Destination Information for Zambia
Zambia is one of Africa’s favourite safari destinations. This landlocked country located in Southern Africa is home to a dense population of big game, who are found in the country’s 24 national parks and 34 game management areas, some of which rank among the best in the world.
Almost a third of the land in Zambia is dedicated to these reserves. Zambia also boasts one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, shared with neighbouring Zimbabwe. You can visit during the autumn harvest season of March to April, when the falls are at their fullest, and you will be awestruck by their power and by the stunning rainbows created by the water.
If you’re heading out on safari, it’s advisable to join an organised tour, although self-planned travel is possible too. You can travel by 4x4 or river safari, making your way in a canoe along the Zambezi River. There are plenty of good quality safari lodges and campsites available. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. Visitors tend to come here for restaurants and nightlife, although there is not much in the way of sightseeing. The Soweto Market is huge, and you’ll find everything from clothing to food and medicine. You can also visit the botanical gardens at the Munda Wanga Environmental Park, a peaceful retreat in this noisy, dusty city.
Many people come to Zambia for the festival culture, and there are many religious and traditional festivals that take place throughout the year. Kazanga, taking place in Kaoma, central Zambia, has been celebrated for over 500 years, and is considered to be the oldest celebration of music, dance and other cultural practices.
Updated Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements for South Africa
The Minister of Health for South Africa has announced that the requirement for a yellow fever (YF) vaccination certificate for travellers between Zambia and South Africa has been removed. This change came into effect on 31 January 2015.
The change to South Africa's certificate requirement follows an announcement at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Friday 30th January 2015, where a review of the YF risk in northwest Zambia indicated reconsideration of the requirement for YF vaccination for travellers to and from Zambia.
Advice for Travellers
The WHO certificate requirements for South Africa are:
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, from Eritrea, São Tomé and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travellers are advised to check the YF certificate requirement for all countries being visited/transited during travel.
Official notification by WHO of the change to the certificate requirement of South Africa and the risk of yellow fever in Zambia is awaited.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.