It’s home to the infamous Smoke that Thunders, the natural wonder that draws travellers from far and wide…

You may have seen the pictures or read its dimensions, but nothing can describe the mighty Victoria Falls. Locals call it the Smoke that Thunders, and it’s one of the greatest sites in Africa. It’s this experience, together with African safari drives and beautiful nature walks, that make Zambia a dream-getaway. Watch the elephants at the Zambezi National Park, or take a luxury cruise down the Zambezi River – there’s really no better way to experience this stunning country. 

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Zambian visas are required by most nationalities, including from the EU, US and Australia. All nationalities should check with their nearest Zambian Embassy for more information. For most nationalities, Zambian visas are available at the point of entry. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you will need US$ cash.

In addition to the normal visa as listed above there is also the option to obtain the “KAZA Univisa”, which allows visa holders to cross between Zambia and Zimbabwe (only) multiple times within its validity of 30 days. This visa is only available on the following border crossing points/airports;
Zimbabwe: Harare International Airport, Victoria Falls International Airport, Kazungula border crossing, Victoria Falls border crossing
Zambia: Livingstone International Airport, Lusaka International Airport, Kazungula border crossing, Victoria Falls border crossing
Please note that at this stage this visa is not available at any other border crossing, including the border crossings from Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.
The cost is approx. US$50 and is payable in cash upon arrival at immigration, and is available to passport holders of the following nationalities: Australia, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA. Please check eligibility with your local embassy if your nationality is not listed above or visit

Tipping is generally expected of travellers while in Zambia. Where the restaurant hasn’t already added a surcharge to the bill, add about 10%. It’s also recommended that you tip your drivers, porters and rangers as the Zambians tend to earn a low wage. 

You’ll find internet cafes at major cities but there is little to no internet service outside these areas. 

You’ll have good coverage in big cities but service is unreliable in rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Zambia has Western-style toilets in restaurants, hotels and the like, but squat toilets in rural and remote places. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Can of soft drink = 2,000 ZMK
  • Street food snack or light meal = 1,000-5,000 ZMK
  • Bottle of beer = 4500-7500 ZMK
  • Lunch in a western-style café = 40,000 ZMK

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Zambia. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you. 

You may be able to use your credit card at some high-end hotels, restaurants and tourist establishments but expect to pay cash when making purchases from most local businesses. 

You’ll have no trouble finding ATMs in big cities, however they are far less common outside these areas. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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