usually on Monday to Friday from 08:00am to 17:00pm and on Saturdays from 08:00am to 13:00pm.  There are 24-hour convenience shops at most of the fuel service stations.  There are local arts and crafts such as baskets, safari clothing, woodcarvings, jewellery, pottery, tapestries, fabrics, bead-work, bags and many more for sale to tourists all over Zambia.  Shops offer goods at fixed prices but bargaining is the norm at markets.

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ROAD TRAVEL


Please note that when traveling on Zambia Roads, driving is on the left-hand lane of the road.  All road traffic signs in Zambia are in English.  Road conditions in Zambia vary widely but majority of the major and main roads in Zambia are tarred and in fair condition but potholes are a big road hazard and you should travel at speeds slow enough to enable you to suddenly brake and swerve out for a pothole safely.  Four-wheel drive is recommended for most of Zambia especially during the wet season from November to April as roads can be washed away or become completely impassable.  Major tourist centers, airports and hotels offer Car and four-wheel drive rental services. The speed limits for Zambia are listed as:  50km/h (30 mph) in cities or built-up areas and 100 km/h (75 mph) outside cities or built-up areas.  Drive carefully and when in doubt, obey any law that may apply.  One should have triangles, high visibility vests and at least one fire extinguisher per vehicle.  It is mandatory for drivers to carry their valid driver licenses (international driving permits), car registration documents and insurance documents with them at all times while driving.  In Zambia it is law to wear seat belts and an international drivers’ license is required other than for SADC countries.

When embarking on self-drive trips in Zambia, a good deal of planning and preparation is essential as most areas in the rainy season are only accessible by four-wheel drive, there are no Roadside Assistance Packages, very few tow-trucks, ambulances and emergency vehicles available in Zambia and fuel stations might be few and far between on your trip.  As a general rule, always take all food requirements to last your stay, carry between 50 and 100 liters of water, carry at least 100 liters of petrol in long-range tanks or in metal Jerry tins, carry a hard copy map as a precaution and remember to take spare vehicle parts for breakdowns.

Fuel is available throughout the country, but rather fill up your vehicle when you get the chance to prevent getting stranded without fuel.  It is advised to use toilets that are available at fuel stations when you stop to fill up your vehicle, as the next toilet might be very far from your current stop.  Remember to take toilet paper with you as some toilets might not have toilet paper available.  Be careful of wildlife and domestic animals, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles and local people walking on the roads especially when driving at night in Zambia as there won’t be very good lighting.  Stay on the established tracks in the national parks and stay below the 40km/h speed limit for the safety of wildlife and yourselves.

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


While on vacation in Zambia you can visit the beautiful 20 National Parks, The Victoria Falls, 17 other waterfalls including the Kalambo Falls, Kundalila Falls, Lumangwe Falls and Ngonye Falls, Lake Bangweulu, Lake Kariba, Lake Mweru, Lake Tanganyika, Chirundu Fossil Forest and various Natural and Historic Monuments and Museums including the Livingstone Museum, Livingstone Island, Devils Pool and many more.  Activities to do in Zambia include Abseiling, Bungee Jumping, Elephant Trails, Flights over Victoria Falls, Gorge Swing, Horse Trails, Hydrospeeding, Kayaking, Lion Walks, River Boarding, Swimming below Victoria Falls, White Water Rafting, Game Viewing, Game Drives, Bird Watching, various Safaris and many more

Must see attractions in Zambia would include:

 Lake Tanganyika

Lying in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Tanganyika was discovered in the mid 1800’s by the English explorers Richard Burton and John Speke.  Lake Tanganyika is the second deepest fresh water lake in the world reaching a depth of 1433 metres (642m below sea level), and it’s also the longest fresh water lake in the world stretching from north to south a distance of 677 km with an average width of about 50 km.  Lake Tanganyika was an essentially landlocked sea but due to years of heavy rain the lake overflows into the Lukuga river.  Lake Tanganyika is regarded as one of the most biologically unique habitats on earth and is an evolutionary showcase due to its great age, stability and over 350 unique and endemic fish species. Activities to do at Lake Tanganyika includes sport fishing, motorboating and swimming in the Mpulungu area of the lake.

Devil’s Pool

The mystifying and captivating Devil’s Pool is a rock pool that was formed due to years of erosion on the edge of the Victoria Falls.  Tourists can access the rock pool by a rocky walk and swim in the Zambezi river to reach the pool.  When you jump into the pool, you get pushed to the edge of the falls by the force of the Zambezi river, and then you get stopped by the rock lip just before you can tumble over the edge, while the raging waters of the Zambezi river crashes over the cliffs a few feet away.  While in the rock pool you have an exhilarating view and your adrenalin spikes as you feel the force of the Zambezi flowing past you and crashing down over the precipice 100-meter drop.  When you look over the edge of the falls you can see an up close and personal view of the sheer drop of the side of the falls turning Devil’s pool into an ultimate infinity pool.

The Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls also locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke That Thunders,” is located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  The Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide and 108 meters high resulting in it being the world’s largest waterfall, and one of the most monumental natural wonders of the world.  David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer and missionary was the first European to view the Victoria Falls from Livingstone Island (one of two land masses in the middle of the Zambezi river) on 16 November 1855 and therefor the Livingstone Island was named after him.  He named the waterfall, the Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain.  When he saw the falls for the first time, he said “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.  The falls are formed as the full width of the Zambezi river plunges down the gorge, resulting in a strong constant spray rising to a height of over 400 meters or more, that can be seen up to 48km away.  During the day the spray forms a “rainbow” and at night when its full moon, it forms a “moonbow” and therefor locals also named the falls “Seongo” or “Chongwe” which means “The Place of the Rainbow”.  The best time for tourists to view the Victoria Falls, is during the rainy season from March to May, when they are at their most spectacular.  There are many viewpoints and walkways at the Victoria Falls and activities to do there would include Bungee Jumping, walking along Victoria Falls Bridge, Whitewater Rafting, Visiting the falls, Swimming in the natural rock pools, Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi river, Game Viewing and much more.

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TRAVEL ADVISORIES & ALERTS


If you would like any travel advice or real time alerts, please click on any of the following links below:

Advisories

Travel.gc.ca/destinations/Zambia

Travel.state.gov/zambia-travel- advisory.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zambia

https://www.gov.uk/world/zambia

Smartraveller.gov.au/zambia.aspx

https://safetravel.govt.nz/zambia

Customs

www.visahq.com/zambia/customs/

Current News within Zambia

https://allafrica.com/zambia/
Regional Zambia news provided by allAfrica.com

http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/
Zambia News

https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/tagged/zambia
Zambia online news

https://www.lusakatimes.com/
Zambia News

https://zambia.co.zm

Zambia Online

Driving In Zambia

Driving-in-zambia

Emergencies

Health

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov

 

Zambia Radio

ZNBC Radio
Zambia radio station providing news and information on what’s happening in and around Zambia.

Radio Phoenix

Radio Christian Voice

Tourism

Zambia Tourism

worldtravelguide.net/guides/africa/zambia/

https://wikitravel.org/en/Zambia

Useful Environmental and Nature Links

Birdwatch Zambia
Birdwatch Zambia strives to conserve Zambia’s birds and their habitats.

http://www.chiawa.com
Chiawa protects and provides wildlife in Zambia with a safe refuge.

World Wildlife Fund Zambia
World Wildlife Fund Zambia has been involved in various conservation activities to conserve Zambia’s biodiversity upon which the nation’s economy and livelihoods largely depend.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a NGO that aims to monitor, protect wildlife and support sustainable growth in Zambia

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USEFUL PHRASES IN ZAMBIA?


A collection of useful phrases in Bemba (Chibemba), a Bantu language spoken in Zambia, Congo and Tanzania.  Translations have been kindly supplied by Simon Ager at Omniglot.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

Phrase Chibemba (Bemba)
Welcome Mwaiseni
Hello (General greeting) Shani
Ulishani (inf)
Mulishani (frm)
Mwapoleni mukwai
Eya mukwai (reply)
Hello (on phone)
How are you? Ulishani? (inf)
Mulishani? (frm)
Ifintu filishani? (How are things?)
Mwashibukashaani? (How did you sleep?)
Mwabombashaani? (How has work been?)
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Ndi bwino, ngaiwe?
Bwino, ngaiwe?
Long time no see
What’s your name? Niwe nani?
Nimwe bani ishina?
My name is … Nine … Ishina lyandi ni …
Where are you from? Wafumakwisa?
I’m from … Nafuma ku …
Pleased to meet you Natemwa pakukumona
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Mwaikaleni
‘Mwaombeni
Mwashibukeni
Eya mukwai (reply)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Cungulo mukwai
Mwaikaleni
‘Mwaombeni
Mwashibukeni
Eya mukwai (reply)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Chungulopo mukwai
Eya mukwai (reply)
Good night Sendamenipo
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Shaleenipo
Twalamonana (See you later)
Tukamonana mailo (See you tomorrow)
Good luck!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Chileshe!
Have a nice day Tandalenipo umutende
Bombenipo umutende
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Mwende bwino!
Yes Ee
No Awe
Maybe
I don’t know Nshishibe
I understand
I don’t understand Nshumfwile
Please speak more slowly Landa panono panono
Please say that again Bwekeshapo
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Walishimba icisungu?
Do you speak Bemba? Walishimba Icibemba?
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
We panono
Speak to me in Bemba
How do you say … in Bemba? Mulanda shaani … mu Cibemba?
Excuse me Njeleleniko
Mbelelako uluse
How much is this? Lunga?
Shinga?
Sorry Njeleleniko
Mbelelako uluse
Please Mukwai
Thank you Tsikomo
Natolela sana
Tatotela sana
Reply to thank you Eya mukwai
Awe, cilifye, mukwai
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Ukuwakusaukila nikwisa?
Icimbusu cilikwisa, mukwai?
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
Do you come here often?
I miss you Nkakufuluka
I love you Niwe natemwa
Nalikutemwa (sg)
Nalimutemwa (pl)
Get well soon
Go away! Kabiye!
Kabiyeni!
Fumeni apa!
Leave me alone! Ndekeni nemwine!
Help! Njafweniko!
Fire!
Stop! Kabolala uyo!
Iminineni!
Call the police! Iteni ba kapokola!
Iteni ba Police!
Christmas greetings Kristu abe nenu muli ino nshiku nkulu ya Mwezi
New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings Sefya ubushiku wafyelwe (sg)
Sefyeni ubushiku mwafyelwe (pl)

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.  

© Simon Ager Omniglot

www.omniglot.com

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VISAS


Please be aware that the information noted below is applicable to tourist visas only. If you’re planning on working, studying, volunteering or living in Zambia, you’ll need a different type of visa altogether that requires additional documentation and must be applied for in advance. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements into any country with their embassy, as passport and visa requirements change at short notice. You can contact your embassy for more information or see the following links Zambia E-Services or https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm

Visa free entry is available for passport holders from:

The following passport holders need to arrange a visa before entry into the country:

Notes on Visas for all nationalities visiting Zambia

  • A passport and visa are required to enter Zambia. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Zambia and should have at least 3 blank pages left in it.  Proof of onward/return tickets out of the country is required.
  • Zambian entry visas can be obtained online through the Department of Immigration’s e-Services website or upon arrival at any port of entry. Visit the Embassy of Zambia’s website or the Department of Immigration’s website for information on all types of visas and their costs, as well as the most current visa information.
  • You must carry the original or a certified copy of your passport and immigration permit at all times. Certified copies must be obtained from the office that issued the permit. If your passport is lost or stolen, visit http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/ to obtain a replacement entry permit at no cost before attempting to depart the country.
  • If you are planning on visiting multiple countries while in Zambia, it is best to get a Double Entry Visa or a Univisa.  For day trips between countries while in Zambia, a Univisa is better and more affordable than a Double Entry Visa.
  • The KAZA Uni-Visa is valid for 30 days and allows tourists multiple visits into Zambia and Zimbabwe, with day passes granted for Botswana and Chobe. The KAZA UNI-VISA is available at all major ports of entry into Zambia and Zimbabwe and some nations are eligible to obtain a KAZA Uni-Visa on arrival. For more information on the KAZA Uni-Visa visit the following links: Zambia Immigration Services or kazavisa.info and VictoriaFallsGuide.
  • Note that visa rules change frequently, always check the latest visa rules and regulations regularly.

NB! If you are traveling with minor children to or from South Africa or even if your travels are just “in transit” through South Africa, then please read the following guidelines on the link below.

Immigrationleaflet.pdf 

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WEATHER?


Zambia has a pleasant tropical climate due to the height of the land and the temperatures fluctuate based on the altitude of the country.  The wet, rainy summer season in Zambia begins in November and ends in April and is characterized with hot days, many rainfalls, thunderstorms and temperatures ranging from 14°C to 30°C.  The cool, dry winter season ranges from April to August and is characterized by night frosts in certain areas, grass fires fanned by high winds and temperatures ranging between 4°C and 26°C.  The hot and dry season ranges from August to November and is characterized by hot days (October and November is the hottest months of the year) and temperatures ranging to 35°C.  For tourists, the best visiting times for Game Viewing in Zambia is during the dry months of May – October.  For updated current weather reports, check the Zambia Met Service on the following link http://www.zmd.gov.zm/

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WHAT! NEED TO KNOW MORE?


If you would like more general information on Zambia, you can visit any of the following links below:

Nations Online

Africa South of the Sahara: Zambia

Amnesty International: Zambia

FAO: Zambia

GlobalEDGE: Zambia

Human Rights Watch: Zambia

African Studies Center

Reporters Without Borders: Zambia

Wikipedia: Zambia

The World Factbook — Zambia

The Commonwealth 

Zambia Tourism

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