Zambia is in south-central Africa. It has a a land area of over 750,000 sq km. It is larger than France but smaller than Turkey. The population is about 14.5 million, with half the population below 15 years. There are 20 National Parks and many conservancies. In this guide we show you around four National Parks – Lower Zambezi, Kafue, Liuwa Plain and the small Mosi-oa-Tunya Park encompassing the Victoria Falls.
The currency of Zambia is the kwacha, coins are ngwee. Foreign currency and credit cards are accepted in most hotels/lodges. There are bureaus de change and banks in most towns with ATMs throughout the country which accept Visa; some Mastercard.
Zambia is a malaria area. It is recommended that visitors take anti-malaria medicine as prescribed by a doctor. Travel insurance is advisable and make sure that it easily found by fellow travellers.
Scheduled flights run between Lusaka, Livingstone, Mfuwe (South Luangwa), Lower Zambezi, Mbala and the Copperbelt (Kitwe, Ndola and Solwezi).
Buses run between all major towns.
For drivers, the speed limit in towns is 50/60 kph; on main roads it is 100 kph. Most main roads are tar and in reasonable condition. It is not advisable to drive in the dark, so plan all trips to arrive in daylight. All roads within parks are dirt tracks, some better than others. Fuel is usually available in all towns of any size but keep your tank filled up in case there is a shortage.
There are over 70 languages or dialects in Zambia but the language of government and business is English.