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. Other tourist destinations include the Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba.
This website shows you around the country and some of its attractions. Most of the photographs are ours, unless we state otherwise. They are not the best so my advice is to come and take your own …
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Air borders are at Lusaka and Livingstone.
Airlines flying into Lusaka: Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwanda Air, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Namibia, Fastjet, KLM, Air France, British Airways
Road borders near Livingstone are Victoria Falls (from Zimbabwe), Kazungula (from Botswana) and Katima Mulilo (from Namibia). Near Siavonga there is a border over the dam wall and one at Chirundu, both from Zimbabwe. For the north, Nakonde is the border to Tanzania. To the east, the border with Malawi is Mchinji, southeast of Chipata.
Passport holders from Southern Africa do not need to pay for a visa. Other passport holders are required to pay US$50 for a single visa, US$80 for a double. However, if you cross the border at Victoria Falls, Kazungula, Livingstone or Lusaka Airports you can request for a KAZA visa. This is US$50 and allows the visitor to cross the border to Zimbabwe or Botswana several times during their stay.
Make sure when you are driving into Zambia that either the vehicle is your own property or that you have documentation to prove that you are allowed to use the vehicle.
First job is to fill in a Temporary Import Permit. Sometimes you can be asked for Interpol clearance.
Next is Carbon Tax payment payable at Customs. This is between K50 and K200.
Next is Toll Fee, payable at another counter. This is around US$20.
At another counter, usually outside the main building, is the insurance office. You will need third party insurance for the vehicle. This is around K100.
Finally, some borders have a local Council office which requires visitors to pay a Council levy. This is around K25-50.
You may need to pay in kwacha. Hopefully there is a bureau de change or a bank at the border. You are advised not the use street money changers.
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.
If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proflight, Zambia’s Independent Airline flies between Lusaka, Livingstone, Mfuwe (for South Luangwa), Jeki and Royal (for Lower Zambezi), Kalabo (for Liuwa Plain), Ndola, Kitwe and Solwezi (for the Copperbelt), and Kasama, northern Zambia.
Buses run between all major towns.
For drivers, the speed limit in towns is officially 40, but there are signs of 50/60 kph so just keep to the speed limit as indicated. On main roads it is 100 kph. Most roads between towns 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 50 languages or dialects in Zambia but the language of government and business is English.
The tourist industry is cosmopolitan with staff speaking many other languages.
Throughout this website you will see my ‘happy snappies’. They are meant to show you some interesting places around Zambia. But I have no claim to be even half-decent as a photographer.
If you want to shoot a giraffe or a lion with your camera, go ahead – they may even pose for you! However, it is not polite to take photographs of people without their permission. Similarly in towns, officially it is against the law to take photographs of some buildings. So, please ask before you take your camera out.
If you would really like to see Zambia in a beautiful portfolio, have a look at Stephen Robinson’s photos:
If you would like to read about some of Zambia’s history, it is on a separate page. Click on the link to the right.
If you would like to read a bit about stone-age man who lived in Zambia before the arrival of iron technology, click on the link to the right.
Kingdoms of Zambia
If you would like to read more about Zambia’s Kingdoms, click on the link to the right. The kingdoms are of the Chewa, Lunda, Bemba, Lozi and Ngoni people.