How to get to Zambia
International airlines serving Zambia from Continental Europe include British Airways and KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines. There is no direct connection to Zambia for travellers from the USA, Canada or Australia. The most convenient connections are usually via South Africa, Kenya or Dubai. Regional airlines that fly into Zambia include Air Malawi, Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways and South African Airways (SAA). Zambia’s main international airport is Lusaka. There are domestic scheduled flights to Livingstone, Mfuwe (South Luangwa), Lower Zambezi and the Copperbelt. Destinations like the Kafue National Park are usually serviced by charter companies.
If you are flying out of any airport in Zambia, departure tax for international flights is US $25, payable in US dollars cash only. This is payable separately, and is not included in the price of your ticket. The departure tax for domestic flights is US $8.
Each client travelling with Bush Buzz is obliged to take out a comprehensive travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage and money.
The local currency is the Kwacha. Bank notes are available in K50.000, K20.000, K10.000, K5.000, K1000, K500, K100, K50 and K20 denominations. The US dollar (with exception of the older bills with ‘small presidents heads’ and printed before 2001) is the most widely accepted foreign currency when exchanging for Kwachas. Paying a bill can also be done in US dollars, but change is always given in Kwachas. Banking hours are generally from 8.15 until 14.30 on Mondays to Fridays.
The Yellow Fever vaccine is the only legal requirement for entry into Zambia.
Malaria is a common illness in Africa, and taking anti-malarial prophylaxis is therefore recommended. Use insect repellent in the evenings. It is advised that you enquire with your local tropical health institutes or your doctor at home which vaccinations are recommended for the areas you will be visiting. You are advised to bring sufficient supplies of any regular medication you take with you because although the chemists in the major cities carry a wide variety of medication, once in the bush, it will be difficult to find a conventional pharmacy! Although the drinking water is of a reliable standard in most places, mineral water is readily available and therefore bringing any water purifying tablets or equipment is not necessary and only takes up valuable space in your luggage.
Zambia’s electricity supply is 220v to 240v AC. Most sockets take British-style plugs with three rectangular prongs. Most camps will have 220v recharging facilities for video equipment, but it is advisable to bring your own adaptor and recharge/transformer. American travellers are advised to bring a voltage adapter.
What to Bring
Comfortable, cotton clothing is recommended, as well as strong, walking shoes for walking safaris. Bear in mind that you are less conspicuous in the bush with muted, neutral colours, and that blacks and strong blues absorb more heat as well as attract the painful bites of tsetse flies! During May, June, July & August, mornings and nights can be cold so be sure to bring sufficient warm clothing. A hat and sunscreen are essential, as are a pair of sunglasses – the African sun can be vicious. An absolute must is a pair of binoculars, and a camera with plenty of film rolls/digital cards. A torch and spare batteries if the torch is an unusual size.
A Few Do’s & Don’ts!
- Please be punctual for departure of tours/excursions/flights.
- Save precious natural resources. Please do not waste water, and switch off air conditioning and lights when not needed.
- You are advised to protect your money and other valuables (passports & tickets) safe from pickpockets by keeping everything out of sight and reach in a pouch on a strap around your neck or waist, under clothing. For your day to day things use a smaller wallet in order to avoid fumbling under your clothes every time you need to pay for a drink!
- For your own safety we suggest you do not get out of the vehicle at any time whilst in a game park unless advised to do so by your guide. Although attacks by wild animals are rare, no safari in the African wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Bush Buzz, nor her employees or agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on your safari.
- In the interest of Wildlife Conservation and eco-tourism we ask that you do not purchase any shells, corals, animals skins, ivory or wildlife products. These may be confiscated by customs. Please be aware that the purchase of large wooden carvings places a strain on forest resources. Rather purchase smaller items.
- To avoid getting arrested or having your film roll confiscated, do not take photographs of bridges, dams, airports, military equipment or government buildings. When photographing the local people, it is polite to ask them first as not all locals are as keen to be caught on film. Some may ask for a payment of some kind before consenting to having their picture taken.
- Please do not give money, sweets, pens and so forth to children, as it encourages begging and demeans the child. A more constructive and respectful way to help is to give a donation to a health centre or school