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Discover Zambia on an African riding adventure

A landlocked country in Southern Africa, Zambia is the land of the legendary African safari, home to Victoria Falls and the Zambezi river. Its raw wilderness provides shelter to an abundance of wildlife and the wide range of outdoor pursuits that are available make this an ideal holiday destination. Join a riding safari in private conservancies and extend your trip with a visit to Vic Falls (and, for the brave, a plunge into the Devil’s pool!) or a paddle down the Zambezi… To name just a few options. Blessed with vast open spaces and relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Zambia offers an authentic immersion into “real Africa”.
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    This holiday is suitable for non-riders, offering multiple activities like walking safaris!

Visa & Health

Formalities

For UK citizens, a passport and a visa are required.
Single and double entry visit visas are available on arrival at all ports of entry, but multi-entry visas are not. If you plan to get a visa on arrival, make sure you have the correct amount of cash (US dollars) as change may not be available. If you enter through Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, you can make payment for single and double entry visas via credit or debit card at the Zambian Immigration desks.

For US citizens, a passport and visa are required to enter Zambia. Passports must be valid for at least six months upon arrival and have at least three blank pages upon each entry.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Zambia and have 2 blank pages.

Tourist visas on arrival allow the visitor to stay for a maximum of 90 days. Although it is useful for last-minute trips, there are several drawbacks to the Zambian visa on arrival service. It means spending a lot of time standing in line at immigration control before finally being allowed to cross the border into Zambia. For these reasons, it is highly recommended to apply for a Zambia e-Visa beforehand, allowing time to resolve any rare issues and entering the country much quicker on arrival.

You should check your visa endorsement for the period of your stay in Zambia. Although you are allowed 90 days per calendar year, the immigration officer will not normally endorse the full length of time upon entry and you will be required to extend the stay at the nearest immigration office.

There is also a Security Charge payable by all departing air passengers. The cost is US$3 per person for domestic flights and US$5 per person for international flights. As above, this is normally included in the cost of an air ticket but you will be asked to pay separately in Zambian Kwacha if it is not.

There’s also another option, the KAZA UNIVISA which costs USD 50 and allows tourists to obtain one visa to visit both Zambia and Zimbabwe multiple times. The visa is valid up to 30 days in any given period of 12 months, as long as the holder remains within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers those who visit Botswana for day-trips through Kazungula Borders.

Other nationalities: please contact us.

Sources:

< https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/kaza-univisa/>

Health

Travellers should ideally arrange an appointment with their GP around five weeks before travelling. This appointment provides an opportunity to assess health risks taking into account a number of factors including destination, medical history, and planned activities. Your healthcare provider may also give you advice regarding food and water precautions. For those with pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is recommended.
Make sure to acquire appropriate travel insurance before you go.
Some prescribed and over the counter medicines available in your country may be considered controlled substances in Zambia and can’t be brought into the country without prior permission from Zambia’s Ministry of Health; if you arrive in Zambia without this permission and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed in the country and you may be prosecuted under Zambian law; if you are travelling with prescription medication make sure to carry a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a certain medical condition.
Medications containing diphenhydramine are regulated in Zambia.
The standard of medical facilities in Zambia is poor, especially in rural areas, usually medical supplies are limited and some prescription medicines may not be available. Know your blood type. Carry a sterile medical kit, including needles and dressings.
It’s important to know that most doctors and hospitals require up-front cash payment so make to have accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment.
In case of an emergency, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your travel company and your insurance assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Source: < https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zambia/health>

Voltage

In Zambia, power sockets provide a standard voltage of 230V with a standard frequency of 50Hz. The three usual plug types are C, D, and G. Taking a plug adaptor is advised.

Budget and money

The currency used in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha. It is divided into 100 ngwee.

Telephone and jetlag

Time zone: GMT +2
Phone code: +260

Country information

Country ID

Official Name: Republic of Zambia
Capital: Lusaka
Surface: 752,617 km2
Population: Total of 17,351,708 habitants in 2018
Ethnicities: About 90% of the population fall into 9 major ethno linguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, Tumbuka, Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Nkoya, and Lozi.
Language: English (official language), Bemba, Nyanja, among others.
Politics: Unitary presidential republic
President: Hakainde Hichilema

History

GDP: $75.857 billion
GDP per capita: $4,148
Main sectors of activity: copper mining and processing, construction, chemicals, textiles, among others.

Geography

Zambia takes its name from the Zambezi River, which rises in the north-west corner of the country and forms its southern boundary.
Zambia’s 752,000 square kilometres and it consists for the most part of a high plateau, with an average height of between 1060 and 1363 meters above sea level. Isolated mountain ridges rise to more than 1830 meters with an occasional peak above 2130 meters on the eastern border, called Nyika Plateau. Most of the country the surface tends to be flat, broken by small hills, the result of countless ages of undisturbed erosion of the underlying crystalline rocks.
With the exception of the Northern and Luapula Provinces which are part of the Congo DR basin, Zambia lies on the watershed between the Congo DR and Zambezi River systems. The three great natural lakes of the country, Bangweulu, Mweru and the southern end of Lake Tanganyika are all in the north and are part of the headwaters of the Zaire River. Lake Tanganyika is the second deepest natural lake in the world.

Zambia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with 44% of the population concentrated along the major transport corridors, while rural areas are sparsely populated.
Source: www.zambiatourism.com

People, culture and traditions

Although Zambia has less than 15 million habitants, it comprises a very broad and diverse group of races and ethnicities – around 73 distinct ethnic groups can be identified most oh which are Bantu-speaking. Zambia is also home to a small yet thriving Asian community, predominantly of Indian and Chinese origin.
This broad variety makes Zambia home to a vibrant mix of cultures, traditions, and people.
Zambia is one of the most highly urbanized countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with 44% of the population concentrated along the major transport corridors, while rural areas are sparsely populated.
There are more than 20 annual traditional ceremonies in Zambia, manifesting customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. One of the most famous occurs as the flood plain in the Upper Zambezi Valley rises, at the end of the rainy season (any time from February to May), a very famous festival called Kuomboka takes place. This festival celebrates the paddle from Lealui, the dry season settlement of the Litunga (Lozi king), to Limulunga the wet season settlement on higher ground. The Litunga travels on the Nalikwanda, a huge wooden canoe painted with black and white stripe. This canoe is paddled by around one hundred people, if not more. Each paddler wears a headdress of a scarlet beret with a piece of lion’s mane and a knee-length skirt of animal skins. The journey is characterized by ululating and by the sounds of the royal drum.
An interesting fact about this festival is that it has no set date as it is the Litunga that decides when the transition should occur. To declare his intent, he drums on the Maoma drums. This is to let the people know that the move is imminent and also to alert the royal paddlers to gather and prepare for the journey.
Aside from the very rich culture and traditions, Zambia is a place charged with amazing biodiversity, especially when it comes to birdlife.
To a large extent Zambia’s avifauna is that of the Central African Plateau. The vegetation is mainly miombo woodland, bisected by grassy dambos along drainage lines. In some areas the miombo woodland is replaced by other woodland types, dry forest or thicket. Along watercourses there may be riparian forest, or in wetter areas in the north, wet evergreen forest.
You may see species like the Shoebill, the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, the Great Snipe, and many others as so far 740 species have been recorded here.

Source: www.zambiatourism.com