Zambia Travel Information
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Useful Travel information for Zambia
and general Information
Zambia Time zone: Mozambique is GMT plus 2 hours
Zambia Currency: Zambian Kwacha - (usually shown as k, Zk or kw)
and is available in 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, 20000 and 50000
ONLY EXCHANGE MONEY in licensed banks and bureau de changes which are available in all major towns - there is no need/reason to change money on the street you will in all lielihood get ripped off !
Zambia Official Languages: English is the official language of
Zambia Power Supply: Electricity 220 - 240 V AC, 50 Hz
Zambia Gerography and Weather
Visas and Entry Requirements for Zambia
All visitors need a current passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
Visa’s are required by most countries (South Africa being the main
exception), these can be obtained in advance at a Zambian embassy.
Visa Fees do vary slighty depending on nationality but in general
at Livingstone airport it will cost:
Current visa information is available at www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm.
Border posts / times
Getting around Livingstone and Taxi's
it is safe to stroll around Livingstone during the day with all the normal
precautions like not flashing money around, wearing lots of expensive
jewellery, watches etc.
Zambia's national dish would have to be nshima and relish which most
every African eats on a daily basis. Nshima consists of a stiff maize
meal porridge whilst relish is basically anything accompanying the nshima
(this includes meat, chicken or fish and/or vegetables). Africa does not
easily cater to vegetarians (though most lodges will if told in advance)
as the diet is based around meat and starches. Braai/Barbecuing is a common
and social affair throughout Southern Africa. Around the country, fruits,
eggs, bread, drinks and seasonal vegetables are sold by the roadside.
Zambia History, Culture & People
President Mr. Levy Manawasa
There are some Zambian social conventions which might take the westerner by surprise. Although handshakes are commonplace when meeting an old friend or being introduced to a new one, it is also standard to continue clasping the others hand throughout the conversation. In addition, it is quite normal to see grown men walking down the street holding hands without ever a thought to them being anything other than just good friends. Although Zambian cities are quite westernised, it is important to adhere to certain social conventions when in the rural areas. This is especially important for woman so as not to offend; please cover your shoulders and your knees (a sarong is perfectly acceptable).
If you ask how long it will be until the next bus, you should know the difference between now, just now, and now now. They may seem similar, but to an African, these mean completely different things with 'now' meaning anytime in the next few hours, 'just now' meaning anytime in the next few days and 'now now' meaning anytime in the next few minutes. It is inevitable that during your stay in Zambia, and throughout Africa, you will hear the saying 'Africa Time'. In a land of few watches and even fewer clocks, you will notice that punctuality is not of the utmost importance. Don't rush, just sit back and certainty don't stress when your ticket needs to be written out in triplicate before you are able to board the bus. This is perfectly normal... just relax and get chatting to your neighbour - they'll love to be given the opportunity to talk to you. Oh! And one last thing to note... 'please' and 'thank you' are not words used in many African languages so don't consider their exclusion rude, just take the huge toothy grin you'll receive to be thank you enough.
What to wear in Zambia
For most of the year light clothing is a must in Zambia, evenings can get cool from June to August requiring a shirt or light jumper. A long sleeved top is handy for keeping off the sun and don’t forget the suncream and sunglasses.
Health & Safety in Zambia
Zambia is a malaria area so please consult your doctor on a suitable
anti-malarial, In light of this, the best cure is prevention so always
use mosquito spray, sleep under a mosquito net and wear trousers, long
sleeved shirts and socks in the evenings and early morning.
Insurance for Zambia
Travel insurance with medical cover is recommended.
Mobile phone networks cover all the main areas, local sim cards are
also widely available with Vodacom, Zamnet and Zain. Internet is still
slow and limited to major areas.
There are many good bargains available to remind you of Zambia and indeed Africa. In Livingstones main street there is an area where stalls are set up selling pieces from all over Southern Africa including wood carvings, bead work, pottery, stone carving, batiques, material and more, enjoy browsing this wonderful selection.
Driving in Zambia
A valid drivers licence (printed in English) or an International Drivers
Licence is required for Zambia and traffic keeps to the left.
Zambian Traffic Police set up numerous roadblocks throughout the country
and will check vehicles for most every infraction. It may seem a pain,
but note that many taxis and minibuses are barely running, let alone roadworthy
so it is in the best interest of everyone. As long as all of your lights
are working, you are carrying your paperwork (including third party insurance),
your passport, drivers licence, road triangles (yes, they will ask!) and
have reflective tape on the front and rear of your vehicle then you should
have no problems.