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Last updated 15th January 2017

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BAREFOOT SAFARIS & Adventure Tours

Discover the Africa of your dreams on a Barefoot Safaris Adventure

Established 1992

Travel Advice for Zambia:

Zambia is a landlocked country surrounded by Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola.


Name: Republic of Zambia

Capital: Lusaka

Population: 11 million

Area: 752 614 sq. km

Time: 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time


Climate and Seasonality:

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 the cities in summer range from 25° C to 35° C and in winter from 6° C to 24° C.


What to pack:

Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses

Camera with waterproof/dustproof bag/cover

Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)

Malaria tablets (if applicable)

Warm Anorak or Parka and scarf / gloves for winter


Download Packing list in PDF


Health and Safety:

Zambia is a stable democracy; however, it is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world. We advise that you ask your Barefoot guide, Tourist Information Officers, camp/lodge and hotel staff and local residents about areas to avoid.


Safaris camps and  hotels/lodges  in Zambia are situated in malaria-risk areas; please consult your medical practitioner regarding any anti-malarial. Please check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the health regulations of the country you are visiting.


Passports and Visas:

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).


Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing on safari.


Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Those nationalities that require visas to enter Zambia may have to apply for these in advance; however, some nationalities are able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. Costs also vary depending on the nationality of your passport so please contact your travel consultant for exact details relevant to you. Visit the following website for additional information – Barefoot Safaris is not responsible for the content thereof:


Banks and Foreign Exchange:

Zambia banks, as well as most safari camps, only accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rand in cash. Travellers’ Cheque in any of the above currencies are also acceptable. MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted throughout Zambia, but Diner’s Club and American Express are not. The currency is the Kwacha (KR), however US Dollars are accepted widely.



Over 72 African dialects are spoken in Zambia; however, the official language is English.


Recommended Reading:

We recommend the following books specific to the Zambian region:

Zambezi - The River of the Gods - Jan & Fiona Teede

African Thunder: The Victoria Falls - Jan & Fiona Teede

Zambia - the Bradt Travel Guide - Chris McIntyre

Birds of Africa south of the Sahara - Ian Sinclair, Peter Ryan

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals - Jonathan Kingdon

Trees & Shrubs of Miombo Woodland  -  Paul Smith, Quentin Allen

Common Birds of Zambia  -  Zambian Ornithological Society

Important Bird Areas in Zambia - Peter Leonard

Africa House - Christina Lamb

Victoria Falls: The Insider’s Guide - Ian Michler

Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa - Chris & Tilde Stuart

Zambia Then and Now - William Grant

Suggested Trip Dossiers


Zambia & Botswana: Continent of Africa

15 days Land Only (732) (ZB)


Zambia: Unspoiled Eden

15 days Land Only (733) (ZA)


Zambia Wildlife

12 Days Land Only (966) (ZW)


Zambia & Botswana: Wild West

22 Days Land Only (927) (LP)


Luangwa & Victoria Falls

8 Days Land Only (TD3000f_VF) (VF)

VF Map





Zambia’s National parks

Moto Moto Museum




African Proverbs

“The Axe forgets but not the tree”

“The man who wanted to gather too much honey was stung by the bees”

To think secretly is like the journey of a dog

Be on good terms with those you leave, because it is night where you are going

“The animal that has mud on its hooves is assumed to have been to the water hole

“A child who does not cry will die on its mother’s back



















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