Travel Info

We hope these notes will help you in planning your ideal safari however for specifics please do contact us directly as information is liable to change and although we try, it is not practical to keep all information on this website up to date at all times.

Visas  |  Airport Taxes  |  Money  |  Insurance  |  Money  |  Tipping  |  Photography  |  Voltage  |  What to Bring  |  Weather

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:

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.

Money

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 tipbox, 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.

For more information try Centre for Disease Control & Prevention

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!

What to Bring

(Pack in soft duffle bags – maximum total weight 15kg!)

View printable PDF Suggested Packing List here

MOST IMPORTANT:

CLOTHING (Dark bush colours of natural fabrics work best)

OTHER

OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME

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.

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MAX º (C)383736363633343640424341
MIN º (C)2818151175378131717
RAIN (mm)1701457020000001060155

View the latest weather forecast.

LOWER ZAMBEZI & SOUTH LUANGWA SAFARI SEASON

Game viewing in the Lower Zambezi & South Luangwa National Parks is excellent throughout the safari season although the viewing and the vegetation of the Parks change throughout the year.

Mid Nov - Early MayRainy Season, Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro are closed until May 1st. Puku Ridge is closed until April 1st.
April - MayOccasional 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 - JulyCan be cold in the mornings and nights, especially on game drives, but warm during the day. Bush drying out and game viewing great. Parks are accessible and skies still clear. Trees start to lose their leaves & buffalo herds start moving in. Wild dogs are denning. Definitely pack warm clothes for this time of year - this is when camp fires and hot water bottles in bed are a must.
AugustTemperatures 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 rivers. 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!
SeptemberTemperatures warming up now and hot in the middle of the day. Game is really concentrating around the rivers and tigerfish are on the bite. Carmine bee- eaters nesting in the riverbanks – game excellent and towards the end of the month wild dogs will be moving with their new pups.
OctoberNew leaves and flowers on trees, weather hot, like really hot but at least not too humid. Game very concentrated on banks of the rivers, tigerfishing at its best. Clouds building up, slight possibility of rainstorms. Air begins to clear. Time to see newborn warthogs.
NovemberOld Mondoro & Chiawa Camp close by mid Novermber, Puku Ridge closes at the end of the month. 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.

 

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