OPEN 01 April CLOSED 30 November
Here is some general information on what to bring on safari as well as what to expect with regards to money, local conditions, visas etc.
South African Airways have several daily flights form Johannesburg to Lusaka. Emirates is flying daily from Dubai. Turkish Airlines are flying from Istanbul. Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Abeba, Kenya Airways from Nairobi, RwandAir from Kigali, Air Namibia from Windhoek. From Lusaka there are scheduled flights to Jeki airstrip with Proflight or charter airlines which will connect to any international flight arriving before 15h30 in Lusaka. Later international arrivals will not work because it is too late.
On arrival into Zambia you will enter through Lusaka, Livingstone or Mfuwe (South Luangwa NP). Visas are required by nationals of most foreign countries and this information can be obtained from your nearest Zambian Embassy/Consulate. The current Zambian visa rates are $50 for single entry and $80 for double entry. It is always best to be prepared. Also, 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, (departure tax does not apply at Jeki airstrip). Prices are subject to change, please contact us for updated information.
Zambia is regarded as a malarial area and therefore proper prevention, by way of malaria prophylaxis is recommended. There are many different strains of Malaria requiring specific drugs. Please consult your doctor for the right prophylactic (anti Malarial) drugs. You may also require proof of Yellow Fever and other vaccinations, so please make sure these are up to date - consult your travel agent for details. Guest safety is a priority at Sausage Tree Camp. All guides have advanced first aid training and the camp has a full medical kit on hand.
The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency. The US dollar is the most commonly accepted foreign currency within Zambia. Credit cards are readily accepted within Lusaka and Livingstone. However, outside these areas it is best to use cash and/or travellers cheques.
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.
It is highly recommended that all travellers to Zambia take out full comprehensive travel insurance. This should cover things like last minute cancellation fees, medical evacuation, hospitalization and repatriation to your home country.
Your African safari will provide many opportunities to capture exotic scenery and wildlife on film. How you choose to do this of course depends on your budget and ability. Ideally an SLR camera body with 3 lenses - wide angle (14mm-28mm), medium zoom (35mm - 105mm) and a "bazooka" (300mm-600mm). Also, a happy snappy, with a 35mm and up to 105mm zoom lens can be very handy to carry at all times, to capture the special spur of the moment events.
Lower Zambezi's location has a hot climate with a distinct wet and dry season and resonably uniform temperatures nearly year-round. However, it gets quite cold at night in the dry season, from May to August and during those months extra jerseys and fleeces are very neccessary. Average temperatures below:
Min 13ºC ~ Max 28ºC
Min 20ºC ~ Max 33ºC
PMT - passport, money, tickets! And yourself of course!!
What to pack:
Earthy tones suit bush activities best, and soft baggage is required for light aircraft flights (maximum 12 kg). We have a daily laundry service, so there is no need to over pack!
4 x long and/or short sleeved shirts (day/night)
2 x T- shirts
3 x long trousers/pants (day/night)
2 x shorts
4 x socks (day/night 1 x casual footwear/Teva's
1 x good quality walking shoes/boots
1 x warm windproof jacket for early morning and night drives
1 x warm jumper/jersey for dining at night
Don't forget your knickers and PJ's
Adaptor (Three pin square British style plug is used in Zambia)
Personal first aid and medication kit
Camera/video camera, extra batteries, heaps of memory cards / film and charging devices