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Practical information for traveling to Zambia, Victoria Falls

Facts about Zambia
  • Population: 12 million
  • Area: 752 614 km2
  • Language: There are 8 languages in Zambia , English, Bemba , Kaonda , Lozi , Lunda , Luvale , Nyanja and Tonga. Over 70 local languages can be found around the country.
  • Capital: Lusaka (1.7 Million)
Background for Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, called in local language: “Mosi – Oa – Tuna” meaning “the smoke that thunders”.

The Falls are one of UNESCO’s ‘ Seven Natural Wonders of the World ‘.

The waterfall is set on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is 1.6 km wide with a drop of 128 m. David Livingstone, who was the first European to see the waterfall in 1855, named it after Queen Victoria.

The creation of the waterfall began 200 million years ago, when most of Southern Africa was subjected to violent volcanic activity that covered most of the area with lava.

As the lava cooled off, cracks remained which were subsequently later filled with softer soil. As the Zambezi river mouth in the Limpopo River was blocked, the Zambezi River flowed out of this lava landscape instead. The flowing waters eroded the softer soil in the cracks and cut deeper into the rock. Over 100,000 years, a number of cracks eroded backwards. The waterfall pulled further back each time, which can be seen on the zigzag shaped gorges of the fall today. Today’s outlook of Victoria Falls is actually the 8th version and certainly not the last.

1 Weather in Zambia

This chart displays the amount of water you can expect to experience at Victoria Falls, both rain fall and waterfall strength.

Water flow
Seasons on average
JAN
Slow Warm and wet
FEB
Flow increase Warm and wet
MAR
Good Warm and wet
APR
Excellent Warm and wet
MAY
Peak Cool and dry
JUN
Peak Cool and dry
JUL
Good Cool and dry
AUG
Average Cool and dry
SEP
Water slows Hot and dry
OCT
Medium Hot and dry
NOV
Slow Hot and dry
DEC
Slow Warm and wet

This a chart displays the type of weather you can expect in Livingstone , Zambia :

Statistics
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Average temp.
24
23
23
22
19
16
16
19
24
26
25
24
Rain mm
16
14
9
3
0
0
0
0
0
4
11
16
Statistics Average temp. Rain mm
JAN 24 16
FEB 23 14
MAR 23 9
APR 22 3
MAY 19 0
JUN 16 0
JUL 16 0
AUG 19 0
SEP 24 0
OCT 26 4
NOV 25 11
DEC 24 16
2 Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from africasafari.co.uk.  Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

3 Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

4 Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or family doctor or even a licensed vaccination clinic.
You can read more information on vaccinations to Zambia here.

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another African country.

5 Visa / Passport

Upon entry to Zambia your passport should be valid for six months beyond your stay.
You must also be in possession of a return ticket home or a ticket to another country.

UK citizens need a visa to enter Zambia and we recommend that you purchase it on entry. This is a procedure which takes place at the airport during the point at which you produce your passport to customs. The forms are completed in the customs area and should be a fairly quick process.

The purchase of visas at the border are subject to the following prices (from January 2017 – subject to change):

• Single Entry : 50 US Dollars – If you only want to visit Zambia.
• Double / Multiple Entry: 80 USD – If you also want to visit Botswana or Zimbabwe (on safari or a boat trip).

6 Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

7 Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

8 Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

9 Your suitcase and hand luggage

We use many different airlines to Zambia, therefore it may vary how much baggage and hand luggage you can carry on the aircraft. Find more information about this on your ticket or contact us if you have any questions.

You and your travel companions should pack so that you can each get by with the contents from each other’s suitcases.

Make sure you have all the important items and information in your hand luggage: passport, visa, airfare, insurance, credit cards, money and prescriptions if necessary.  You should carry information about your specific health condition plus malaria pills, any lifesaving medication (diabetics), anything used to treat allergies or a sudden stomach upset (maybe Imodium) and analgesic aspirin should all be kept accessible to you. Any expensive electrical equipment, such as a camera or computer should be well looked after.

The air-conditioning on board the aircraft can be cold, so maybe take a jacket inside your hand luggage.

10 Arrival / Departure

After passing through passport control, you will be greeted by a guide from BUSH TRACKS , which is our representative in Zambia. He will either stand with a sign displaying your name or a sign with our logo, which is a lion’s head. The guide will take you to the hotel and make an appointment with you in relation to when you will be picked up again for your return transfer . This transfer is included in your stay.

11 Currency

The local currency in Zambia is Kwacha (ZMW) and if you want the local currency, we recommend that you exchange once in Zambia rather than at home. If you use ZMW then try to use smaller amounts as the locals almost may struggle to exchange large notes.

We recommend that you use debit cards as they can be used anywhere, also to pay for room bill, additional excursions etc. US dollars can be used as a currency almost everywhere.

On arrival at Livingstone Airport is a Forex, where you can change money should you wish.

At the hotel it is also possible to change from USD to ZMW which has a mini bank (ATM) where you can withdraw ZMW. The hotel accepts payment in pound sterling, South African rand and euro, but prefers US dollars or credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express).

12 Tipping

Restaurants and hotels have generally included a charge of 10 percent of the bill. Therefor it is not really expected that you tip in Zambia. If during your stay there has been extraordinarily good treatment, and you wish to reward, it is perfectly acceptable to leave a tip. Both USD and ZMW accepted.

13 Information about the hotel

Zambezi Sun Hotel – Breakfast is included during your stay at the hotel. Other meals and drinks you pay for yourself whilst at the hotel.

The hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the falls. More information about the hotel can be found at: https://www.africasafari.co.uk/zambia/accommodation/accommodation-zambia.htm

14 Time difference

The time in Zambia is one hour ahead of the UK. During the winter months Zambia 2 hours ahead of UK time.

15 Mosquito Net

Mosquitoes appear when the sun goes down and the temperature drops. It is in the evenings, when most people get bitten, so it would be wise to wear long pants and maybe a long-sleeved shirt. It would also be wise to make sure any exposed parts of the body are protected with spray.

16 Luggage which is important to bring
  • Bright summer clothes for safari trips.
  • Nicer clothes for evenings at the hotel and lodge.
  • A good jacket, as it can be cool in the morning and evening.
  • Summer Footwear.
  • Power adaptor with 3-4 sockets – this enables a shaver, trimmer, electric toothbrush and any batteries to be charged via a single adapter.
17 Important items to have in your hand luggage
  • Passports, money, tickets
  • Hat that shields against the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • A mosquito repellant
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Medication you use at home (always in your hand luggage, just in case you lose your suitcase!)
  • Hand Medicine: analgesic, allergy pills, remedy for diarrhea (maybe Imodium), malaria pills, plasters and disinfectant wipes
  • Nail clippers and file
  • Camera and memory cards more than you expect to use, plus battery charger and protective cover for your camera.
  • Shoulder bag with sturdy strap/zips or money belt that has good inside pockets that can be zipped up.
  • A few photocopies of all personal documents such as passports, visas, flight details, travel insurance, vaccination card, international debit cards, (Master Card, Visa credit cards etc.) driving license and any other important documents keeping everything together for possibly sharing with other passengers.
  • Telephone list for immediate blocking of lost debit card and insurance or the like.
  • Any mail addresses for those you wish to send postcards too.
  • Notebook and pens.
  • A good book or something to keep you entertained on the flight.
18 Things to avoid during your trip
  • Do not drink water from the taps – buy bottled water.
  • Keep away from people who cough and sneeze.
  • Never take medicine which is not that of your own. Take caution when buying prescribed medicine. The medicine may not be exactly what it says it is on the packaging.
  • Try to avoid the use of needles at hospitals or clinics (some tourists take their own syringes bought from pharmacies, just for safety reasons)
  • Try and avoid trips to the dentist.
  • Be sure to take care of your own safety at all times.
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