Travel Info

VISAS


 Current information can be obtained from your travel agent or by clicking here.

 

Apply for an E-VISA here.

 

What is an e-Visa?

 

An e-Visa is an alternative to conventional visas issued by the Department of Immigration in Zambia (through Headquarters, Ports of Entry and Zambia Missions) permitting foreigners who require visas to enter Zambia. Applicants therefore, may obtain their e-Visa approval letter electronically after submitting required information and payment is made by Cash and Credit or Debit Card (Master or Visa) at the point of entry.

 

The link to download your e-Visa is given on the final step where you will be informed that your application has been completed successfully. In addition, the same link to download your e-Visa will be emailed to you. Immigration Officers at Ports of Entry can verify your e-Visa on their system. However, you are advised to download and keep the hard copy of your e-Visa Approval Letter.

As in the case with other visas, respective Zambian Officials at the Port of Entry reserve the right to deny entry into Zambia to a holder of an e-Visa Approval Letter without any explanation.

 

Eligibility

All foreign nationals who require visas to come to Zambia are eligible to apply for an e-Visa.

 

e-Visa Fees

The normal visa fees shall apply as follows:

  •  Single Entry-US$ 50
  •  Double /Multiple Entry -US$ 80
  •  Transit US $50
  •  Day Tripper US$ 20

 

For further details and enquiries, please get in touch with: 

 

The Public Relations Office - Department of Immigration Headquarters                

  • Tel: +260 211 255282 (PR)                                                                                                                                                              
  • Tel: +260 211 252622 (Customer Service Centre)   
  • Email: pro@zambiaimmigration.gov.zm
  • Email: marketing@zambia.travel 

 (as provided by Zambia Tourism Board, 19th October 2015)

 

AIRPORT TAXES

There is a departure tax to be paid in US$ or Zambian Kwacha (ZMW) in cash or credit card, if this has not already been included in the cost of your ticket, when departing from Zambian airports such as Lusaka, Mfuwe and Livingstone for domestic flights.

This does not apply at bush airstrips.

  • Domestic departure tax - currently US$16 per person per flight out of LUN, LVI & MFU - usually included in Proflight seat rate tickets, not included in charters or other airlines.
  • Royal Zambezi Airfield Access Fee - US$ 17.50 nett per person per take off or landing ($35 return) payable to Chiawa Camp

 

MONEY

  • The local currency is called the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW) and is the only currency accepted for transactions within Zambia.
  • Zambian Safari lodges are permitted to quote, invoice and receive foreign currency into their foreign currency accounts in Zambia for payments for safaris from foreign suppliers and visitors.
  • Payments for safaris from domestic (Zambian based) suppliers and visitors will need to be quoted and paid in ZMW.
  • It is not yet possible to purchase ZMW from outside of Zambia, so you will need to exchange currency once in Zambia. However, although you will be able to purchase your visa in foreign currency at your point of entry to Zambia.
  • When one exchanges cash at a bank or bureau de change in Zambia , the most acceptable foreign currency to use is US dollars. Please note that you get better rates for larger denomination notes, however these must be newer than 2006 mint; 2006 mint and older are not accepted in Zambia.
  • Credit/debit cards are accepted at most institutions, and ATM's for cash withdrawals including for payment of Departure Taxes. However, credit cards are not accepted at Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro
  • Travelers Cheques are not accepted at Chiawa Camp or Old Mondoro

 

INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance (including Trip Cancellation/Curtailment & Medical Evacuation plus Hospitalization and Treatment) be purchased, as we do apply our cancellation policy

Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro carry Medical Evacuation and Public Liability insurance, however, these may be insufficient for your needs, especially as Hospitalization is not covered in our policy and, again, we request that you insure fully.

 

Consider Travel Insurance for African Safaris.

 

TIPPING

This is at your own discretion and is not expected, but a rough guide is $5 per person per night for the general camp staff tip box, and a further $5 per person per night for your safari guide if you are happy with the effort and service provided.

 

MEDICAL

Malaria does exist in Zambia, therefore, it is recommended that you take malaria prophylaxis. There are many different types of preventatives, so it is important to seek advice from your physician on the best anti malarial pills to take.

For serious injuries or illnesses we would recommend medical attention in Johannesburg, South Africa, more than 1,600 km's from Lusaka. Although there are MedEvac facilities and paramedics available in Lusaka, attention for serious medical emergencies can never be close at hand whilst in Zambia, and especially not whilst in remote safari camps such as Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro.

It is also a good idea to take your own personal medical kit, although Chiawa has a comprehensive emergency medical kit and most medicines.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Please be sensitive when photographing public buildings and people in Zambia. Be courteous, polite and always ask permission.

 

You should also know that for night drives at Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro, as a conservation measure, we disallow the use of flash photography, and exclusively use red filtered lights for finding, and photographing wildlife. This has led to some photographic challenges. However, we have recently developed and tested a diffuse, soft white filter on our spotlights for the purpose of photography, and this has resulted in very natural looking photographs with little to no observed disturbance of the wildlife. Unfortunately, these lights only have an effective range of about 15M maximum. Effective 2014, vehicles on night drives will each carry a red filtered light for finding the wildlife, and a soft white filtered light for photography. This is a first in Africa and literally rewrites the book on photography on night drives.

 

VOLTAGE

We have day & night 220-240 volt power and charging facilities in all rooms at both camps, with multi-national sockets as illustrated below. If your appliances require 110V power please bring a power converter, such as is readily available at RadioShack.

 

Do not bring hair dryers please!

 

 

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WHAT TO BRING (Pack in soft duffle bags - maximum total weight 15kg!)

View printable PDF Suggested Packing List here

 

MOST IMPORTANT:

  • Photocopy of passport photo page (in case of loss)
  • Passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Pen for filling out customs forms, etc.
  • Cash/Travellers cheques and credit cards
  • Approx. 35 $1 dollar bills for miscellaneous tipping
  • Insurance: Accident; medical; baggage and cancellation
  • Inoculations and other medications (As per your local Health clinic or personal physician)

 

CLOTHING (Dark bush colours of natural fabrics work best)

  • Wind-proof, warm jacket for morning & evening game drives
  • Light sweater/jumper for evenings in camp
  • Tropical-weight long sleeve shirts (2-3)*
  • Tropical-weight long pants (2)*
  • Casual pants (1-2) / Casual shirts (2)
  • Shorts (2)
  • Tennis shoes and /or boat shoes
  • Hiking boots (light & well worn in!) especially if you are planning on going on walking safaris
  • T- shirts (2-3)
  • Underwear, pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Teva-type sandals
  • Cap or wide brim hat
  • (Chiawa offers laundry service at no charge so don’t over-pack)

 

OTHER

  • Sunscreen (block) / lip balm (minimum 30 SPF)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Camera, long telephoto lenses for game viewing & plenty of film
  • Locks for duffel bags & luggage
  • Aloe Vera gel for sunburn
  • Imodium AD tablets
  • Insect repellent (with high DEET concentration)
  • Consider a small first aid kit with bandaids, topical antibiotics, etc.

 

OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Ear plugs (to drown out a snoring roommate, or snoring hippo)
  • 2 zip-loc bags (half gallon size)
  • 2 hefty bin bags for dirty clothes, etc.

 

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME

  • Jewellery, other valuables, drugs, firearms
  • Colognes (attracts insects) and hair dryers

 

WEATHER


RAINFALL

Virtually no rain during the Zambian safari season, although occasional showers can be expected into May, and from October onwards. Typically less than 400mm (15 inches) of rainfall per annum.


TEMPERATURE

The temperature in the valley varies considerably, between a mean of 19 degrees Celsius in June, to a mean of 30 degrees Celsius in October.

 

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

MAX (C)

38

37

36

36

36

33

34

36

40

42

43

41

MIN (C)

28

18

15

11

7

5

3

7

8

13

17

17

RAIN (mm)

170

145

70

20

0

0

0

0

0

10

60

155


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LOWER ZAMBEZI SAFARI SEASON

Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi NP is excellent throughout the safari season although the Park looks different at different times of the year. 

 

Mid Nov - Mid April

Rainy Season, Chiawa Camp is closed until mid-April. Old Mondoro closed until late April.

April - May

Occasional storms, clear skies and warm to hot weather. Bush lush and green, water holes are full and covered with wild fowl. Good game viewing for lion though elephant & buffalo still dispersed. Some game viewing loops might still be closed because of high water levels. Great birding.

June - July

Old Mondoro, Chiawa’s bush camp, opens late April. Can be cold in the mornings and nights, especially on game drives, but warm during the day. Bush drying out and game viewing great. Park accessible and skies still clear. Trees start to lose their leaves & buffalo herds start moving in. Definitely pack warm clothes for this time of year - this is when camp fires and hot water bottles in bed are a must.

August

Temperatures comfortable (but still have some warm gear handy as the camp fire and hot water bottles in bed are still necessary) and game viewing excellent. Waterholes drying up and game beginning to concentrate near the Zambezi. Tigerfish begin to bite but still a bit lethargic. Skies beginning to get hazy from dust and from bushfires in the hills. Flame Creeper in flower - bright red canopies in the acacia trees – stunning!

September

Temperatures warming up now and hot in the middle of the day. Game concentrating around the Zambezi and tigerfish are on the bite. Carmine bee- eaters nesting in the riverbanks – game still excellent.

October

New leaves and flowers on trees, weather hot, like really hot but at least not too humid. Game very concentrated on banks of the Zambezi, tigerfishing at its best. Clouds building up, slight possibility of rainstorms. Air begins to clear. Time to see newborn warthogs. 

November

Old Mondoro closes early November. Rain likely, weather hot and humid but cooling down with some cloud cover, newborn impalas appearing. Migrant birds start reappearing (esp. cuckoos & storks). Fishing still excellent if not too much rain. Game viewing excellent, bush looking green but not lush enough to interfere with game viewing – personally my favourite time of the year in the Zambezi Valley. Chiawa Camp closes mid November.

 

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