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Zambia Travel Guide

From visas information to health and more, get all the information in our Zambia travel guide.

Zambia remains a relatively non-commercial safari destination, where you can experience intimate little camps in beautiful and remote reserves. Together with Zimbabwe, Zambia has the best safari guides in Africa, offering unusually outdoorsy activities, including exciting walking safaris.

Zambia’s prolific game is especially exhilarating when encountered on foot. Elephants, lions, wild dogs, spotted hyenas, giraffes and pukus, are just some of the animals you will see. South Luangwa National Park provides the iconic Zambian bush experience, along with the more remote North Luangwa with its specialist walking camps. Lower Zambezi offers motorboat and canoe trips whilst the west is home to Kafue, a huge, remote wilderness. Experience a sensational Victoria Falls tour at Livingstone! The national parks in Zambia allow night drives, adding a new thrilling dimension to game-viewing!

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Visa and entry

European, American and Australian citizens, as well as citizens from most Asian countries, require an entry visa to Zambia. The cost for a single entry tourist visa is US$ 50 and the cost for a multiple entry visa is USD$ 80. More information is available on the official visa website.

Visitors re-entering Zimbabwe and Zambia will require a double or multiple entry visa (i.e. visiting the Falls on the Zimbabwe side when staying on the Livingstone side or vice versa, or doing day trips from Botswana to and from Zimbabwe or Livingstone or vice versa.). 

In some cases, visas can take up to three months for processing so please consider these circumstances when making a booking since obtaining visas are the responsibility of the traveler.

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Health information

Before you travel to Zambia, it is a good idea to ensure that all your vaccinations are up to date. These include measles, tetanus, polio, rubella, Hepatitis and your yearly flu shot. Anti-rabies and typhoid vaccinations are also recommended. Since Zambia is a malaria-prone zone, we also advise you to carry mosquito repellent and anti-malaria medicine, and ensure that you wear clothes that cover your adequately in the evenings.

While Lusaka has several good quality clinics and medical facilities, in the interiors of Zambia such facilities are hard to come by. Always ensure that you check the expiry date before taking any medication. Avoid drinking tap water while in Zambia – only drink filtered or bottled water.

Currency and cards

The official currency in the country is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW) although US dollars are accepted in most tourist establishments. There are plenty of ATMs all over Zambia for your convenience. However, you will find that ATMs are down or run out of money often. If you wish to pay by US dollar or want to exchange money, only carry notes printed in 2013 or later or they may not be accepted.

Visa is the most commonly accepted card in Zambia. Mastercards are accepted in some establishments while most will not accept Amex cards. Many credit card transactions may require a pin for the payment to go through.

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