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Inbound Zambia Flights

South African Airways fly daily flight form Johannesburg to Lusaka. Emirates fly daily from Dubai. Turkish Airlines from Istanbul. Ethiopian Airlines flies from Addis Ababa, Kenya Airways out of Nairobi, RwandAir departs Kigali, Air Namibia from Windhoek. From Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi - there are scheduled flights to Jeki airstrip with Proflight or charter airlines which connect to international flights arriving before 15h30 in Lusaka.


Passports & Immigration

You will enter Zambia through Lusaka, Livingstone or Mfuwe (South Luangwa NP). Visas are required by nationals of most foreign countries and this information can be obtained from your nearest Zambian Embassy/Consulate. Currently Zambian visa rates are $50 for single entry and $80 for double entry. It is always best to be prepared.
Click here to see the Zambia Immigration webpage for nationals that require visas issued in advance.

A departure tax is required in US dollar cash at the time of departure from all main airports. International departure tax is $25 and domestic $8, (departure tax does not apply at Jeki airstrip).

Prices are subject to change, please contact us for updated information.


Medical

Zambia is a malarial area and therefore malaria prophylaxis is recommended. There are many different strains of Malaria requiring different drugs. Consult your doctor for the correct prophylactic (anti Malarial) drugs. You may also require proof of Yellow Fever & other vaccinations, so make sure these are up to date - consult your travel agent for more details. Guest safety is our priority at Potato Bush Camp. All our guides hold advanced first aid training & the camp has a full medical kit on hand.


Money

Local currency is The Zambian Kwacha. US dollar is the most commonly accepted foreign currency in Zambia. Credit cards are readily accepted in Lusaka & Livingstone. However, outside of these it is best to use cash and/or travellers cheques.


Tipping

Though not madatory, it is the custom for foreigners to leave a tip. Generally $5 - $10 per person per night for the camp staff. Tipping your safari guide is at your own discretion.


Insurance

It is highly recommended that travellers to Zambia take out full comprehensive travel insurance. This should cover things such as last minute cancellation fees, medical evacuations, hospitalization & repatriation to the guests home country.


Photography & Cameras

Your safari will provide many opportunities to capture exotic scenery and wildlife on camera. Ideally an SLR camera body with 3 lenses - wide angle (14mm-28mm), medium zoom (35mm - 105mm) and a (300mm-600mm). Also, a more modest camera with a 35mm and up to 105mm zoom lens can be very convenient to carry to capture spur of the moment events.


Temperatures & Weather

Lower Zambezi has a hot climate with a distinct wet & dry seasons and resonably uniform temperatures nearly year-round. However, it does get quite cold at night in the dry season, May to August & during those months extra jerseys and fleeces are very neccessary - do not leave them behind. Average temperatures are shown below:

DRY SEASON

May
June & July
August
September
October

Min 13ºC ~ Max 28ºC
Min 10ºC ~ Max 25ºC
Min 12ºC ~ Max 28ºC
Min 16ºC ~ Max 32ºC
Min 20ºC ~ Max 34ºC

WET SEASON

November
December, January, February & March
April

Min 20ºC ~ Max 33ºC
camp closed

Min 16ºC ~ Max 29ºC

What to bring

What to pack:


Earthy tones suit bush activities best, and soft baggage is required for light aircraft flights (maximum 12 kg). We have a daily laundry service, so there is no need to over pack!
4 x long and/or short sleeved shirts (day/night)
2 x T- shirts
3 x long trousers/pants (day/night)
2 x shorts
4 x socks (day/night 1 x casual footwear/Teva's
1 x good quality walking shoes/boots
1 x warm windproof jacket for early morning and night drives
1 x warm jumper/jersey for dining at night
Underwear and sleeping clothing

Essentials:

Toiletries
Hat
Sunscreen
Torch
Adaptor (Three pin square British style plug is used in Zambia)
Personal first aid & medication
Camera/video camera, extra batteries, adequate memory cards / film & charging devices