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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.
• This information serves as a guide only. Travellers should
check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as
entry requirements can vary.
•Visas Not Required:
Foreigners from some Commonwealth countries are not required to
obtain visas for entering Zambia except in cases where Zambia
government has directed otherwise.
• Visas Required:
Foreigners from most Commonwealth and European Union countries, as
well as the United States, are required to obtain visas for
entering Zambia. Please visit http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm
for a full list of nationalities which require visas for entry.
Regulations for families travelling with children to and
from South Africa
The South African immigration department has expressed concern
about the growing issue of global child trafficking and announced
new requirements for adults travelling with children under the age
of 18, which will take effect from 1 June 2014.
Parents travelling with children would now be requested to
provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of
the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling
children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with
their children. When children are travelling with guardians,
these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents
proving permission for the children to travel. The above applies to
foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as
well as travellers in transit.
Below are the new South African immigration regulations
concerning travelling with children:
- Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must
produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the
particulars of the parents of the child.
- In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she
must produce an unabridged birth certificate as well as consent in
the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a
parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her
to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she
is travelling with.
- A court order granting full parental responsibilities and
rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she
is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or where applicable,
a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of
the child on the birth certificate.
Where the parents of the child are both deceased and the
child is travelling with a relative or another person related to
him or her or his or her parents:
- Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her
biological child, he or she must produce: a copy of the unabridged
birth certificate of the child.
- An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child
confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the
- Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or
legal guardian of the child.
- The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the
child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of
the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a
relative or another person related to him or her or his or her
parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the
Republic with such a child.
Where an unaccompanied minor is travelling he or she
will have to produce the following to the immigration
- Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or
legal guardian in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child
to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the
case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must
also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms
of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities
and rights in respect of the child.
- A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the
Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact
details in the Republic where the child will be residing.
- A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or
permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the
child in the Republic; and the contact details of the parents or
legal guardian of the child.
It is important for parents to note that unabridged birth
certificate applications can take anything from six to eight weeks to
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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. No vaccinations are
currently required for entry into Zambia, but if you are arriving
(or planning to re-enter) from a country where yellow fever is
endemic, then you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination.
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 vaccination. Do not drink or brush your
teeth with tap water. Mineral water is available at our
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 Retreats camps and
lodges offer a fully complimentary laundry service.
Maximum of 20kg of luggage per person is allowed for light
aircraft flights, including hand luggage and camera equipment. It
is important that you carry soft-sided bags. It is highly
recommended that you lock your luggage if you are travelling
through Southern Africa. It is also advisable that you do NOT pack
valuable items in your checked luggage.
TSA Bans Powerless Devices from Flights
According to recent rules issued by the US Transport Security
Administration (TSA), passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle
East and Africa to the US must be able to turn on their electronic
devices to prove they are genuine, "Powerless devices" -
cellphones and computers that cannot be turned on will not be
permitted on board the aircraft.
This was followed by an announcement by the UK Department for
Transport regarding stepping up some aviation security measures.
"In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out
of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices
in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to
bring the device onto the aircraft." According to Reuters,
TSA officials singled out smartphones, including the Apple iPhone
and Samsung Galaxy, for extra security checks on U.S.-bound flights
from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Guest Photo Album
We would like to give you the opportunity to preserve your
memories and favourite moments. Using easy and user-friendly
software, you will be able to create a personalised A4 / A3 hard
cover or digital photo book using your personal images combined
with stunning professional photographs. Just remember to take
lots of images while on safari. Once you've returned simply go to
where you will be able to create your very own book. Before you
know it, your photo book will be delivered to your door.
Recommended Reading Material
- Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris: with South
Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, & the
- The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals by
Richard D. Estes
- Adventuring in Southern Africa: The Great Safaris and Wildlife
Parks of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi,
Lesotho, and Swaziland Paperback by Allen Bechky
- Africa's Top Wildlife Countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia,
Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also
including Ethiopia, R. Congo, Mauritius, and Seychelles
Recommended Apps to Download
- African Safari Wildlife Guide
- The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals
- Audubon African Wildlife
- Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa
- Africa: Live App
- The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's App
- Wildlife of Southern Africa
- Africa - Animal Adventures for Kids
- Botswana Tourism Guide By Sarath Vella
- XE Currency
- Google Maps / Google Earth