|N’Cwala||February||New harvest celebrations in Mutenguleni|
|Kuomboka||February or March||Celebrations with a flotilla of canoes arriving at Limulunga.|
|Likumbi Lya Mize||July||Visit Mize, the official palace of Senior Chief Ndungu|
|Livingstone Cultural and Arts Festival||August/September||Displays of local music and dance|
Either round two or three pin plug or 3 rectangular pin (as in the UK).
Various air charter companies will fly to any of the many airstrips around the country and most of the areas worth visiting are accessible by air.
British Airways offer direct flights to Lusaka International Airport, whilst Kenyan Airways, South African and Ethiopian Airlines offer indirect, but reasonably frequent, services from London.
British Airways fly direct three times a week from London Heathrow to Lusaka. Alternatively you can fly daily to either Nairobi or Johannesburg with onward connections to Lusaka or Livingstone on either Kenya Airways of South African Airways respectively. Flight time 10 hour direct, between 15-24 hours with connections.
South African Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with onward connection to Lusaka and Livingstone.
Kenya Airways fly once a week from London Heathrow to Lusaka, with connection in Nairobi. Flight time approximately 14 hours 55 minutes depending on connections.
Virgin Atlantic fly daily from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, with onward connections on South African Airways to Lusaka. Flight time approximately 16 hours 15 minutes depending on connections.
Ethiopian Airlines fly twice a week from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa with onward connections to Lusaka. Flight time approximately 15 hours 35 minutes depending on connections.
The possession or use of narcotics, including soft drugs such as marijuana, is strictly prohibited. Customs may ask to see prescriptions for any medication brought into the country. Drug taking and smuggling are offences. Punishments can be severe. Prisons conditions are very poor.
The possession of pornographic material is illegal in Zambia and offenders may be jailed and/or deported. Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia and those caught engaging in homosexual acts can be sentenced to several years’ imprisonment.
It is an offence to drive after drinking alcohol and to use a mobile telephone whilst driving.
Zambia is hottest from September to November, just before the rains, when temperatures rise. Day time heat soars into the 80s and 90s Fahrenheit (28-37C), and dictate light dresses and short-sleeved shirts. November to March is the rainy season. Short thunderstorms or showers relieve the high temperatures just before they become oppresive. Rains usually last for a few hours at most and towns and countryside emerge fresh and green again in the sunlight. By mid-March or early April the rains diminish, and leaves begin to fall from the trees. This is perhaps the best time of year. The heat has abated, but the winter chill has not set in, and the countryside is still brilliant green.
Zambia’s three distinctive seasons provide visitors with different perspectives depending on the time of year. The Luangwa Valley for example is best for game viewing during the dry season from June to October, but the rainy season, with its spectacular profusion of greens and reds changes the landscape dramatically and the bird populations 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 come when the water is low at the end of the dry season from October to December.
Kafue National Park is best from May to October as is the Lower Zambezi. Ideal road travelling months are April to September as the heat is at it’s most bearable.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)
It’s best to come into the country with a combination of cash and travellers cheques in US dollars or British pounds which can be exchanged in main towns.
US dollars, UK pounds, Euro or South African Rand can be exchanged in banks in all major towns or foreign exchange bureau.
ATMs are becoming more widely available. However they are subject to breakdowns and should not be relied upon. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locatorfor the addresses of ATMs around the world
Credit cards are not widely accepted outside large towns or tourists areas – always check in advance. Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
The Zambian currency fluctuates quite regularly. Most used note denominations are K500 and K1000, K5000 and K10000. Nobody uses Ngwee coins any more as they are worthless. If you are offered an exchange on the black market at the borders, excercise extreme caution as the dealers are notorious for cheating you without you even realising it.
The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.
All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.
Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.
|Australia||A visa can be issued on arrival providing you have proof of pre-arranged ground arrangements through a tour operator or registered Zambian hotel.|
|Canada||A visa can be issued on arrival providing you have proof of pre-arranged ground arrangements through a tour operator or registered Zambian hotel.|
|Denmark||A visa can be issued on arrival providing you have proof of pre-arranged ground arrangements through a tour operator or registered Zambian hotel.|
|Ireland||A visa is not required|
|South Africa||A visa is not required|
Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com