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GMT + 2 hours.
The official language is English, but there are over 70 recognised
regional languages including Nyanja and Bemba.
Zambia's currency is the kwacha. Notes come in the following
denominations: 20 (rarely used), 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000,
10,000, 20,000 and 50,000. There will be little access to ATMs or
banks while on safari. We suggest guests travel with some cash in
small denominations for tipping. USD, GBP and Euro are accepted -
however, change will be given in the local currency. All credit
cards, except for Diners and American Express, are accepted in
Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as
US $5-10 per couple per day for a guide
US $5-10 per couple per day for the camp staff box
passport & Visa information
For most passports, a visa is required. Please check with local
authorities for details. Two blank passport pages are required when
travelling to Southern Africa. Check the number of days given on
arrival at the immigration desk as there are steep fines for
overstaying the number of days given. Departure tax is dependent
upon which airline you are travelling with.
Zambia has three distinct seasons: the dry season (May to August),
when temperatures drop at night, but the landscape is green and
lush; the hot season (September to November), the best time to see
wildlife as flora is sparse; and the wet season (December to April)
which is ideal for bird-watching. October is the hottest month,
temperatures can reach over 40°C.
We advise all travellers to take precautions against malaria and
we recommend speaking with your GP or personal physician four to
six weeks before departure. The South African government requires
travellers going to Zambia and then returning to South Africa (even
if it is only in transit) to have a yellow fever
220 volts electricity is supplied. A silent packed generator is
available. From Sanctuary Zebra Plains power is supplied by solar
power for 12 volt lights in the rooms and main area and an invertor
with a 220 volts supply for charging camera batteries.
Clothing should be cool and comfortable, muted colours are the
most suitable while on safari. Jerseys and heavier jackets are
required for winter mornings and evenings. Long sleeves and
trousers are advised for mornings and evenings year round due to
mosquitoes. Sturdy shoes are essential, as are rafting sandals for
Victoria Falls excursions. All Sanctuary camps and lodges
offer a fully complementary laundry service.
Luggage is restricted to 15kg in a soft-sided bag, per person.