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Our Zambia adventure tours take you to the home of the breathtaking Victoria Falls and the wild Zambezi River. Zambia is the adrenaline capital and adventure playground of Southern Africa. Livingstone, named after the explorer David Livingstone, is just 10 kilometres south of the Victoria Falls and is the perfect place to cast aside your inhibitions with white water rafting (graded 3 to 5) on the lower Zambezi, bungee jumping, river boarding or jet boating. If you prefer a slower paced activity, why not try a game drive, canoeing or a helicopter ride to admire the raging Victoria Falls from above.

Mosi-oa-Tunya, as the Falls are known to local tribes, is a 1,700 metre-wide water sheet that crashes 110 metres into the Zambezi River below, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. David Livingstone described his first sight of the Falls as, “scenes so lovely (they) must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”, a sight you will enjoy on your Zambia adventure tour. Lusaka is Zambia’s capital city and an ideal place to visit a market to soak up the colourful and lively atmosphere. In Chipata, ornate mosques are an unexpected surprise and an ideal last stop to stock up on local crafts to remind you of your Zambia adventure tour.

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Zanzibar to Zambezi

There is so much more to Africa than wildlife safaris (although visiting the Masai Mara and Serengeti is a breath-taking experience in itself.) Steve Burke recently came back from our Zanzibar to Zambezi adventure and couldn’t wait to share his experience! Read his interview below to get an insider’s knowledge of travelling... Read more

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Zambia Travel Guide

Zambia Travel Guide

Brief history

In the 12th century, the Bantu people settled in what is nowadays known as Zambia. They were joined in the 17th ,18th and 19th centuries by the Luba and Lundu tribes of Southern Congo and Northern Angola and the Ngoni people of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

In 1852-1856, David Livingstone was the first and most famous European explorer to see

“Mosi-o-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) which he renamed Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria. The township closest to these falls in Zambia is named after him.

The country was initially split and known as Northern and Southern Rhodesia. Northern Rhodesia was controlled by the British from the 19th century until independence in 1964 when it became known as the Republic of Zambia. (Southern Rhodesia went on to become Zimbabwe).

Geography and weather

Zambia is a land locked country with borders to eight other African countries. It has large plains in the west of the country which flood during the rainy season but consists mostly of high plateaus, hills and mountains in the rest of the country. The Zambezi River falls a total of 100 metres over the mile-wide Victoria Falls before flowing into Lake Kariba.

The climate is tropical with the cool, dry 'winter' period being from May – August. August to mid-November is very hot with temperatures often sitting at about 40 degrees Celsius before the rains start. This is the best time to view game if you can cope with high temperatures and humidity. From November through to the end of April is the warm, rainy season and away form the touristy areas, many of Zambia’s roads become impassable during this time.

Visas

Currently EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens all need a visa to enter Zambia. It is your own responsibility to check all visa requirements before travelling and obtain them in advance as required. For many nationalities visas can be obtained on the borders,   however you should contact the embassy for further information.

Visa services like www.travcour.com can be very helpful.

Important: pounds sterling are not accepted at border crossings so bring US dollars cash for any visa expenses at the border.

Visas are valid for three months

Note: US citizens can only purchase single-entry visas at the border.

Important: If you are going to buy your visa on arrival at the airport then a top tip is to try and get a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible so you get into the arrivals hall and immigration at the head of the queue. Also, if you intend to visit the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls then you will need to get a double entry visa on arrival in Zambia.

Border Crossings

Into Zambia from Malawi: Mwami
From Zambia into Botswana: Kazungula

Money

Please note: It can be very difficult to obtain US dollars in Africa, even in major cities like Cape Town. Many places will not accept any notes that are marked, torn or older than the year 2002, and you may have difficulty exchanging these notes elsewhere in Africa, so please check your cash carefully at the point of purchase.

The monetary unit in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha. For up-to-date exchange rates with your own currency visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

In general, Visa is the only credit card that will work everywhere in Africa. Master Card, AMEX and Cirrus will work in some countries but not in others.

We recommend that you bring cash in US dollars only. When changing money, it is a good idea if at all possible, to get small denomination notes and coins in the local currency as often there is a lack of change when you are making purchases and no-one in Africa ever seems to have change.

Please note that it is not possible to withdraw US dollars from ATMs in Africa, only local currency.

Shopping

Haggling is expected in Zambia and hunting for bargains can be a real highlight. Your best buys are serpentine stone and hard wooden carvings as well as hand crafted textiles, hats and of course tee shirts.Livingstone is expensive as it is such a popular tourist destination so you will need to bargain hard for your purchases here, but with persistence and good humour you can still get some good prices.

Tipping

Tipping in restaurants is fast becoming the norm in Livingstone but again only if you get good service, and no more than 10%. All taxes are normally included in the menu prices.

Local transport

Taxis are recommended for most journeys in and around Livingstone, although if you are doing an activity that starts some distance away, a pick up and drop off is usually included in the price.

Security

Crime is not a great problem in Zambia, but you should still be careful and not become complacent. Don’t walk around lonely back streets, especially on your own, don’t wear expensive looking jewellery or a classy watch and don’t carry a wallet in your back pocket. Don’t carry your camera openly; always have it in a small day pack which is firmly attached to your body, preferably in the front in crowded places. Always wear a money belt or leave your valuables, including your passport, in the hotel security box. Please remember that at certain times of year when visiting the Falls, there is a lot of spray and anything you don’t want to get wet, you will need to put in plastic bags although make sure that it is not a supermarket bag (usually yellow) as the baboons will think that there is food in it and will try and snatch it!

Photography

Caution should be taken when taking photos in and around the city. Locals should always be asked prior to taking a photo and it is not uncommon for them to ask for a small donation. Never take photos of police, military personal or buildings. The same goes for any government buildings, banks, post offices or the railway station.

Local food and drink

Most meals are included when camping and lunch is usually included on travelling days in the truck. When staying in hotels or hostels, all meals are at your own expense.

Your tour leader will be able to recommend restaurants.

Nsima and Relish is the staple in most areas of Zambia. Nsima is the same maize flour that you find everywhere in Africa and is prepared in the same way as well. Relish is normally made from tomato and onion but other veg such as beans or peas etc will be added if available. Sometimes beef or goat meat will be also be added to the relish as well so be aware if you are vegetarian.

In the larger towns bbq chicken, Russian sausages and meat pies are all popular takeaways. In Lusaka and Livingstone there are western style takeaways, bars and restaurants including Indian and Chinese.

If you are a strict vegetarian you may experience a distinct lack of variety in the food available, especially in small towns. You might find that you are eating a lot of omelettes and other egg dishes. Our tour leaders will do their best to provide interesting vegetarian alternatives when arranging group meals in the campsite, but your patience and understanding is requested.

All drinks such as water, soft or alcoholic drinks are at your own expense at all times.

(All glass bottles taken away from shops in Zambia will have a deposit added on which varies.)

You should be wary of drinking the local tap water. Bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices are widely available and are generally safe to drink. Please note however that fruit juices are sometimes made with un-boiled tap water and could upset your stomach.

There are various brands of beers found only in Zambia including Mosi, Castle and Rhino lager. All of the campsites / hostels that we use have bars or serve alcoholic drinks. If you want to venture into town there are plenty of bars and restaurants to cater to everyone’s taste but beware imported spirit prices as they are very expensive so always ask for the local equivalent spirit if you want to remain within your budget!

Time Difference

GMT/UTC +3. For other time differences please visit www.timeanddate.com

Voltage

240 volts. Sockets are three-pin British style