Useful information before visiting Zambia

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Best time to visit

Following weather trends is crucial while visiting Africa, especially if you want to go on a safari.

The winter months of June to October are the best months to visit Zambia for a safari. Winter offers a beautiful sky, plenty of sunshine, and very little rain in Zambia.

Because of the rain, November, April, and May are termed shoulder months. But it’s still a great time to go game viewing, and it’s also the ideal time to save money because many lodges have specials (although some very remote camps do close during the rainy season).

If your primary purpose is to visit Victoria Falls, December is the rainiest month, causing the falls to be fully flooded and possibly the most stunning time to see them.

What to expect

Language: Zambia’s official language is English. However, Bantu languages are the most frequently spoken across the country.

Currency: Official Zambian currency is kwacha (ZMK or ZMW). 1 USD is equivalent to 17.17 ZMK (2022)

Credit Cards & ATMs: Although not widely accepted, credit cards are accepted in some stores, restaurants, and upmarket lodges and hotels. If you pay with a credit card, there’s a strong possibility you’ll be charged a fee of 4-7 percent of the total value. It’s also worth mentioning that each transaction will require a PIN authorization. Because cash is king in Zambia, you’ll almost certainly need an ATM throughout your trip. Although US dollars are generally accepted, ATMs situated at banks in cities and bigger towns can help you out if you run out of cash.

Plugs: Zambia uses type C, D, and G plugs, with a standard voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz. I propose investing in a universal adapter (surge protection) and utilizing a converter for hairdryers and other hot instruments.

Safety: Zambia is a reasonably secure location, with con artists and petty thievery being the primary concerns. You should have no troubles throughout your stay if you are sensible and aware of your surroundings.