Charter flights fly to all major tourist destinations in Zambia year-round, connecting to and from all major international carriers. Connection timings are minimal in the Lusaka airport and a full meet-and-greet service can be arranged to assist international tourists to make their way around all Zambian airports.
If you've come into Zambia without a vehicle, you can hire a chauffeur driven vehicle or rent a car to get around town or around the country. The country has 38 763km of roads, 8200 km of which are tarred and another 8000 km all weather gravel road. The rest range from reasonable to bad dirt roads.
Many airlines fly in and out of Lusaka and Livingstone International Airports, including Zambian Airways, British Airways, Aeroflot, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Air France, Air Botswana, Air Malawi, Air Tanzania, Air Zaire, Air Zimbabwe and Kenya Airways. InterAir flies into Ndola International Airport. If you do not fly directly to Lusaka, it is well worth booking your international flight to Africa together with any scheduled internal link between countries (eg: Johannesburg- Luska) at the same time. This will certainly save you money.
Entry visas for visitors and airport departure tax are charged, please check if this is already included in your airline ticket
Please be aware that certain hotels and lodges do not allow children, or only children from a certain age. Should you have made the booking without giving the ages of children travelling with you, you may be turned away upon arrival. Some hotels also have rules as to how many people may share a room and regard a child from the age of 12 for instance, as an adult, due to pay an adult rate. Please always be aware of this when making a booking and inform the hotel or lodge of the childís age on making a booking.
Should the children have a different name to the parents/ parent, there may be problems at the borders. Therefore, please enquire before travelling, what documentation is needed to travel with the child. Should only one parent be travelling, one may need an official letter of consent from the other parent. If the child is travelling with the grandparents or friends, this will also be required.
- Sun block (essential)
- Sunglasses (essential)
- Mosquito or insect repellent (essential)
- A hat (essential)
- Trainers or hiking boots (comfortable walking shoes and high shoes for at night in case of snakes)
- Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
- Shorts or a light skirt
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
- Tracksuit - good for sleeping in during winter months
- Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer
- Swimsuit, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools
- Binoculars and a camera are a must
- Towel, torch and sleeping bag for camping safaris (not needed at lodges)
- Malaria tablets (if required)
If you are travelling with an organised safari, it is important to check what your weight limit is. Generally you will need to restrict your luggage to 10-12 kg (packed in a soft bag) plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment.
*It is best not to take any clothing with camouflage patterns, as wearing them in some parts of Africa; people may think you are part of a militia. Expensive jewellery is also not necessary, even on a luxury safari, it will take a load off your mind and you will not have to worry about its safety.
Zambiaís three distinctive seasons provide visitors with different perspectives depending on the time of year.
Game viewing during the dry season from June to October is best as it is cooler and does not rain, but the rainy season, with its spectacular profusion of greens and reds changes the landscape dramatically and the bird populationsí increase with the arrival of migrants from the north.
The Victoria Falls are at their most spectacular between April and May after the rainy season but often the spray is so thick it is difficult to see the full width of the falls. To appreciate the magnificent rock formations and gorges, it is just as interesting to visit when the water is low at the end of the dry season from October to December.
|Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations. Your chemist or doctor can advise you of the most suitable drug available as certain drugs lose their effectiveness. A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are travelling from an infected area. Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised.
Passports and visas: the onus is on the traveller to ensure that their passports are valid for travel and that they are in possession of valid visas for all countries being visited and that all necessary health certificates for these destinations are in order. We suggest you contact the embassy or visa service in your area for updated information.
Anyone travelling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. left and a right hand page). Passports must also be valid for at least six months. Passengers who do NOT comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft of risk deportation on arrival in South Africa. In addition a parent travelling with children, WITHOUT the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The police must certify this letter of consent.
Departure Taxes: Please note that certain airports and certain countries charge departure taxes that must be paid in cash on departure by the traveller and cannot be pre-paid. The onus is on the traveller to provide such payments which are often required in US Dollars cash.
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- A History of Zambia, by Andrew Roberts
- Missionary Travels and Researches in Southern Africa, by David Livingstone
- Tales of Zambia, by Dick Hobson
- Zambiaís Ancient Rock Art: The paintings of Kasama, by Benjamin W Smith
- A Guide to Little-Known Waterfalls of Zambia, by Quentin Allen
- National Monuments of Zambia, by DW Phillipson
- Billy the Hippo, by Sheila Siddle
- In my Family Tree: A Life with Chimpanzees, by Sheila Siddle
- Just Driving around in the North, by CA Quarmby
- Kakuli: A Story about Wild Animals, by Normann Carr
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- A Guide to Common Wild Mammals of Zambia. WECSZ
- A Field Guide to Zambian Birds not found in Southern Africa, by Dylan Aspinwall