Frequently Asked Questions
Zambia is located in the Northern part of the region referred to as Southern Africa and is comparatively large in size - about 750,000sq.km. Zambia has many National Parks and Game management areas that make up almost 50% of its total area.
The population of Zambia is roughly 10 million and about 10% of the people live in the country’s capital Lusaka. The official language in Zambia is English, the other main languages spoken are Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Bemba, Kaonde and Nyanja. The Zambian people are extremely friendly and treat visitors with warmth and hospitality
Park & Conservation
This is Zambia’s newest Park and covers about 4092 square km in area with 120 kms of Zambezi River frontage. Its distinguishing features are the rugged escarpment to the north, the river itself, and its numerous islands, lagoons and floodplains which attract most of the wildlife. The opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has subsequently issued a statement that all travellers from South Africa to Zambia and travellers from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of yellow fever vaccination. Previously, this was not required. All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of yellow fever vaccination. There seems to be some discrepancy on the date of inception of the above recommendations and we therefore encourage you advise your clients with immediate effect.
Zambia has three distinct seasons.
December to April: warm and wet,
May to August (winter): cool and dry.
September to November: hot and dry.
Average temperatures in summer range from 25° C to 38° C and in winter from 6° C to 24° C. The best time is mid season from June to September. Fishing is at its best in September / October.
There is minimal cell phone coverage in the Valley, but Mvuu has a cell phone booster and you can get good reception at the lodge.
It is best for you to check with your local Zambian Embassy to obtain the most current visa information. Most foreign nationals are required to purchase a visa, preferably prior to arrival in Zambia. However if you are traveling on a pre-arranged trip, visa fees are waived – your tour operator can arrange this exemption.
Length of Stay
You can stay as long as you wish but to take full advantage of everything on offer we do recommend a minimum of 4-5 nights.
What to Pack
- Comfortable casual clothing is best and suitable throughout the year.
- Khaki, brown, green and beige colors are very practical for the bush environment.
- Cool, light clothing for the hot summer months and don’t forget your swimwear to cool of in the pool
- Wind-proof, warm jacket for mornings & evening game drives
- Sweater or fleece for cool evenings in the camp.
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Comfortable walking shoes / boots as well as shoes suitable for boating are essential.
- Shirts with longs sleeves even in summer will protect you form the sun and from the mosquitoes.
- Light, compact raincoat during the rainy months
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera & extra film, batteries & charging devices & adaptor (three pin square British style plugs is used in Zambia).
- Insect repellent (with high DEET concentration)
- Personal first aid and medication kit (its good idea to pack something for constipation, heartburn, sunburn, topical antibio
Do Not Forget!
- Passport, money, tickets & yourself.
- A good backup is a photocopy of your passport photo page (in case of loss)
- Approx. 40 $1 dollar bills for miscellaneous tipping
- Accident, medical, baggage and cancellation insurance
For inoculations and other medications, you should speak to your doctor first.
Visitors should carry an adequate supply of personal medicines and first aid accessories with them, chemist are few and far between.
The Zambezi valley is a malaria area. Visitors are strongly advised to bring prophylactic medicines.
It is recommended to take malaria prophylactics before and after your visit to the Valley.
Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. Air travelers who only pass through the airports of such a zone are exempt from the requirement.
Don’t pack too much – laundry is available in the camp - and there is a strict 15kg limit for baggage on light planes
It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing in a soft bag rather than a suitcase. Soft bags are also essential on light planes.
Layers are most practical for the fluctuating day / night temperatures
The official currency is the Kwacha. It is fully tradable and there are no currency restrictions. Since the exchange rate varies so much, the US $ is used extensively in trade and most Government levies are also quoted in US $. Do not expect to be able to use credit cards extensively. Mvuu is also unable to accept credit cards in our camp or office in Pretoria.
A departure tax is required to be paid in US dollar cash at the time of departure from all main airports. International departure tax is $25 and domestic is $8. Prices are subject to change.
We have 220 – 240 volt and 12 volt charging facilities at the lodge.
Though not policy, it is customary for foreigners to leave a tip. A good rule of thumb is $5 - $10 per person per night for the camp staff. Tipping your safari guide is completely at your own discretion.