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QUICK FACTS

  • Arrival by Rail

  • There are two points of entry into Zambia. One is via the Tazara line from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which only goes as far as Kapiri Mposhi. From there, one can change trains (and stations) for the journey to Lusaka. There are two trains a week running in each direction. The schedules are unreliable and should be confirmed prior to travel. First second and third class (not recommended) are offered. Dining is not available and very often neither is water. Expect full immigration and customs checks when crossing the border. The other line is from Zimbabwe, via Victoria Falls town to Livingstone. Trains run every second day from Livingstone to Lusaka.
  • Arrival by Road

  • Zambia can be entered by road from Congo D.R, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia. : All road borders are open 24 hours a day except for Chembe, Kazungula, Kariba and Chirundu, which are open from 06h00 to 18h00. Victoria Falls Bridge is open untill 20h00.
  • Arrival by Water

  • The only water access to Zambia is on Lake Tanganyika . The MV Liemba, one of the world’s oldest operating steam ships, runs scheduled services from Bujumbura in Burundi, via Kigoma in Tanzania and docks at Mpulungu in Zambia. The ferry takes vehicles, cargo and passenger in first, second and third class (not recommended). Compartments and meals are available. Delays of up to twenty four hours are possible.
  • Banks

  • Operational hours are 0815 to 1430 hours Mondays through to Fridays and 0815 to 1030 hours on 1st and last Saturdays of the month.
  • Business hours

  • Government offices are open from 08h00 to 17h00, Monday to Friday. Closed from 13h00 to 14h00.
    Bank hours vary from bank to bank but most are open from 08h30 - 14h30 Monday to Friday. Only some are open on Saturdays.
    Shops are generally open from 08h00 to 17h00, Monday to Friday although some stay open until 19h00 and on Saturdays from 08h00 to 13h00 although some stay open til 17h00.
  • Climate

  • Zambia has three distinct seasons. December to April: warm and wet, May to August: cool and dry. September to November: hot and dry. Average temperatures in Summer range from 25° C to 35° C and in winter from 6° C to 24° C.
  • Currency

  • The Kwacha has denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10 000, 20 000 and 50 000 kwacha notes.
    As of October 2006 US$1 = K3845 but this rate fluctuates regularly and sometimes quite dramatically.
    Click here for the latest currency exchange rate

    Basing the exchange on K4300 (though it fluctuates often so check the rate today) - this is a handy guide to what your money is worth
  • $10 = K43 000
    $50 = K215,000
    $100 = K43,000
  • Currency regulations

  • There is no limit to the importation of foreign currency, provided it is declared on arrival through a currency declaration form.
  • Credit Cards

  • Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards. Most of the bigger banks will advance local currency against a credit card. Standard Chartered, Stanbic and Barclays Banks have ATM's which accept Visa cards for cash.
  • Chemists / pharmacies

  • Travellers should carry an adequate supply of their prescribed medicines with them although chemists in the major centres now carry a wide range of medicines and first aid accessories.. There are some emergency chemists open after hours or Sundays in Lusaka.
  • Clubs

  • There are a limited number of sporting and social clubs in the major towns. Visitors are usually welcomed. Some charge a temporary membership fee.
  • Communications

  • Postal services are fairly well organised in Zambia and you should have no problem sending or receiving letters. Telegrams are less certain. There are two commercial Internet servers in Lusaka and another on the Copperbelt.
  • E-mail: There are several Internet Cafes in Livingstone and Lusaka and time on line is very reasonable. A popular one in Lusaka is at the Kilimanjaro Coffee shop at the Manda Hill Shopping Centre with several computers, a hotspot connections and great food!. Arcades shopping centre also has a large Internet Centre and there are several in Cairo Rd.

    Internet Service Providers are Zamnet, Coppernet, Zamtel, Microlink, Iconnect, Africonnectand most offer broadband or dial up connections now.
  • Public telephones are available in most public buildings, ie. post offices, and most use tokens. International calls can also be made from a private home or large hotel. (Note the surcharge at hotels is quite high). Direct dialling to neighbouring countries requires 4 sets of numbers: first the international prefix 00, then the country code, the city code, then the number. Incoming calls usually cost less than outgoing calls from Zambia. To book an operator assisted international call, dial 090 or 093. Local directory assistance is 103. There are secretarial services along Cairo Rd in Lusaka that offer telephone, fax and telex and email facilities for a fee.
  • Customs

  • Travellers may, for their own consumption, import 2.5 litres of duty free beer, wine or spirits and 400 cigarettes or 500gms of tobacco.
  • Coach travel

  • There are buses from Dar es Salaam and Mbeya in Tanzania, to the Copperbelt and Lusaka, as well as from Lilongwe and Harare to Lusaka. Other privately owned companies run domestic services over a number of routes There is a bus terminus behind Shoprite supermarket in Cairo Rd.
  • Car Hire

  • There are many car hire companies in Lusaka and a few in Ndola, offering a small range of vehicles. Some offer a flat weekly rate, but most charge a daily rate plus mileage, insurance and petrol. Most cars come with a chauffeur and are thus expensive. See Car Hire Companies for Rates.
  • Domestic Air Services

  • Currently there are scheduled flights available to Chipata, Kitwe, Livingstone, Mfuwe and Ndola.
  • Zambian Airwaysflies to Livingstone, Mfuwe (South Luangwa), Victoria Falls and any charter flights
    Proflight flies to Mfuwe (South Luangwa) and Livingstone and charters.
  • Various air charter companies will fly to any of the many airstrips around the country and most of the areas worth visiting are accessible by air.
  • Departure Tax

  • Departure tax is at airports is US$25 (international) and $8 (domestic), payable in hard currency. Travellers cheques are not acceptable.
  • Most tickets issued are now inclusive of departure tax. You should check this when buying your ticket.
  • Drivers Licence

  • Visiting drivers must hold an International Drivers Licence. Drivers licences from other countries are not valid except SADC countries. New residents are required to pass a driving test. A person driving into the country on business can have their car admitted without having to pay duty, provided they will not use it for hire or commercial purposes. They will also have to show that the car is owned by themselves or by their company.
  • Duty Free

  • The following items may be imported into Zambia without incurring customs duty:
    400 cigarettes or 500g of tobacco; One bottle of spirits and wine and 2.5 litres of beer (opened); 1oz bottle of perfume.
    Note: Souvenirs may be exported without restriction but game trophies such as tooth, bone, horn, shell, claw, skin, hair, feather or other durable items are subject to export permits.
  • Emergency Numbers
    • · Emergency – 999
    • · Police – 991
    • · Lusaka, Central police station, – 220006
    • · Lusaka, Central Fire station, 220180
    • · Lusaka, Ambulance service – 220180
    • · National telephone operator – 100
    • · National directory – 102
    • · International operator - 090
    • · Ambulance - 991
    • · Fire brigade – 993
    • · Hospital UTH - Lusaka
      - General Line 251200
      - Casualty Direct Line254115
    • · Livingstone Central police 03 323575/320116
    • · Livingstone Fire station- 03 324043

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