Frequently Asked Questions About Zambia
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ZAMBIA?
Although Zambia lies in the tropics, the altitude of the plateau ensures that the climate is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. There are three seasons: the cool, dry winter season from May to September; the hot, dry season in October and November; and the warm, wet season from December to April. The drier, cooler winters are the most popular times, although the summer is an often-overlooked gem and boasts significantly lower rates.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE VICTORIA FALLS?
The Victoria Falls is spectacular between April and May after the rainy season but often the spray is so thick it is difficult to see the full width of the falls. To appreciate the magnificent rock formations and gorges, it is just as interesting to visit when the water is low at the end of the dry season from October to December.
CAN THE VICTORIA FALLS BE VIEWED FROM ZAMBIA?
The Victoria Falls is accessible from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are better known and most photographed from the Zimbabwean side but this is largely because visitors are unaware of the possibility of seeing them from Zambia, where there are less visitors.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT ZAMBIA?
Please check with your nearest Zambian consulate for up-to-date information. As a general guideline, all travellers need visas except: Nationals of Commonwealth Dependent and Associated states (with the exception of Gambia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and UK, who do need visas) Nationals of Fiji, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Tourists travelling on a package organised by a tour operator outside Zambia
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN ZAMBIA?
Zambia is an extremely safe destination. It has a stable government and the people are known for their friendliness.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE TRAVELLING TO ZAMBIA?
It is essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalisation, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage. When you travel with &Beyond, you are automatically covered by our emergency evacuation insurance. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you suffer either severe illness or injury. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please advise us of any existing conditions in advance in order to arrange cover, subject to our insurer’s approval. Please contact us for further details.
CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN ZAMBIA?
All major credit cards are accepted at hotels and shops. However, please note that certain lodges do not accept payment by Diners or American Express.
WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS FROM ZAMIBA?
Yes, but it is expensive. A direct international dialling service is available at the hotels in major towns. Top hotels and businesses have fax and e-mail services. Hotels add a substantial surcharge on all calls. Guests staying at private game lodges can communicate with the outside world via the Zambian telephone system or by satellite telephone.
ARE THERE SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
Zambia is a malaria area and the use of malaria prophylactics is highly recommended. Consult your medical practitioner when planning your trip. Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination.
IS THE TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK IN ZAMBIA?
It is recommended that you stick to bottled water or boil all water before drinking it.