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 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.
• 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.
E-Visas are now available for travel to Zambia. Please visit http://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm for more information.
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 2015.
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 child.
- 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 officer:
- 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 complete.
For more information you are welcome to contact us or visit
http://www.intergate-immigration.com/blog/new-south-african-regulations-traveling-children/ or https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements
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. Do not drink or brush your teeth with tap water. Mineral water is available at our camps.
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.