Please Note: If at any stage you are traveling via air charters, you are usually only permitted 10kgs of luggage each. Unless extra is specifically pre-booked.
Laundry - most camps have a daily laundry service (included in the charge) which means whether you spend 2 or 3 nights in the same camp, you should be able to get your clothes washed, dried and ironed.
Shopping - You are unlikely to have any chance to buy anything apart from some local crafts on safari, so bring everything you need with you!
Batteries - Some camps have 220/240V electrical supplies for recharging video and digital camera batteries, but others do not. Either bring a good supply of batteries to keep you going at the camps where you can’t charge, or better, obtain a 12 volt charger which can be used from vehicles.
Money - If you are on a fully inclusive pre-paid safari you shouldn’t need much more than for bar bills, tips and souvenirs. US Dollars or Zambian Kwacha are the preferred currency. Other currencies are nearly impossible to use or exchange. If arriving at Lusaka airport, the bank agency changes money for kwacha quickly and at a good rate. You can usually even change back unused kwacha when you are leaving.
Credit Cards and Cashpoint machines - Credit cards are not accepted very widely in Zambia. None of the lodges mentioned in this site can accept them. This is because of the limited banking facilities in rural Zambia. Neither can you buy fuel with credit card. VISA cards (usually no other type) are accepted by major hotels, restaurants and big shops (including the chain of Shoprite supermarkets) in Lusaka, Livingstone and the Copperbelt, but expect a delay when paying. Barclays bank can give limited cash advances against cards, and Some ATMs (cashpoint machines) in towns will allow limited Zambian Kwacha withdrawal from foreign VISA cards only.
Whether flying or driving to Shoebill Island, these are some items which you will need to make your holiday enjoyable. Note that the list will depend on where and what time of year you are visiting.
- - Fleece / Windbreaker (Jackets in winter).
- - Long sleeve, light weight shirts for sun and insect protection.
- - Light longs or jeans for evening wear.
- - Light, quick dry clothing.
- - Hat / Cap and sunglasses.
- - A firm, closed footwear for walks, climbing hides etc. and for wearing at night
- - A sun hat
- - Sun cream (high factor)
- - Lip balm
- - Medicines including anti-malarials
- - Peaceful Sleep and antihistamine cream
- - Binoculars
- - Camera and memory cards
- - Torch and spare batteries
- - Passport with VISA, Tickets, vouchers
- - Enough Money preferably in US$ cash (or Zambian Kwacha )
As with most tropical countries, a visit to Zambia will require some precautionary inoculations, and perhaps most important of all anti-malarial Prophylaxis. You should get advice form your doctor on these as each person has different requirements. It is essential that you take out travel insurance or are fully covered by health insurance for evacuation and treatment in case or accident or sudden illness. The Kasanka Trust is registered with a Zambian Helathcare company who specialise in emergency evacuation and who can help arrange this should it become necessary.