American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the entry stamp; if transiting South Africa, an additional blank visa page required for each entry. This cannot include the ‘endorsement’ page at the back.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A valid visa is required for all travelers from the U.S and Canada. Visas may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Visa fees: $50 per person for single entry and $80 for double entry. Visa fees payable in cash (no credit cards). If you are going to Botswana for a day trip you must get a double entry visa for Zambia when you first arrive into the country. A Yellow fever certificate is required upon entry. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Zambia for the most up-to-date visa information.
Please note; if you are looking to travel in and out of the country a double entry visa will be required. Please speak with your travel representatives for more information.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None.
Yellow Fever: Following the World Health Organization's confirmation that Zambia is a low risk yellow fever country the South African Department of Health has announced travelers from Zambia will no longer be required to carry a valid yellow fever certificate when entering South Africa. Yellow fever certificate is not required for transit between South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana.
Malaria risks do exist though it is extremely rare. The risk is less at higher elevations or in hotter locations. Speak to your medical practitioner for more details. We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
The general altitude of Zambia gives it a more pleasant climate than most tropical countries. The country experiences three seasons: Cool and dry from May to August, hot and dry from September to November, and warm and wet from December to April. Temperatures will vary depending on which part of the country you are in, and the elevation in that area. The valleys can experience extremely hot temperatures, especially in October. The cool dry season can see night frosts in areas which are sheltered from the wind.
Electricity in Zambia is supplied at 230 volts and 50Hz. Zambian sockets accept plug types, C/D/G. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options, Zambia may be one of their costlier destinations. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally at as little as 5,000K (US$1) to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Zambia. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.) Please note that coverage can be spotty in the countryside.
Internet: Is not accessible from the camp rooms, most lodges do have wireless or a shared business computer in the main area to check email. Local connections are exceptionally slow and can be costly (as much as $10 per half hour). Smartphones such as BlackBerrys and iPhones will actually download data much faster than computers. Again, roaming and data charges can be exceptionally high – so please talk to your phone provider to pre-purchase a data plan for when you are on safari.
Generally speaking we advise bringing ZMK210, 000 - 315, 000 per day for spending money per person. We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Lodges often accept USD and ZAR, so you can tip and pay for items in these currencies, credit card is often accepted as well.
Language: English (Official) and 70 other indigenous languages
Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMK)
Religion: 50-75% Christian, 24-49% Muslim and Hindu
Time Zone: CAT (GMT +2 hours)
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Zambia is +260
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Zambia: General Emergency: 999; Ambulance/Police: 991; Fire: 993.