When is the best time to visit Zambia?
The best time to visit Zambia for game viewing is during the Dry season of May to October. During this time, animals congregate around rivers and waterholes. The wet season of November to April brings with it heavy rain and many parks and camps close down.
Is tap water safe to drink in Zambia?
It is generally ill advised to drink tap water in Zambia. Most hotels and lodges boil their water so that it is safe to drink. However, it is advised that travellers drink only readily available bottled water when in Zambia.
How do I travel between destinations in Zambia?
Driving yourself through Zambia is possible. However, many of Zambia’s roads are without sidewalks, forcing pedestrians and animals to walk in the road. The countries main roads are kept in generally good repair but secondary roads often become flooded during the wet season. If driving yourself, a 4×4 vehicle is highly recommended. Keep in mind that a vehicle permit is required. Air transfers to many of the game lodges are available.
What is the food like in Zambia?
The typical Zambian diet consists of starch, stews and beans. Many of its game lodges offer a menu influenced by South African cuisine, with ‘braai’d’ game meats on offer. There are many western themed restaurants in the country’s cities but sampling some of Zambia’s signature dishes, like Ndiwo, comes highly recommended.
What should I pack?
Besides anti-malaria pills, travellers should pack their personal prescription medication along with the following:
- Cameras, lenses and binoculars
- Light clothing for summer safaris
- Bathing suits
- Walking shoes
- Mosquito repellent, sunscreen and hats
- Warmer clothing for winter stays
What type of climate can I expect?
The height of the land in Zambia gives the country a more pleasant climate than that in most tropical countries. May to August is cool and dry, September through to November is hot and dry while December to April is warm and wet with a high humidity. The valleys of the Zambezi and Luangwa are excessively hot.
What electrical outlets are used in Zambia?
Electrical sockets in Zambia supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re using an appliance with this voltage, an adapter is all you need.
Do I need to take any medication with me to Zambia?
Yes. A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if travelling from an infected area. It is recommended that travellers take a course of anti-malaria tablets before entering Zambia. Other courses to consider include Hepatitis A, Tetanis and Typhoid. Healthcare facilities are largely underdeveloped in Zambia and as such travellers should bring a sufficient supply of their own personal medication.
What languages and currency are used in Zambia?
The official language of Zambia is English, with Bemba being the most widely spoken indigenous language. It’s best to come into the country with either travellers cheques or Dollars or Pounds which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureaux de Change or authorised banks in the main towns. The Zambian currency is the Kwacha and payments within the country can only be made with the local currency. Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards. Visa is more widely used than Mastercard or American Express.
What national parks are there in Zambia?
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. Third party insurance must be purchased at Zambia’s border upon entry for a nominal fee. Medical insurance should be purchased before leaving your own country and should include emergency medical cover.
Is tipping expected in Zambia?
Tipping is completely voluntary in Zambia, with many establishments including a 10% service charge in their rates.
What is your top accommodation and favourite itinerary?
Avani Victoria Falls Resort offers a world of opulence and excitement with the Victoria Falls at your doorstep. As for itineraries, the 14 Day Victoria Falls and Zambia Trip brings together the majesty of the Victoria Falls and two of its finest national parks.
What is there to do in Zambia?
A safari through one of Zambia’s national parks comes highly recommended. The Victoria Falls are also nearby and offer a host of activities through which to enjoy them.
What is the difference between the Zimbabwe and Zambia side of the Falls?
Zimbabwe enjoys about 80% of the view of the Falls (16 view points). Zambia has only a small section – the eastern cataract (1 view point). Locals note that the only way to experience the Falls is from the Zimbabwean side. In the dry season from September through to December the Zambian portion of the Falls (eastern cataract) dries up almost completely. As such, Victoria Falls excursions from the Zambian side during this time are not recommended.
Why do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance for a Zambian holiday will cover you for emergencies and physical injuries. Personal effects cover is also recommended.
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