English is the official language of Zambia, although there are 72 different ethnic groups in the country, most of which speak bantu languages.
The national currency is the Kwacha, which is made up of100 Ngwee. The easiest currencies to convert are US dollar, GB Pound and Euros. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, bureaux de change and authorized hotels.
Banking hours are usually from Monday to Friday 08h30 to 15h30
and Saturdays 08h30 to 11h30
ATMs will accept most visa cards, and most credit cards can be used in accommodating lodges and hotels
There is WIFI available at most lodges and hotels, however some are located in remote areas that will not be covered by internet or cellphone reception. SIM cards can be purchased in most shops. The main mobile operators are Airtel, MTN and Zamtel.
The dialing code for Zambia is +260.
Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. One hour ahead of Central European Time. Seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time. Ten hours ahead of Western USA time
Zambia has decent medical care in Livingstone and Lusaka. Yellow fever is low risk in certain areas at certain times of year, therefore a vaccination and certificate is advised. It is recommended that visitors begin a course of anti-malaria tablets prior to entering the country. It is advisable to keep your valuables locked away or on your person.
Zambia is making use of the KAZA UNIVISA which can be purchased on arrival in Lusaka or Livingstone. This will travelers to travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe with ease.
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Electricity is supplied at 230V and there are charging facilities in almost every lodge and hotel. Most will also have international adaptors, however it is wise to travel with one incase. There are several shops in Lusaka, Livingstone and other small towns where basic commodities can be obtained.