COVID-19 guidelines and other vaccinations

Check Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.zm) for latest regulations and details.

A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are coming from an infected area. Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised but not mandatory. Consult your medical practitioner.

Check your country's requirements for re-entering into your home country when returning from Zambia.

Carrying medicines

Check Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.zm) for latest regulations and details.

Please be aware that any medication you are bringing into Zambia must be accompanied with a doctor’s prescription. The Zambian government strictly enforces the law when it comes to drugs of any sort. Many drugs that you can buy across the counter in other countries, such as strong painkillers etc. may be classified as prohibited in Zambia. If in doubt, get an official prescription and make sure your medication is in a sealed container.

Currency & banking

Zambia's unit of currency is the Kwacha (ZMW or short "K"). The denominations are K100, K50, K20, K10, K5 and K2. It is subdivided into 100 ngwee. Coins available are K1, 50 ngwee, 10 ngwee and very rarely you will come across a 5 ngwee coin.

Prices in Zambia are quoted in ZMW. However, at tourist locations you may find also prices in USD. In a lot of places it is possible to pay in US dollars (sometimes also in EUR or GBP). However, you can withdraw ZMW from ATMs with your VISA or Maestro Card. Alternatively you can change currency at a bank or Bureau.

Wildlife safety

Wildlife can roam freely near national parks. Also when staying at lodges please take the utmost care when walking about. If you come across game, do not approach the animal. Elephants in particular can move very fast and can be very dangerous – they are scared of humans and can react suddenly without warning. Hippos and Nile crocodiles occur in the rivers and lakes in Zambia. We advise you not to swim in any local waterways.

The baboons at the Victoria Falls can be cheeky. They like to steal out of your hands. Please make sure that you do not have food stuff openly exposed (never ever feed them!) or are carrying in your hands. Put everything away. In case a baboon comes close, best thing is to make you as big as possible and look superior. Do not let them be your boss.

Please do not buy any curios that are made from any animal material.

Climate and weather

The rains in Zambia come mostly in December, January, February and March though the further north you are, the earlier the rains arrive and the later they leave. Eastern areas and higher areas generally receive more rain than western and lowland areas.

By April and May most of the rain has faded away, leaving a landscape that's still green, but starting to dry out. Nighttime temperatures start to drop, especially in higher and more southerly locations.

In June, July and August the nights become much cooler, but the days are clear and warm. Make sure you bring warm clothes to wrap up if you're out at night, as some nights get very cold! Most of Zambia's small "bush camps" / safari hotels open at the start of June, when the roads have dried out sufficiently to allow access. This is the start of the "peak season" – with often cloudless days and continually increasing game sightings.

In September and October the temperatures climb: the lower-lying rift valleys – Lower Zambezi, Mana Pools and Luangwa Valley – can get very hot in October. However, you'll see some superb game as the animals concentrate around the limited water sources.

November is variable; it can be hot and dry like October, or it can see the season's first downpours. Often it's a very interesting month as you can see both patterns on successive days.

Telephone, power supply & internet

Most hotels offer internet and/or Wi-Fi (free or paid) to their guests. Alternatively, or if you want to be independent, you can purchase internet bundles for your mobile phone.

Mobile phone providers: Airtel, Zamtel, MTN, Vodafone (check rooming possibilities with your provider before leaving your country)

Electric power is supplied at 230 Volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. Electrical sockets are Type G (BS-1363), Type C (CEE 7/16 Europlug) and Type D (BS-546). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you may want to bring your travel plug adapter to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

 

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