Traveling Luck for Zambia
Zambia is located in Southern Africa, east of Angola.
Land in Zambia is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains.
Zambian land covers an area of 752614 square kilometers which is slightly larger than Texas
As for the Zambian climate; tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April).
Zambian(s) speak English (official), major vernaculars - Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about 70 other indigenous languages.
Places of note in Zambia
Zambian Clickable Map
Regions of Zambia
The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. The new president launched an anti-corruption campaign in 2002, which resulted in the prosecution of former President Frederick CHILUBA and some officials of his administration.
Despite progress in privatization and budgetary reform, Zambia's economic growth remains somewhat below the 6%-7% needed to reduce poverty significantly. Privatization of government-owned copper mines relieved the government from covering mammoth losses generated by the industry and greatly improved the chances for copper mining to return to profitability and spur economic growth. Copper output has increased steadily since 2004, due to higher copper prices and the opening of new mines. The maize harvest was again good in 2005, helping boost GDP and agricultural exports. Cooperation continues with international bodies on programs to reduce poverty, including a new lending arrangement with the IMF in the second quarter of 2004. A tighter monetary policy will help cut inflation, but Zambia still has a serious problem with high public debt.
Zambian natural resources include copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower
landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe
Zambian religion is Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous beliefs 1%.
Natural hazards in Zambia include periodic drought, tropical storms (November to April).
- We advise against all but essential travel to the parts of the north western Copperbelt, Central and Luapula provinces, which are close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly after dark. There are continuing reports of armed cross-border raids from the DRC. You should also be aware of landmines in this area, and on the borders with Angola and Mozambique.
- The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
- Around 100,000 British tourists visit Zambia every year and most visits are trouble free, although armed robberies and car hijackings are on the increase. The main types of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Zambia are for stolen passports and drug and immigration offences.
- We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. Please see: Travel Insurance
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Zambia Country Profile
Avoid large crowds, demonstrations and obvious political gatherings. Trouble on the streets can be spontaneous. For example there are occasional student demonstrations, which can lead to violence, at the University of Zambia on the Great East Road, which is the main route to and from Lusaka International Airport.
There are continuing reports of armed cross-border raids from the DRC. These are often cattle or food raids, targeting border villages, but some have been attributed to the Congolese Mai Mai faction. Travel in the bush for hunting or prospecting along this border is not advised. The use of legitimate border crossings is safe, though Congolese officials may request payments.
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
The possession of pornographic material is illegal in Zambia and offenders may be jailed and/or deported.
Homosexuality is illegal in Zambia and those caught engaging in homosexual acts can be sentenced to several years’ imprisonment.
It is an offence to use a cellphone whilst driving.
The Zambian authorities do not always inform the British High Commission when British Nationals have been arrested. If you are detained, you may insist on your right to contact a British consular officer.
There is a special provision for day visitors coming across the border from Zimbabwe into Livingstone. They pay only a fee of US$10 for a "Day Tripper Visa" but they must exit Zambia on the same day before the border closes at 18:00 hours.
Zambia does not recognise dual nationality. So it is important to be able to produce a passport bearing the exit stamp from the country from which you have travelled.
Any non-Zambian national overstaying their visa, not renewing their residence permit or working without a permit, including volunteer workers who should obtain business visas from the Zambian High Commission in London prior to departure or upon arrival in Lusaka, risk arrest, imprisonment and deportation. Agents claiming to be able to obtain residence and work permits from the Immigration Department for foreign nationals may be bogus and the documents they provide may be forged.
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration, please contact the Zambian representation in the UK.
HIV/AIDS affects a high proportion of the population and you should be particularly alert to the dangers of unprotected sex.
Outbreaks of cholera and dysentery are endemic and are especially prevalent during the rainy season (November-April). The border at Chiengi was closed by the Zambian Government after an outbreak of cholera in the area. It has since re-opened. Drinking water should be filtered and boiled or bought in brand bottles with unbroken seals. You should only eat food, which has been thoroughly cooked, and for which basic hygiene precautions have been taken. Food purchased from local street vendors may not meet adequate hygiene standards.
You should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up to date. For further information on health, check the Department of Health’s website at: www.dh.gov.uk
Long-term visitors and residents should register on arrival with the British High Commission in Lusaka.
ATMs are available within Lusaka and some of the major towns in Zambia. The major credit cards are increasingly accepted by the larger shops, hotels, restaurants and tour operators though paper rather than electronic transactions are the norm. You should ensure that credit cards are swiped no more than necessary and that all carbons are destroyed. In Lusaka you should use reputable banks and Bureaux de Change to exchange money or use ATMs, as counterfeit US$100 and Zambian Kwacha 50,000 notes are in circulation.