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Zambia travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Visa Tips
Submitted by M13601
Clients must have Travel & Medical Insurance to cover cancellation/curtailment,theft and medical expenses.

The Kaza univisa, (cost US$50) allows people to receive a single visa for entry into both Zambia and Zimbabwe. The visa can currently be purchased at the following border posts: Harry Mwaanga Airport (Livingstone), Victoria Falls land border, Kazungula land border (border with Botswana), Kenneth Kaunda Airport (Lusaka), Victoria Falls Airport, and Harare Airport. Also valid for day trips into Botswana ... view more from Zambia.
Entry points that do not offer the Univisa at this stage are Kariba, Chirundu and the Beitbridge border posts.

Health tips for Zambia Travel
Submitted by M16099
If you enter Zambia from an endemic area it is compulsory to be vaccinated against yellow fever. We further recommend prophylaxis against pox, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A and B and diphtheria.

Malaria is endemic in Zambia. We therefore strongly recommend that a suitable prophylaxis is taken. For the kind of medication we refer to your doctor or local health department.

Medical support sometimes is still very basic – so you should ensure that your medical travel insurance is sufficient, valid and covers air ... view more evacuation should it become necessary.

Regular needed medication MUST be brought with you. Your medical travel kit should as well have medication against diarrhea, some ear and eye drops and standard pain killers.

You should know your blood group and details of any allergies. Both should be documented as well as name and phone number of people to contact in case of any emergency.

Money Tips for Zambia
Submitted by M16099
Zambia`s official currency is the Kwacha but most hotels and lodges accept US$. Be sure to use the latest notes with “large president’s head”. Old style notes are not always excepted.

Not all international credit cards are accepted either. Some lodges, airlines or travel agents may charge a service fee of between 5% and 12% for credit card payment. Most widely used is Visa.
What to bring
Submitted by M16099
Personally needed items such as a second pair of glasses, individual medication or personal toiletries should be taken along. Those who carry contact lenses should bring spare glasses. Your packing list should further include binoculars, enough camera equipment, films, necessary medication, batteries, a good torch, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protecting sunglasses. For game walks we recommend tight angle-high shoes/ boots.

Take mainly cotton based clothes with decent colors. One pair of long trousers should be ... view more packed although lodges do have a leisurely dress code. Otherwise it is mainly T-Shirts, a long-sleeve shirt, shorts, a thin scarf, solid shoes and a swimsuit. Try not to wear blue as tsetse flies are attracted by this color. Tea tree oil and taking Vitamin B12 tablets are also recommended for keeping tsetse fly at bay.
What to bring?
Submitted by M16637
A detailed suggested list will be sent upon booking. The atmosphere in all places we stay is informal, so casual neutral coloured clothing is both practical and acceptable. Depending on which Destinations you have chosen:
- The summer months of September to December generally require cool clothing, with long, loose clothing for evenings.
- From May to August it can be quite cool at night and in the early mornings, so warmer clothing is advised. But again - we will advise you based on your tour what you need to ... view more bring and be aware of.

We advise that guests bring a good pair of lightweight walking shoes for the walking safari. A good pair of binoculars and an adequate supply of film/memory cards/batteries are also recommended for those with cameras.

Different African countries utilize different socket types. Please ensure you have the correct ones for the countries you will be visiting.

What to pack for a Safari in Africa
Submitted by M18304
1. Pack light - generally you'll be limited to 12 kg in a soft back because you'll be flying in light aircraft.
2. Take comfortable, casual clothes - pants, shorts, comfy tops, swimsuit, windcheater, jersey etc - preferably in neutral colours. You'd don't need too many clothes as there are laundry facilities (usually complimentary).
3. Nice to have something smarter for evenings.
4. Don't forget a good sunscreen and a sunhat.
5. Toiletries in small plastic containers.
6. Insect ... view more repellent in stick or cream form.
7. Any medication you need to have.
8. Camera & binoculars.

Zambian Visa Control changes
Submitted by M15338
Please be advised that with immediate effect the Tourist Visa Fee Waiver Manifest will no longer be accepted, as announced by the Zambian Immigration Department on Friday, 25 January 2008. Tour operators locally are lobbying the Government to have this re-introduced.

Only guests with visas in their passport will not be charged. This would also apply to guests who have already forwarded their completed visa application form to our Zambia Reservations department.

Once we have received clarity and an official ... view more document we will notify of this.