Time zone


GMT + 2 hours.



The official language is English, but there are over 70 recognised regional languages including Nyanja and Bemba.

Money matters

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 camp.



Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:
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 vaccination. 



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.


Additional information

Luggage is restricted to 15kg in a soft-sided bag, per person.