FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ZAMBIA
Zambia is the ideal destination for the traveller who wants to experience the rugged beauty of Africa first hand. The country boasts a number of relatively untouched game reserves, rich in wildlife, including the South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. The Victoria Falls is a spectacular tourist attraction and the vast expanse of Lake Kariba entices travellers.
When is the best time to visit Zambia?
- Zambia's distinctive seasons provide visitors with different perspectives depending on the time of year. In April and May wildlife is less concentrated due to an abundance of water left over from the rainy season. In June, July and August the countryside begins to dry out and game viewing is generally excellent. September and October provide wonderful game viewing opportunities as game congregates around available water, usually along the rivers. The rainy season is great for bird watching.
When is the best time to visit the Victoria Falls?
- The Victoria Falls is 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 visit when the water is low at the end of the dry season from October to December.
Can the Victoria Falls be viewed from the Zambian side?
- The Victoria Falls is accessible from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are better known and most photographed from the Zimbabwean side but this is largely because visitors are unaware of the possibility of seeing them from Zambia, where there are less visitors.
Do I need a visa to visit Zambia?
- Please check with your nearest Zambian consulate for up-to-date information. As a general guideline, all travellers need visas except: Nationals of Commonwealth Dependent and Associated states (with the exception of Gambia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and UK, who do need visas) Nationals of Fiji, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Tourists travelling on a package organised by a tour operator outside Zambia
Is it safe to travel in Zambia?
- Zambia is an extremely safe destination. It has a stable government and the people are known for their friendliness.
Can I use my credit card in Zambia?
- All major credit cards are accepted at hotels and shops. However, please note that certain lodges do not accept payment by Diners or American Express.
Will I be able to make international phone calls from Zamiba?
- Yes, but it is expensive. A direct international dialling service is available at the hotels in major towns. Top hotels and businesses have fax and e-mail services. Hotels add a substantial surcharge on all calls. Guests staying at private game lodges can communicate with the outside world via the Zambian telephone system or by satellite telephone.
Are there special health requirements?
- Zambia is a malaria area and the use of malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. Consult your medical practitioner when planning your trip. Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination.
Is the tap water safe to drink in Zambia?
- It is recommended that you stick to bottled water or boil all water before drinking it.