Zambia is 2 hours ahead of GMT
Electric Power is 230V running at 50Hz. The plugs most commonly used are 3 pin, with square blades (UK type). Electricity is not readily available in many of the bush lodges and camps, and visitors should check where they can recharge batteries for cameras, videos etc.
Visas and Immigration
Most visitors to Zambia require visas, irrespective of nationality. There are a few exceptions and as visa requirements change fairly regularly, we advise that you check with your Consulate or Embassy.
All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure date. You may additionally be asked to show that you have sufficient funds to support your stay.
As Fish Eagle Safaris works closely with Zambian Tour operators registered with the Zambian National Tourist Board, we are able to waive visa requirements for the majority of our clients.
There are nearly 40,000km of highways in Zambia, although less than 20% are paved, and most of the paved roads are in poor condition. Whilst car rental if available in Lusaka and Ndola, most cars come with a driver and are therefore expensive.
Driving is on the left hand side and an International Driving Licence is recommended. During the rainy season most of the dirt roads are only passable with a 4x4. Petrol and diesel are obtainable in all major towns, but shortages are common in the remote areas. There are few petrol stations in game reserves.
We do not recommend Zambia as a self-drive destination during the rainy season.
Trains and Buses
Zambia’s main train line runs from Livingstone via Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka. There is a branch line to Kitwe. An express service operates between Livingstone and Lusaka 3 times a week.
Bus services operate fairly regularly between the major towns, however most are crowded and unreliable. There are plenty of taxis and minibuses in the towns but be sure to agree a price in advance.
Major international airlines service Lusaka and Livingstone airports. There are more than 100 runways in Zambia, although only 12 of these are tarred. Many domestic air services fly between the major tourist destinations. Fish Eagle Safaris will arrange all charter flights for our clients enjoying a Zambia safari.
A departure tax of US$20 is payable from Lusaka and Livingstone. A US$5 departure tax is levied on domestic flights.