Details of up-to-date Immigration requirements will be sent to clients when booking.

The Zambian Kwacha is the local currency. It exchanges at around ZMW 11.3 to the US dollar, which is the most commonly accepted foreign currency within Zambia. Please note however that all US$ notes printed before 1997 (small heads) are not accepted by Zambian banks or companies. Credit cards are readily accepted in Lusaka and Livingstone. Outside of these areas, it is advisable to use traveller’s cheques and cash although the latter is preferable.

Malaria medication is recommended for all people traveling to Zambia as it is a malaria area. Check with your doctor for a suitable prophylactic. Yellow fever vaccination cards may be required so ensure that these are valid. Bring all prescription medication. The Hippo team is trained in First Aid and Trauma Recovery and carries First Aid equipment to ensure your safety at all times during your bush experience with us.

As of January 2007 departure tax is included in ticket fares for all international flights. Many internal and charter flights in Zambia only give a baggage allowance of 12 kg and only soft bags are allowed. Check with your charter company to confirm their baggage policy.

Travel insurance is recommended for all tourists to Zambia.

It is essential to bring all your personal requirements, such as medication and personal first aid, sunscreen, toiletries, mosquito and insect repellent, torch and batteries, camera and film if required, binoculars, reading and writing material. And don't forget your sunglasses.

Suggested Clothing

  • 4 x long and/or short sleeved shirts (day/night)
  • 4 x T- shirts
  • 3 x long trousers (day/night)
  • 2 x shorts
  • 4 x socks
  • 1 x casual footwear/sandals
  • 1 x good pair of walking shoes/boots
  • 1 x warm windproof jacket for early morning and night drives
  • 1-2 x warm jumper/jersey for the evenings
  • 1 x hat/cap
  • 1 x swimming costume

Full board clients should inform the lodge of any special dietary requirements or food allergies when booking