Zambia falls within a malarial high risk zone, and whilst you may not come into contact with mosquitoes in the higher areas or during the dry season, it is essential to take malarial prophylactics before, during and after your Zambia safari.

Visitors to Zambia do not require yellow fever immunisation, unless you are planning to travel to the north or west of the country.

Vaccinations against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A and B are not required, but are definitely a good idea.

Do not swim in dams or rivers – some are homes to large populations of crocodiles, and others harbour bilharzia.

There are good medical facilities in Lusaka and Livingstone, but pharmacies and medical care are limited elsewhere. We recommend that you bring any necessary medication with you, and travel with a small first aid kit.

Doctors and hospitals often require immediate cash payment for treatment, (most take credit cards), and therefore it is essential that you have medical insurance for the duration of your safari. Your travel insurance policy should cover you for repatriation to your home country.


Tap water is usually fine to drink, but bottled water is available from most hotels and lodges if you prefer.

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