Travel information Zamibia

  • Capital: Lusaka
  • Official : English
  • Population: 13.5 Mio.
  • Surface: 752,614 km²

The official language is English. Furthermore a variety of African languages are spoken as well.


A yellow fever certificate is mandatory if you are traveling from an infected area. Vaccinations for cholera, tetanus and yellow fever are advised. Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country which include most of the good wildlife destinations. Take prophylactics two weeks before arrival and continue two weeks after leaving. Your chemist or doctor can advise you of the most suitable drug available as certain drugs lose their effectiveness. Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink. In the more remote areas always boil it first, except if you’re staying at a lodge or hotel where drinking water is boiled already. Bottled water is readily available in the bigger towns.


Zambia has mild winters and the summer days can get quite hot. Lightweight casual clothes can be worn all year round, with a jacket or jersey for early winter mornings and evenings. On safari keep clothes to a minimum and mostly of neutral coloring - khakis, browns and greens. A sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant are a must.


The official currency is the Kwacha (1 Kwacha = 100 Ngwee). US Dollars are widely accepted and prefered in lodges, safari camps, hotels and certain tourist attractions in Zambia. Visa is by far the preferred credit card in Zambia.

Travel health insurance

We highly recommend the conclusion of a travel health insurance.


Local current is 220v, 50 cycle AC.


Zambia is one hour ahead of Central European Time (MET), seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard time (EST) and ten hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Entry requirements

A visa is an endorsement on a visa form or in a valid passport of a foreigner granting such person authority to enter Zambia within a specific period upon examination by an immigration officer at the port of entry. The period of the stay in Zambia shall be determined by an immigration officer at the port of entry. The validity of the visa is NOT the period which the holder is entitled to remain in the country but the period within which the holder has to enter Zambia. A valid passport is also required for the entry to Zambia.