A guide for the overseas self drive, self sufficient, vehicle dependent visitor in Africa

Don't take life seriously, because you can't make it out alive.
                               Warren Miller

November 7th- Zambia Slashed U.K. and USA Visa fees by over 1/2. Day Tripper passes(VF to Livingstone) reinstated at $20. Visa Waivers will not be reinstated.

Flights in and out of Livingstone Airport

Zambian Airways (All Operations suspended Jan 10, 2009)



Every day to Lusaka – 12.45.  Cost - about US$400 return, but specials are available

Proflight also goes to Ndola, Mfuwe and Solwezi


British Airways

Livingstone to Johannesburg

Mon – Fri at 11.05

Sat – 9.20


South African Airways

Livingstone to Johannesburg – 12.15 every day



This company has been closed down. 

Nov. 2009



They work with Wilderness Safaris to move their clients about Zambia and neighbouring countries.

Contact Nixon on 0977 640602


Ichobezi Air 

Service to Impalia Island


Zambezi Airlines

Scheduled flights Livingstone - Lusaka, also serving Kitwe, Ndola and Chipata

Plans to expand additional domestic flights and to Southern and Eastern Africa


1Time has announced that it will launch its flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone on November 26, 2009. The flights will initially operate four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.


To an African time is when an event starts.  “When is the bus leaving?”  Answer: “when it is full” or even “when it leaves”.  And before that - the bus is not due to go. So a white man will sit in the sun, look at his watch, getting hot and flustered,  the African will sit still, patient, probably not even thinking about time.  The time is when it starts. 

Safari Zambia - On Road and Offroad part 2

Campsites and Accomodations


*If you are in a GMA and stuck for a place to camp, consider asking permission to camp at a  

ZAWA post, if any are in the area. Anti poaching and game scouts can be very interesting company, and could have information about places to check out. You may even find yourself with a volunteer guide in the AM. Share a fire and food.


Southern Zambia 

          Livingstone Map
Livingstone Tourist Map 2008 by the Surveys Dept. - Kw30,000
Available at Mosi-O-Tunya Bldg, 2nd Flr, Old Wing, Rm 223

     * Free wireless internet connections in all the rooms             

Kazzmein Lodge & campsite   

Livingstone Bush Lodge & Campsite  

Maramba River Lodge     Campsite has reopened 2009

Taita Falcon Lodge    Peregrine campsite $10

Zambezi Waterfront     lots of overland trucks   

Bushbuck River House    camping by prior arrangement

            5 ensuite rooms available only- SC tents&studio

Jungle Junction  

Chapa Classic Lodge  (alt)  camping      

BushFront    Safari Par Excellence’s latest camp located 2 minutes away

             from the Waterfront. 13 chalets and camping area  

No Name Camp  camping/chalets

    15km from Livingstone on the Nakatindi Road(Shesheke).

Rapids 14 Campsite  aka Overland Missions Campsite  S17 58.626 E25 53.298

    follow the blue and white reflective signs, free Wifi, workshop

    incredible views over the gorge

Elite Apartments Self catering, free wireless internet

Fawlty Towers. 

Jollyboys Backpackers

Cholwe Backpackers and Campsite $5pp  

     S17.85733 E25.85550  coordinates not verified 

          Budget and Moderate Accomodations in Livingstone       

Fallsway Lodge - nr the Protea Hotel  no camping, self catering

Elite Apartments - self catering possible, no camping, wireless internet

Green Tree Lodge - off Kombe Rd. small guest house opened July 2008 has three chalets, a fourth one on the way and another two in the planning stage. swimming pool, a residents bar and restaurant.  It has a cosy atmosphere and is becoming increasingly popular.  The chalets are ensuite, with TV, tea/coffee facilities and fans.  Tel:  0213 322631 Cell 0977/0955 630159   

Zig Zag B&B      inexpensive ensuite rooms only  Wi-Fi              

Little Paradise Guest House

Inosben Lodge

Olga's    Comfortable inexpensive tents, free Wifi, Italian restaurant

Likute Guesthouse

Guestmate Inn


Lubamutu Guest House


Ngolide Lodge

Limbo Guest Lodge


Natural Mystic Lodge

Stone Guest House *******

Livingstone Holiday Guest House



Chapa Classic Lodge and Tours Guest   



Kays  Guest House

Lost Horizons   B&B  $50pp

Simonga Community Project - camping 16kms west of Livingstone

          More Livingstone Lodges and Guest Houses 


Some Livingstone accommodation pricing, websites and email addresses



If you have a notebook that is wireless enabled and want to check your e-mail or surf the Internet, go to the Wonderbake Bakery in the Main Road in town; they have a connection that is open to the public. It is said that there is WiFi in the Protea and Royal Livingstone Hotels.

Victoria Falls activities

See below and




Walking with Lions experience opened in Livingstone 20th December,  run by Lion Encounter in association with ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust), bookings to be done through Safari Par Excellence.The lions will be based up at Thorntree, next to where the Elephant Back Safaris are. The rate is $115pp ($10pp park fee to pay direct at the boma), no children under 15 yrs old allowed and clients must be over 1.5m in height.'


Royal Livingstone Express

    'Dinner excursion' Steam train- Four course dinner and excellent

    wines provided by Sun International's Royal Livingstone restaurant. 

    Hop a ride in a newly refurbished yellow Rolls Royce from

    Sun International to the Steam Train.   

New... "The Victoria Falls and Livingstone Steam Train" (VFLST) is operating from Victoria Falls station, running three times a week all year round.Steam Train operated by Safari Par Excellence, David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa - 1/09   Runs a short distance to the VF Bridge where people get off to view the Falls and the bridge. Approx. 40 minutes with snacks and drinks at the bridge before returning(on the initial run). The train is scheduled to depart at approximately 17:00, varying according to the time of the year. Locos being used include a 12th class and a class 14A Garratt.

Livingstone Royal Golf and County Club  open daily from 07:00 – 17:00 hours. Clubs are available for hire from the pro-shop at $10 per day. Green fees for SADC residents are $30 for 18 holes and $20 for 9 holes. Cadies are available, recommended minimum fee K10,000 for 9 holes and K15,000 for 18 holes.


Tour Livingstone in a Victorian horse drawn carriage

Zambezi River Taxi- You are collected at the airport on arrival and transported to the African Queen Royal Landing. The River Safaris boat will slowly meander its way down to the Royal Livingstone, where you will disembark. Luggage will be waiting. Operation depends on water levels. Closed October to February.

High Tea  at the Royal Livingstone Hotel 15:30 hrs onward - $17 pp 

**Mabula Game Farm Tour  Tour packages and rates pictures

   Eland Domestication Tour. Horse Trail, game drives, nature

   walk, birding waterhole hide. The boma has a bar,

   restaurant and swimming pool. Camping

    pictures Mabula Game    


Sporting Guns

           Clay Pigeon shooting at Vic Falls


Kayak the Zambezi


Surf the Zambezi


River Report 


Bushtracks Africa


           Victoria Falls Tiger Moth flights

           Zambezi Jet Boating

           Victoria Falls Microlighting

           Quad biking          


Abseil, Rap Jump, Gorge Swing, High Wire, Whoopie Slide 



Sky Dive


Zambezi Paintball


Bicycle Tours in and around Livingstone with Cliff Sitwala

              0978 171547


Canoe the Upper Zambezi


Wayi Wayi Art Gallery

home/studio/gallery of Agnes and Lawrence Yombwe. Apart from their paintings, Agnes dabbles in all sorts of other creative work.  Jewelry is one of her most popular creations - it can be found in several shops in town as well as at the Gallery.  She also likes to work with pieces of driftwood. Travelling up the Airport Road, about half a kilometre from Wasawange Bridge, you will see a sign for Wayi Wayi Art Gallery and Studio.  Take the left turn and travel along one of Livingstone’s sandy roads and you will come to Wayi Wayi. 30/07/08


The Livingstone Museum

Established in 1934, the Livingstone Museum is the largest of four national museums in Zambia.  It is a multidisciplinary museum, having collections and exhibitions in Archaeology, Ethnography, History, and various branches of Natural History, including Mammalogy, Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Herpetology and Botany.  It holds a vast archaeological collection among which is evidence from the biggest trade market in central Africa and mine findings of the Broken Hill Man, it also holds the main reference collection of the biodiversity of Zambia as well as a rich ethnographic collection dating back to the early 20th century. Furthermore, the Museum holds a vast collection of David Livingstone memorabilia, and has one of the oldest libraries in the country. Open everyday except Christmas and New Years. Entry fees non-residents- $5 children $2


The Lunar rainbow( moon bows) 19 hours and midnightthe views from the Victoria Falls

are phenomenal. Arrangements can be made through the National Heritage and

Conservation Commission office Livingstone. Or go on your own.

Remember: the rainbow is at it’s best when there is clear sky and a lot of spray from the falls.

Calendar 2009:
4 October
2 November
31 December

Calendar 2010:

30 Jan
28 Feb
30 March
28 April
27 May
26 June
26 July
24 August
23 September
23 October
21 November
21 December 
 later dates:
       use the day before, the full moon date and the day afterwards for
       Lunar rainbows. For the tour- in Livingstone or VF at 6:30PM.
       In the flood season it costs only R12 more than your day fee to
       see the moon rainbows from the Zambian side. On the Zimbabwe
       side you have to pay to get into the park again, even if you were
       there earlier in the day, and it costs R180!
Why is it better to visit the Falls from the Zambia side?

90% of the Victoria Falls are in Zambia.

The Falls are higher on the Zambian side (70m on the Zimbabwe side "Devils Cataract" reaching up to 110m at the Main Falls which is on the Zambian side. (In fact this is the location of the second highest bungi jump in the world)

 On the Zambian side you can walk over the knife edge bridge a small foot bridge, 30m from the falls and at high water, it is possible to view a complete rainbow circle. There is no equivalent on the other side. Zimbabwe has some good viewing spots but when the river is in flood you are not closer than on the Zambian side. The noise, the spray the thunder this is truly unique. (Why not sleep under the spray of the falls only at Livingstone Island?) On the Zambian side you can walk to the bottom of the gorge close to the Falls into the boiling point where the Zambian Rafting starts. This is directly below the Falls! And if you are into rafting you start above Rapid Number 1 . In Zimbabwe you can only start at Rapid Number 3.

Viewing the Falls from the air; Livingstone Airport is 5 minutes flying from the Falls whereas Victoria Falls airport is 12 minutes from the falls.

The Zambian side offers Lunch on Livingstone island, with the water of the falls rushing over either sides of the island, you can have a Champagne lunch on the edge of the Falls. There is no equivalent in Zimbabwe.

The Zambian Falls has its own curio market and refreshments shop within the entrance to the Royal Livingstone/Zambezi Sun. Whereas on the Zimbabwe side there are only street vendors outside the entrance.

Low water; Zambia has it's advantages, there are pools you can swim in right at the edge of the Falls on the Zambian side, On the Zimbabwe side as it is always high water there is no safe place to swim with either crocodiles or the current to contend with.

David Livingstone crept on his hands and knees, to the edge of the Falls and exclaimed "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight." Where did he do this? From Livingstone Island - the Zambian Island      
                   Lorenzo Giani of Sun International 
When the Zambezi is low, the Zambian side is very dry and it makes sense to pay more to see the falls in Zimbabwe from the Victoria Falls National Park. It’s well worth forking out The $$ to see the waterfall from both sides: It’s easy to simply walk across the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Musi-O-Tunya National Park is Zambia’s smallest park, but its biggest earner- all from Park Entrance Fees.  


Mini Market (tel: 03 320633) on MOT Road across from the post office stocks the best supply of  fresh fruits and  vegetables in addition to all the basics like eggs, milk, cheese, chickens, meats and dry goods.

Sun International Warehouse (2652 Linda Road, off MOT Road in the industrial area, beyond Zig Zag, tel: 03 324290), which stocks a wide range of imported goods – from wines and spirits to meat and dairy produce and many canned goods – all highly priced in US$ and some only in bulk.  CLOSED

Tunya Meats & Deli with an excellent selection of meats, poultry and pork, and biltong.

Shoprite-address list previous page closed due to fire

Spar - located in fairly new shopping center with chemist, Steers, Debonairs, etc. as entering Livingstone from Kazungula.


'Medical Care in Livingstone


Livingstone has a main hospital which is quite well-equipped but many people tend to go to private clinics/hospitals.  We have quite a range of clinics/hospitals and anyone visiting Livingstone, and in need to a doctor, should ask for recommendations from Livingstone folk as to where to go. 


I, personally, tend to go to Shafik’s Hospital as Dr Shafik and I have been friends for years and he has always treated me, my family and staff.  Dr Shafik’s specialty was surgery.  Many people go to Dr Sanjay who has recently built a new clinic.  But, I am sure, that many people do not know of Dr Shakanova Shamsieva who is running MedProf on Mushili Way.  Dr Shamsieva is a pediatrician by specialty which is a great boon for us in Livingstone.  She also likes to use homeopathy wherever possible. 


Finally, we have Specialty Emergency Services (SES) in Livingstone which runs an ambulance service for its members.  SES has an insurance scheme which covers various aspects of health care.  SES covers all tourists in Livingstone for companies which pay into the scheme.  It is worth checking out to see if, as a visitor, you are covered in case of emergencies with SES.  I know, for example, that Safari Par Excellence is covered for emergency evacuation to South Africa if there is an accident during rafting, or other activities.'  Editior of the Livingstone Weekly


L F Moore Chemists
Akapelwa St
; tel/fax: 03 321640. Located across from the High Court and bus depot, L F Moore was established in 1936 and remains the best-stocked chemist in town. Open Mon–Fri 08.00–12.30 and 14.00–18.00, Sat 08.00–13.00, Sun/public holidays 09.30–12.30.

Musamu Dispensing Chemist
Tel: 03 323226 or 095-832197 (after hours); email: Located by African Gifts/Zulunet on MOT Rd opposite Finance Bank. Open Mon–Fri 08.30–19.00; Sat 08.30–16.00, Sun 09.00–13.00.

Veternarian Clinic

  Animed clinic -across from Finta

    appointment= they maybe around on weekends

       Nyambe Mulemwa  0977 702884

       Dr Jackson Soko 0977 707820
Future Vic Falls Bridge Toll Gate? THE Zambia Railways (ZR) and its Zimbabwean counterpart have approached their respective governments to introduce a toll gate at Victoria Falls Bridge in Livingstone to raise revenue for the maintenance of the infrastructure. 
The Livingstone Traffic Police has acquired Radar (2008). The speed limit between the border and town is 65kms. You must have in your possession an International Drivers Licence, or a SADC countries licence(must say SADC on it) or Zambian License. One possible penalty for not having a valid licence would be to impound the vehicle. Reported 1/18/09 Speedtrap operating on the Kazungula Road in the Game Park near Thorntree. 78km/h garners a fine of K180,000- speed limit there is 65km  So sorry Gil

Livingstone-Lusaka Route


       Roadwork commences at the end of the rainy season 2008   Livingstone-Zimba

Currently, the ~80km drive takes about 2 hours, and the road is completely tore up. Sept. 20th 2008


Mabula Farm- camping adults $10 -  about 40km north of Livingstone, on the Lusaka Road, ~S17.554 E25.983… take a right … the farm is just a short distance off the road.  Here, the owners have changed the face of a farm … from one of tobacco and dairy cows to game farm and eland domestication. Mabula Farm covers an area of 1,600 hectares – bigger than Mosi-O-Tunya Game Park.  The whole area has been fenced and animals introduced.  They have zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, wildebeest, tsessebe, kudu, impala, puku, reedbuck, duiker, grysbok, steenbok, klipspringer, bushpig, warthog, porcupine, jackal …  There are no big cats. This project is one of a kind in Zambia. The great thing about eland is that they do not suffer from diseases which seem to be besetting cattle of the region and are relatively trouble-free maintenance-wise.  There is a new boma which overlooks a waterhole and open woodland. Eland Domestication Tour,

Horse Trail, game drives, nature walk, birding waterhole hide. The boma has a bar, restaurant and swimming pool – all rustic-looking.  Advance booking is essential. 0977 866517, 327495 or email    Tour packages and rates   pictures Mabula Game


Tiger Mile Lodge no camping 

The Moorings Campsite near Monze     

Gwembe Safari Lodge   Mambushi campsite  near Choma

Kozo Lodge no camping Choma

National Services campsite- unverified- b4 Kozo Lodge and b4 the RR crossing, turn left. Only couple hundred metres

Antioch Lodge Choma  ??

Masuku Lodge no camping near Choma

40 Winks Guest House   Mazabuku         no camping

Mazabuku Garden Hotel                             "     "

Zambia Sugar Guest House   Mazabuku    "     "

Lechwe Lodge  40 kms S. of Lusaka on Kafue Fisheries Game Farm chalets only

      Prebookings required>>>  

Otter Bay Lodge Kafue Gorge sc 


Zongwe Crocodile Farm Siazongwe

   Kariba Bush Club   camping $6/backpackers accommodations, chalets, houseboat

   Guest Houses sc


Community Levy – in route departing Livingstone kw5000



LZNP   outside the Park. We’re screwed in the sense that there is not any camping in the park. Visitors who have their own vehicles must return to the camps by nightfall (outside the park), and, therefore, cannot conduct night safaris on their own; neither may they leave the roads in search of game or walk in the park without the company of an armed wildlife guard. Although this seems like a minor complaint and the normal OP for Zambia parks, the best game viewing is actually at the east end of the park. Best normal game viewing times of day in that part of the park are not available to self drive due to the distance from park gates.


For the self drive visitor- I recommend visiting Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe everytime over LZNP. Mana Pools is one of the best parks in Africa, the friendliest hands down to the self drive (the exact opposite of LZNP). It is an easy border crossing into Zimbabwe, entirely safe access, inexpensive, uncrowded, friendly park staff, abundant wildlife viewing, and without a doubt, has always been one of the most memorable parks I visit each overland safari.


Zambia - Lower Zambezi Canoe Safaris

River Horse Safaris    

                   The Great Zambezi Canoe Safari - brochure

Zimbabwe Lower Zambezi Canoe Safaris

Steve Pope Safaris   semi-participatory camping/walking/canoe safaris

   Pictures by Steve Pope- Mana Pools   Lions on Bush walk  recommended

Natureways   recommended

Goliath Safaris -   recommended

Bushlife Safaris - Not recommended 

Kavingo Safaris - recommended


I posted this one for the Steve Pope because it so unique, inexpensive, and this is at one of my favorite game viewing sites in Africa. 

Mana Pools Chitake Springs Lion Encounter

2009 Scheduled Chitake Springs Tours

During this safari in a remote section of the park, Steve will teach you how the Chitake Lion pride (currently numbering 20+) became habituated to bush walks; the tactics used to locate and approach them;  and the methods used to control the encounter. You will be encountering herds of elephants and buffalo daily, among a wide variety of other wildlife, learn about the history of the ancient village residents; 10 ways to find your direction in the bush; some survival tips; tips on animal photography and Steve, a Trustee of a Zambezi Valley Conservation Trust, will discuss the effects of mass elephant culling and the damage to habitat due to lack of fire. You will be bush walking from the tented camp to track Lion and sitting in "hides" observing game near the Springs, the only source of water for a large concentration of wildlife in this isolated ecosystem.

For those without their own wheels, you can reach one of a couple pickup points via public transportation. For a group, transportation can be organised from Livingstone and Lusaka.

A Mana Pools canoe safari can be combined before or after the Chitake Springs safari.

This is a memory of a lifetime. The highlight of any safari in Africa. You will not have this experience at any other camp,  lodge or bush walking safari. An opportunity to camp and bushwalk where the Richardson's filmed their National Geographic documentary 'Living with Lions' with the same Chitake Springs pride of lions. There are no fences! Wildlife encounters are nearly assured day and night, nearby in the riverbed, on bushwalks and possibly at the campsite.

The best months for angling are September through to November and March through to June, however due to the high temperatures experienced in the Zambezi Valley, fishing is virtually a year round past-time! Look for bream, chessa, vundu (catfish) and Tiger fish.


Kwalata Bush Camp campsite along the Zambezi R.,

    45 km before the National Park in the GMA.

Wildtracks Lodge Campsite, sc chalets

Mvuu Lodge campsite  a rip-off at $20 pppn
                  with basic ablutions.

Munyemeshi Lodge  sc lodge

Chiawa Community Campsite near CLZ Hdqtrs and gate

Gwabi River Lodge 

         campsite@kw30,000 and internet

 Kafue River Pontoon pictures         

      Chongwe Falls- 

Kiambi Lower Zambezi campsite

M’saku – ‘Mbezi Lodge  sc lodge


Zambezi Breezers new campsite and lodge on the Zambezi - camping $7.50.  S15 59.112  E028 52.833    

       6 kms from Chirundu down the road leading to the pontoon at the Kafue. 

       Basic blockrooms- $30 pn (sleeps 2, shared ablution)

      Full bar and restaurant, ensuite tented chalets


Mukuyu Campsite  

     1/2 way between Chirundu and Siavonga along the Zambezi R.

    New* Riverfront campsite and ablutions. Chalets planned for 2009.



Route from Great East Rd to Ana Tree Lodge (over the Escarpment) See Map section of this site for balance of map.


Campsite at Makamba Gate- entrance to LZNP, 20kms from Great East Rd.


Chirundu- Nyambadwe a basic motel

The Chirundu one-stop border facility at Chirundu border post will open between April and May 2008. It is expected that once in full operation the one stop border facility will help expedite the clearance of passengers and the estimated 500 trucks that are marooned at the border post daily. The ultra modern multi facility will also house Zambia National Commercial Bank, Immigration Department, Zambia Revenue Authority and clearing and forwarding companies among others.


KARIBA FERRIES is scheduled to operate currently only during the Christmas season on Lake Kariba between Mlibizi/Binga and Kariba, Zimbabwe 


Current Lake Kariba water levels. weekly table


Village Point Lodge    chalets - new lodge


Lake Kariba

            Nataizya Guesthouse Self catering

            Eagles Rest Campsite  Siavonga Well-maintained campsite with
                     good facilities.

            Sandy Beach Safari Lodge campsite Siavonga

            Lake View Chalets Sinazongwe self catering chalets

                 Plus  Chikanka Island 

           The Club House  campsite  Siansowa              

           Manchinchi Bay Lodge self catering allowed- no camping



Shopping: Chizindikila Supermarket & Restaurant, Granny's Treasury Bakery - modest but ok for basic commodities - plus two markets in downtown Siavonga for fresh produce.
      the BP station at the turnoff to Siavonga town, on the main Lusaka-Kariba Dam road, is the only fuel source in town.
Standard Chartered Bank, National Commercial Bank 

Croc farms: Kaliolio (owner Peter Ihmann) on Mutinangala Rd.; and Sumbu (owner Keith Jordan- also has big croc farm in Sinazeze) past Lake Kariba Inns - not signposted (the old signposts lead to a croc and ostrich farm that is defunct), no charges. At Kaliolio, foreman Wilson Kalokwa most ably leads visitors around ('appreciation' appreciated); at Sumbu only the old/breeding crocs can be viewed; delicate youngsters (crocs are amazingly susceptible to disease) are out of bounds. No guide (though a worker might come running), no charge.

Lake/sundowner cruises - Eagles Rest, Lake Kariba Inns, Lake Safari Lodge  

Dam visits: If you leave your ID at the Zambian border post you are allowed to drive the 2km down to the dam wall and enjoy an east/west view of lake and gorges, huge spillgates, and Zam and Zim's power stations. There is a parking lot for leaving the car. The dam wall is for walking only. Cars are not allowed to stop on the wall.  .


Zimbabwe side- Kariba-Self catering accommodation can be found in Kariba at

  • Tamarind Lodges - Low cost four and six bed stone and thatch chalets with fridges and cooking facilities, ten minutes from The Heights - book well in advance.
  • Sunset Lodge - A quiet 4 bedroomed lodge, accommodating ten guests with full kitchen facilities ten minutes from the Heights on Camp Hill - book in advance.
  • Mopani Bay - Unfenced, budget camp sites. Always full in season, 900m from Tamarind Lodges.
  • MOTH Camp - Chalets and camp sites, five minutes from the border, a short walk from the Mahombekombe township, always full in season.
  • Kuburi HQ - A very basic campsite managed by the Kariba Branch of the Wildlife Society, usually rich in game - hardly ever crowded, half an hour's drive from The Heights.  Definitely the best bet for the camping enthusiast!!
  • Nyanyana Camp - Similar to Kuburi HQ managed by National Parks, 10 km away and further from town.
  • Nzou Lodges and Wild Heritage - A large complex of privately owned chalets and cottages bordering the Charara Safari Area, 40 minutes from The Heights.
  • Kushinga - campsite and lodges on Camp Hill, overlooking the Eastern Basin.
  • Lomagundi Lakeside Association

Kariba- Tiger fishing competition-held every first week of October

The Kariba Half Marathon 2008 and 10km Fun Run & Walk (with Bruce Fordyce - 9 times Comrade Marathon Winner) will take place on Sunday 10 August 2008


Come and join us for what has proved to be an amazing race in the past and an awesome day out for the whole family.


The race starts at 06h00 from the AMC/Total Garage and finishes at Lomagundi Lakeside Harbour via the Dam Wall. The 10km route excludes the Dam Wall.


Prize Giving at 11h30 sharp on Sunday after the race followed by lunch, music and beer! Swimming pool and jumping castle for the kids, pony rides etc.


Runners and Walkers please try to register before 30 July 2008. Race Fees payable on Saturday 9 August at the Cutty Sark Hotel between 9am and 6pm. USD5 equivalent for the Half Marathon and USD2 equivalent for the 10km Runners and Walkers.

There will be a Disco playing at the hotel on Saturday as well so if you fancy a pre-race party come on down!


For an online Registration Form email or visit the Old Georgians Sports Club Office for a hardcopy (available from Monday 26 May 2008). Please fill in the Registration Form and leave it there to be collected.


For more information and assistance with accommodation, houseboat booking etc email Kiara Hammond - or telephone 061 3037 between 8am and midday or 061 2282 from 2pm to 4pm weekdays only.

Central Zambia


Watch your speed between South Lusaka and Chilanga(about 20kms south of Lusaka). RADAR TRAPS are common. The police these days are strict and fines are relatively high. Justice is swift. They take payment at the scene of the crime. Fines for speeding are immediately K65,000 and depending on how much your speed, more is added. Often you will see a line of people at foldup tables, their cars and vans parked close by, while officers are waving in the clueless. The most common site is just North of Chilanga, where the posted speed limit is lowered driving South and approaching the town.


Be very careful these days about driving while talking on the phone, the fines are HUGE!


ZAWA hdqtrs- Chilanga – approx 20 kms South of Lusaka– East side of Lusaka-Chirundu Hwy


           tel: 260-1-278513 / 366
           fax: 260-1-278244 / 365  


 Note that telephoning or calling in person is much more effective than emailing or faxing. If you want to do anything unusual, or to go to any of the more remote parks, then it will make your trip easier if you buy your permits in advance from Chilanga. Clear your trip with them, and get some written permission that looks official: a letter from Chilanga and the appropriate permits work wonders at even the most remote scout camps. The next best option is to try to get permission at the regional ZAWA offices – which may be easier than negotiating with the scouts on the gate.

For more adventurous trips to remote parks, hire a game scout from the nearest camp to act as your guide. This will save wasted driving time, and probably personal anguish over navigational puzzles. You may have to feed the scout, but even then this can be an inexpensive way to get a local guide who may be able to add a whole new dimension to your trip. The  EXCERPT above from Bradt Guide


Feb 2008  I wonder how this will effect the self drive in the future

THE ZAMBIA Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has said it will offer 15,000 to
45,000 hectares of land in national parks to property developers
under the tourism concession agreements.

ZAWA director general Dr Lewis Saiwana said in Lusaka that the
concession agreements would be in line with a business venture that
had been embarked on by the organisation.

He also said concessions would allow investors' exclusivity of
building property and game viewing.

"ZAWA is embarking on business plans in relation to tourism
development in national parks. This entails zoning of national parks
into large tracts of land of an extent of 15,000 hectares, 20,000 to
45,000 hectares of land," Dr Saiwana said.

Dr Saiwana said the authority was looking for people to establish big
hotels and lodges in national parks.

"Developers should take note that all outstanding non-functional
tourism concession agreements signed between them and ZAWA over a
period of 24 months will be terminated with immediate effect," he

"All tourism concession agreements whose developers are still
constructing and have exceeded the required construction period will
be required to pay variable charges according to the agreed occupancy

And Dr Saiwana disclosed that ZAWA had entered into public-private
partnership for the co-management and restocking of wild life in
national parks.

"So far the restocking programmes have been conducted in Lusenga
Plain National Park, Liuwa National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National
Park in Livingstone," said Dr Saiwana.

Lusaka- There are three main out door markets in the city; one is the Soweto Market near Cairo Road, a second is located opposite the Tazara building on Independence Avenue, and a newer, covered market can be found on Freedom Way. Lusaka is also a good place to find Zambian handicrafts. Zambia has a number of traditional artisan products, and items such as woodcarvings, copper crafts, native spears and masks, and local batiks, called chitenges, can be found in shops throughout the city. Zambili on Luanshya Road sells handicrafts, as does the Book House shop in the Manda Hills Shopping Centre. Zintu Handicrafts is located at the Holiday Inn, and Moore Pottery on Kabalenga Road has an excellent range of ceramics. Zintu Za Nyimba on Panganani Road sells a wide variety of locally made wooden furniture, batiks, candleholders, lamp shades, hand-dyed cloths and carvings. There is also a craft market in the suburb of Kabulonga on the last Saturday of each month.


What's happening and the happening places in Lusaka

Mercury- Shop & Ship service


Cadac/gas cylinder refills - BOC Gases  ~S15.39483 E 28.27658


Crossroads Shopping Center, Lusaka

Arcades Shopping Center, Lusaka

Manda Hill Shopping Center, Lusaka



Casa Munji Lusaka  camping & sc chalet on working farm

       10km from city centre 49 Munji road 

Village Camp  campsite south of Eureka   currently no information

Eureka Camp South of Lusaka East side of Hwy

Dream Valley Lodge

Pioneer Camp   East of Lusaka off the Great East Rd. to the South of Hwy 

Barn Motel   camping facilities  60 self-contained cottages and rooms, including 8 chalets

       with self-catering facilities. Facilities: restaurant, swimming pools,  poolside bar,

       luxury bar, near the Airport    +260 1 840026    fax +260 1 214002  $30- $65pn

Nena Guest House inexpensive priced rooms only

Reed Mat Lodge budget accommodation

Chita Lodge  no camping

Andrews Motel      Single from: $24.00 per room per night

Cha Cha Cha Backpackers -- I can't recommend this place and have seen nothing but negative comments Camping $5.00 Dorms $12.00 Private room $25.00

Paray’s Game Ranch camping 21 km outside Lusaka (on the road to Mumbwa/Mongu)

Kundalila Lodge    Opened 2010  25 kms west of Lusaka off Mumbwa Rd 

Mwenge Campsite  Mongu Rd           Tel 230845

            There are a considerable number of other accommodations

Kalunda Guest House

Ku-Omboka Backpackers  no camping'

The Lusaka Hotel 

Shakespeare Court  2 weeks to long term accommodation


Mita Dam- campsite

Lunsemfwa Hydro power station --Take the road to the power station. A tour of the station can be arranged with management. Ride the railroad cart up the steep side of the mountain and check out an immaculate operation with all the explanations of the operation. .

Chibwelamushi Tribal Ceremony at Old Mkushi

3-6 September tourism potential in its infancy


Wonder Gorge-

           Bell Point- bush campsite  approx 4-5 hrs from Lusaka


           At the junction of the Lunsemfwa and Mkushi Rivers, is a site of great beauty where both rivers have cut narrow gorges over 300m into the Karoo sedementary rocks and presents one of the finest and most spectacular views to be found in Zambia


 Wonder Gorge -- End of July 2007   Photo by Jon Mitchell














Wonder Gorge -- Karen   Photo by Jon Mitchell

Mulungushi Dam

           *Mulungushi Boat Club – campsite






    Horizon Hotel   Single from: $20 Double from: $30 per room per night

                  No camping       
    Kabwe Lodge  no camping  ~$40

    Broken Hill Lodge

    Tusker's Hotel

    Zambezi Source Lodge



     Kafue Lodge near Mpongwe  sc chalets


     Lake Kashiba near Mpongwe camping




    Lowden House no camping SC

    Chowa Guest House no camping SC

    Kings Highway Guest House 

          no camping   12 kms south Luanshya


     Mkuba Hotel  no camping w/internet hotspots

     Lifespring Farm/Lifespring Guest House  in Mushili

      (11km from Ndola) 

             no camping, chalets internet

         Lodges Kw400k pn Double inclusive B&B, lunch & dinner extra 

                     Kw350k Single inclusive B&B, lunch & dinner extra

             Conference Building Ipusukilo Shalom 

                   Kw275k pppn double inclusive B&B, lunch & dinner extra

                   Kw225k Single inclusive B&B, lunch & dinner extra

                    swimming pool, sand volleyball court and football pitch, licensed bar,

                    laundry, & transport extra            

     Henry Mkulu House

            no camping SC    

     Fatmoles Executive Lodge  No Camping  approx 12-15 minutes drive

             from Ndola int'l a/p, 10 minutes center of Ndola  


     Setanga Lodge     No Camping    4km’s from Ndola Int'l Airport &

              2.5km’s from City Centre

      New Savoy Hotel

      Traveller's Lodge

      New Ambassador Hotel

      Castle Lodge


     TAZARA Railway (Ndola)




     Standard Chartered



Kumasamba Lodge  South from Kitwe ~20 minutes towards Ndola (0212) 23-9085

     On the banks of the Kafue River                           Cell :  096 678-2339


    Eagle Guest House no camping

    Lothian House  no camping

    Sherbourne Farm Lodge

Xx2002 prices   

   Copperfields Guest House - US$50 pppn single, US$ 70 double 
   Eagle Guest House - US$ 55 pppn or US$ 65 for a double room
   Hotel Edinburgh - US$ 60 for a twin/double room, US$ 75 for

        a luxury double (includes full English breakfast)
  The Town House - - US$ 52 pppn single or US$ 80 for a double room
  Mukwa Lodge   no camping





Mufulira to Mansa Route nearing completion - The Chembe(Levy Mwanawasa) Bridge replaces a pontoon over the Luapula River has been completed- 2008. With the Pedicle Road set to be paved through the DRC (DRC has given the go ahead to Zambia to pave Jan 8 '09), this will cut considerable time and distance between Luapula and Copperbelt provinces. Safety is no longer an issue along this road. Current 2nd hand information- normal crossing procedures apply. A toll gate will be used to collect fees to cover the costs of the paved road. Valid passport, yellow fever and vehicle registration papers and then they will allow you same day transit. But with DRC officials, expect to pay a small "per diem" *** Any additional clarification concerning documentation requirements for this transit route would be appreciated.  Tourist visa or transit visa, carnet or TIP/CIP or not, 3rd party insurance available at the border post or Yellow Card needed or no insurance, International Drivers Permit or SADC licence or any Driver's licence,  and fees.


Note- Travellers with visas for Uganda, Rwanda, or Burundi can be refused entry upon arrival in the DRC. Travellers are required to carry evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. Travellers have been temporarily detained or asked by immigration and security officers for “special fees” at other ports of entry to the DRC when carrying satellite phones, GPS receivers, or military clothing. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended.

Report from Jacques & Linda van Heerden 12/08   

We were pleasantly suprised at how easy the pedicle was.  The Zambian sides were warm and friendly and the DRC guys were a little in awe of us - don't think they see very many Mzungus going thru there with a ton of camping stuff on the vehicle!  Anyhow, the DRC guys were obviously keen to assist us to empty our wallets of small change so it cost Kw5000 for this guy to fill in the book on behalf of you and another kw5000 for the next guy and so on.  Same on both sides and it came to roughly kw30000 on each side if you count the $5 we paid for not having a yellow fever card.  Not sure what internationals pay.  The DRC guys were very respectful of our work permits.

All in all a good experience and, I must admit, we were pretty nervous. 

A few things:

1.  The road is very potholed dirt but we still did the 60km in an hour and a half but guys with trailers will take at least 3 hours.
2.  DRC drive on the opposite side of the road and you are only warned about this by a sign that says "keep right" as you cross a bridge which is a little amibiguous as it could apply to the bridge crossing.
3.  Yellow fever card essential.
4.  Border closes 6pm and we were late but the guys on the other side waited for us to get in.
5.  This seems to be an "in transit" crossing where no visas are required. 
6.  Vehicles must be in ship shape as the cops on the Kitwe side are wicked.
7.  We hear via via that the border guys were recently given a serious ass whupping for being discurteous and obstructive which I think is another reason the going was so easy.
8.  Carry lots of kwacha small change or at least USD small change.


Chembe Bird Sanctuary

     Dunstan Lodge camping West of Kitwe ~29kms   


Chingola Protea Hotel -2002 around US$ 70 pppn.

Lima Hotel

Musunshya Hotel 

There are also a number of smaller guest houses which are cheaper




  Standard Chartered




     Directors Lodge



Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

             CHIMFUNSHI CAMPSITE on the banks of the kafue River

            Camping area..........$10 per person per night. Hot showers available
            Thatched Chalet.......$ 20 per person per night, 2 beds with mattreses

        Fees have been reported to have increased dramatically in order to

        get Chimfunshi on a more financially viable footing. Bush walks

        with the chimpanzees $100


   There are 3 petrol stations, several banks, internet cafes, ATM

   The Royal Solwezi Hotel  no camping 

   Mwaaka lodge no camping

   Kisu Lodge no camping

   Floriana Executive Lodge no camping

   Changa Changa Motel



West Lunga National Park

   African Parks

   December '08 Newsletter

No camping or accommodation currently in the park yet. The park lacks facilities and roads. There are no towns nearby, visitors must be completely self-sufficient. It is reached by a dirt track from the main road to the park gate and base at Jivundu camp(small campsite here also) in its south-west, 5 kms East from the confluence of the West Lunga and Kabompo Rivers. Cross the Kabompo via a pontoon to enter the park. The lack of water and thickness of the forest has kept the human population low in the region, and despite some poaching and the absence of protection, the forest is believed to be still fairly rich in wildlife.


Nchila Wildlife Reserve camping $25


Dilalata bush mission station

      'Flying Mission' guesthouse


Source of the Zambezi trip report 8/2008 with pictures too.



Nsobe Game Camp  Near Chiundaponde Village

Fringilla Farm    ~52 km North of Lusaka good place to

       Farm store-buy meat and veggies  - not vacumn packed

Ibis Gardens Country Hotel sc possible

Forest Inn  SW of Mkushi

ATP Lodge      Camping    Mkushi

Sweetwater Guesthouse Mkushi River    no camping

Serenge MAPONTELA GUESTHOUSE   3km off main road in Serenje town. 2 en-suite rooms, no

      camping, safe walled  parking outside rooms. Bakery & restaurant . 

Malcolm Moffatt College - inexpensive basic accommodation


Western Zambia

After crossing the border near Katima Mulilo, exchange for Kwachas at the Customs office - Zambia side. (the Namibia border post has moved to a new building) In Sesheke there is a bank, if you need to immediately exchange currency.

Both the Kazungula and Wanela (Katima Mulilo) Border Posts are open from 06:00 to 18:00 daily.

Kazungulu Ferry $20, Council Levy R70, Carbon Tax-based on engine size, Third Party insurance R360, plus visa fee when required. Cars/4x4s drive to the front of the queue. The ferry takes 4  cars/4x4s and 1 heavy truck at a time.


And yet another Fee at the border - from the Livingstone Weekly

   Date of Receipt 2/2/09

Toll Fee at the Border

I have heard a lot of complaints via the

grapevine that tourists are being charged extra

fees at the borders – Kazungula and Katima

Mulilo. Some of them are being asked to pay a

deposit on their vehicle before coming in to

Zambia; some of them are being charge toll


Here is a receipt for a Toll Fee for a tourist

vehicle coming in at Katima Mulilo. Does

anyone know anything???


Unofficial Clearing Agents


It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals masquerading as ‘agents’ who claim they can facilitate border formalities for ‘self drive’ tourists to enter and exit Zambia.  Please do not encourage tourists to use their services simply because gaining the necessary paperwork to enter/exit Zambia is free.

Customs have also ‘computerised’ CIP (Customs Import Permits) so only the person authorised to drive the vehicle can apply for one at the Customs desk.  They will not facilitate any so called agents trying to do the same.  Zambia State Insurance also has an outlet at the border post which offers One month and more insurance policies for those requiring such cover. Again 3 or more month policies tend to be sold to unsuspecting tourists whereas a cheaper One Month policy will suffice if they are within Zambia for only 30 days.


Just outside the fenced area is also a Bureau de Change which can facilitate the changing of money for those charges which are expressed in Kwacha .

Kindly note that all transaction with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) are to be in the local currency – Kwacha


The border has in the recent months experienced an increase in the traffic volumes and ZRA management seeks to encourage positive cooperation from stakeholders for easy trade facility. 


The Kazungula Customs management has agreed to support and assist all those that request their services. Kindly feel free to inquire or seek help from them whenever it is required.


We hope all operators will brief their driver/guides to co-operate with the Customs Officials so that we can do all that we can to facilitate a smooth entry and exit of our tourists.


Yours sincerely,

Christopher Tett

Vice Chairman

Livingstone Tourism Association.    posted June 30th 2008


Foot and Mouth                            

When you enter Namibia at Ngoma from Botswana you may NOT bring in raw red meat or pork. If they attempt to confiscate additional food products, ask to see the government letter or ask for the phone Nunber of the state vet in Katima. If you return to Botswana from Namibia, you may not take any tin meat, tined fish, or any dairy product, in other words nothing from an animal, even if you purchased it in Botswana There is a Pick’N’Pay, an Ok Bazaars and butchery in katima.


There is a time difference in winter of one hour between Namibia and the other southern African countries,

including Zambia and Botswana.

This is a malaria area zone. The rainy season is from November to April.

 Many of the lodges close from December - February..

Nchila Reserve   self catering

                            To the NW corner near Congo and Angola


Upper Zambezi- Chundukwa Bush Camp   self catering 30kms upstream of Livingstone   

Barotse Trails Route


   African Art Centre - Mwandi

  Brenda's Best Baobab Tree Guest House Chalets/

         camping possible

  Chuma Kweseka Guesthouse  not the best of accomodations

       E 24.2401 S17.4636

  Mulatiwa Guest House-Main Road between Sesheke and

      Senanga in the Katima Mulilo compound. 21 sgl/dbl rms

      should look at the rooms 1st

 Sibeso’s Fishing Camp located on the same premises as the

         Kuta in Mwandi  camping and chalet

 Sisheke Lodge - Shesheke   s/c

 Zambezi Banks Chalets - just off the M10 to Sesheke

 Zambezi Skimmers past Mwandi on Shesheke Rd  camping

          and tents

Mwandi to Katima Mulilo informational site


Zambelozi Island Lodge - Status not known

Sakazima Lodge


Lusu to Ngonye Falls


Rapids View Community Campsite at the Lusu Mission

         approx 35km from Sesheke on the Senanga Rd

Nina Lodge The camp has fourteen double rooms that operate

         on a self-catering basis. Meals can be provided by prior

         arrangement, natural spa bath in the river Shesheke

         +26 481 269 8767

Khibbu Camp self catering

Mutemwa Lodge (alt)  no camping

                                      Chalets R495 per chalet   camping R95pp


Kavumbu River Campsite  CLOSED

NGOMBE SAFARI LODGE   This Lodge is on the Eastern side of the river opposite Kavumbu. It is important to note, many tourist have been traveling on the western ( M10 ) only to find that they need to go back to Katima cross the bridge and travel on the eastern route to Ngombe. ( 8 Hours back tracking detour )   

Checkpoint where you have to pay R100( or N100 or P100) road, fruit, wood and mango levy  ( 70km upstream from Kabula / 12km before Sioma Falls ) 

Sioma River Camp   camping 

Touch the Wild campsite   This camp was inside the fenced area of Sioma Falls and is now closed.

Maziba Bay Lodge  operational

Thebe Lodge Sioma/Ngonye Falls Closed 


New- Ngonye Falls N.P. - fenced/camping  Park entry fee- $5, vehicle fee $15


Sekute Chiefdom wildlife crossings along the Zambezi River  (3.9mb)


Sioma Ngwezi NP

   Sioma Bush Camp camping, sc chalets

    Adjacent to the Northwest boundry of park   


 Liuwa Plains

The park dries out in May and is accessable till mid January the following year. The wildebeest migration converges on the southern plains Oct-Nov, which is also the calving season, and stay there till May. Then they move into the Northern part of the park and into Angola.


2009 Liuwa Plains Visitors Guide


Reservations are essential to enter the park. There is a limitation of 25 vehicles allowed at any one time in the park. This park practices low density tourism. A basic road structure is laid out in the Park at the beginning of each season. Visitors are required to keep to these roads at all times, unless  given permission by an AP-ZAWA guide. Limited offroading is permitted in remote areas where the road system is limited, and in cases of exceptional sightings. Complete self sufficiency in terms of fuel, catering and camping supplies as well as a healthy degree of offroad 4WD driving experience is neccessary.  

Park fees -- non resident- $40pp

Camping                          $10pp

Guide hire   $10 per day


Liuwa Trip Planner  


Article on Liuwa Plains           

Campsites in Liuwa Plains  --

The campsites are in the most densely populated game areas.

          Each camp allows a maximum of 5 vehicles.          

      Katoyana Community Campsite

      Kwale Community Campsite

      Lyangu Community Campsite 

      Sikale Community Campsite   in the rarely visited part Northern

           part of the park.

      Matamanene Campsite

Booking request form -  send to  

            or call +260 97 7706572


"There is no longer a two vehicle per visit requirement although this is recommended if the travellers are not well equipped (GPS, spare fuel etc). Guides can be arranged at the Park Office at Kalabo."
Craig Reid
Project Coordinator
Liuwa Plain National Park
Apparently there is not a vehicles entry fee for vehicles.     
Liuwa Plains Newletter Aug-Oct '07

To access the Park from Kalabo, visitors need to use a pontoon to cross the river. The pontoon is operated by the Kalabo Council at the following cost:

 Vehicles KW40,000 (go-come), KW25,000 (one-way)

 Motorbikes KW25,000 (go-come), KW15,000 (one-way)

 Plus the Council levies local carbon tax of K5,000 ($1.20) on

 each arriving motor vehicle. From the pontoon it is 12km to the park boundary


 Maziba Bay lodge  campsite

 Senanga Lodge   no official campsite- on lawn  US$ 10  rooms available

 Thebe Safari Lodge   South of Sioma $10



Mongu Lodge no camping 

base camp of the Assembly of God Church of Tableview- contribution would be nice

see the LuiwaTrip planner for more options


VIANNEY CHESHIRE GUESTHOUSE & CHALETS. Kaoma, located on the M9 (Lusaka - Mongu), is an income generation project of the Kaoma   orphanage (run by Sister Mary) provides shelter to over 100 children from all over Zambia. The guesthouse has single and double bedrooms. The chalets are self-contained and (as the guesthouse) situated in a nice shady garden overlooking the Luena valley. Restaurant serves breakfast (light or English) and dinner with local and international dishes. Single room: zkw 20,000 Double room: zkw 30,000 Chalets: zkw 50,000 406 km west of Lusaka, you enter Kaoma. Follow the road through the village and after the hospital (on your right), take a U-turn to the left. After a few hundred metres you will see the Guesthouse & Chalets on your left. Tel.: (07) 360 235 or after 17.00h.: (07) 360 040.

average monthly climate in MONGU


Kalabo  there is a basic campsite under construction

Blue Lagoon NP 120kms west of Lusaka on the Kafue Flats- self catering chalets at the entrance. Or ask to be guided down to an abandoned camp at the waters edge where one can safely set up camp.  

Mutumbi Safari Lodge-   30kms before Blue Lagoon NP. 90 kms from Lusaka( 2 hrs ). Located on a raised hill with views over the Kafue Flats. Four ensuite chalets,restaurant and bar near the pool. Horse riding, mountain biking, and internet..                          


Kafue N.P.

Mongu - Lusaka Hwy. (You don't pay park fees if you're in transit.)

The Zambian government is improving access to the Kafue National Park from Livingstone via the southern Dundumwezi gate. The Dundumwezi gate lies approximately 120 km from Livingstone and, with the improved roads, tourists will be able to access the national park in less than a two hours' drive. Currently, during the rainy season, the southern gate is often inaccessible from Livingstone, forcing visitors to travel via Lusaka, a much farther route. Solistor Cheelo, manager Southern Africa and Australia for the Zambia National Tourist Board, said the improved roads would ensure year-round accessibility. Construction is due to begin in 2008. 19/06/08 (there's a chuckle) - "the stretch from Kalomo to Dundumwense, the southern entry to the KNP - has still !!! not been repaired despite numerous promises from the authorities." "We recently (early last year) travelled the route - Kazungula to Nata, Francistown, Martinsdrift and the Nata to Pandamatenga stretch, 200kms, was bad. I believe, from guests that have, this year travelled this route, that it is now even worse and that the border crossing with the ferry at Kazungula is jammed with trucks as all the transport is now through this route with the Zim situation being what it is." An alternative route has also been suggested by Tom Heineken at Kaingu Lodge. "This would be to come up through Namibia and onto the Caprivi Strip - cross into Zambia at the Katimo Mulilo/Shesheke bridge across the Zambezi (apparently much easier and quieter border posts) and then down towards Livingstone (good tarred road) - turn off onto gravel to Mulobezi and then come through the Mulobezi Game Management Area to the south western corner of the Kafue Park - travel up north eastwards in the Park along what is known as the Cordon road to opposite Nanzhila Plains Safari camp, turn right off the cordon route to Nanzhila (apparently much of this route from Mulobezi is sandy, much like Botswana). If Botswana is a must then maybe up the "Panhandle" to Popa Falls then to Katimo. The route outlined will circumvent all the known really bad roads and the difficult Kazungula crossing."


July 2009 update from Nanzila Plains, Kafue - work has commenced on the Kalomo - Dundumweze Rd. Gravelling and compacting at this time. That will improve access into Southern Kafue sometime later this year.


An update- June 24, 2008- from Steve Smith at Nanzhila Plains Camp  - " The roads in and around the southern part of the park are a problem. Access from Kalomo to Dundumweze has not improved since last season and in fact the culverts across a number of the streams closer to the gate may not survive the next rainy season. The 75kms takes 2-3 hours. The road from the Lusaka/Mongu junction to Itezhi-Tezhi is also not good... The internal roads in the south are not too bad with ZAWA having a new motorized grader and a new tractor and pull-grader. They are busy at the moment and this will make a real difference. The pressing problem though is access to the park. From Livingstone to Nanzhila it takes 8-10 hours at the moment and from Lusaka a similar time. The all weather road from Dundumweze up to the north of the park, is still happening but has been delayed, I understand by initial inadequate surveying. World Bank are financing it so it will happen but we at Nanzhila will probably see no benefit for a few years as they will be starting later this year from the north!"


Kafue NP N.P.=22 500 sq. kms

Northern Sector - Inside the park, west of Kafue River

Lufupa  Lodge campsite Lufupa Campsite has 15 camping spots each accommodating up to 10pax. Clients are welcome to use the River Café facility. US$10 plus  park entry fees. $15 ppn for non-Zambian nationals & $15/vehicle/day. reservations preferred Karen Gombo Wilderness Safaris Kabulonga Lusaka T +260 211 216 008/9/10/11  F +260 211 840 024 C + 260 977 797 654

Kafwala Camp  SC only


    All users of Kafwala Camp must be society members.  see link above

Busanga Plains Camp- self drive option maybe available on short notice  Self Drive and luxury 2009 packages including Busanga Plains

Northern Sector - Inside the park, East of Kafue River

Chamafumba Camp camping/sc chalets                                                        


Leopard Lodge  sc camping

McBrides Camp  campsite 

Hippo Lodge   Self catering/full board accommodations

Mayukuyuku Camp   campsite

Zamlodge campsite and chalets

Mukombo Lodge  camping


Lubungu pontoon - ~$10


Northern Sector - Outside the park

   (some of these have activities like game drives in the park)

Kafue Scout Camp near North(Kabanga) Gate

        - free camping possible/no facilities 

Chibila Camp  camping/chalets

       - self catering  *Membership forms 

    special arrangements can be made. Near Lubungu pontoon,

    NE corner outside Kafue NP Not inside the park. No park fees.

*Mushingashi Game Conservancy

         4½ -5 ½ hrs from Lusaka   

         1)Kalonga Waloba Camp

         2)Delai Camp  camping available, sc chalets

         3)Khoshi Koto Camp sc chalets

Southern Sector- Inside the Park

Hippo Bay Campsite  2010 campsite & activities rates Flyer

Konkamoya Lodge

        built on the same location as the old Nanzilla Rest camp


Chunga Safari Village  ask about a camping spot

Southern Sector-Outside the Park

   (all the operators below have activities in the park-except ZAWA camps)

Kafue Lwengu Camp      sc tents and camping     game drives, bushwalks with guides and ZAWA game scouts   S14 57.181  E025 54.964 

         fully equippewith an ablution block, hot showers, kitchen anbraii facilities  campground overlooks Kafue River

KaingU Lodge campsite

Kaingu has VSAT broadband connection, reported that the campsites and ablutions to be an excellent with plenty of game in the area. River trip recommended as well as for fishing and twitchers.

Mukambi Safari Lodge     camping    Self Drive and luxury 2009 packages including Busanga Plains

Kafumba Kwale community-based camp. Located somewhere near Chunga Safari Village on the Kafue River. That's all the information I have at this time.

New Kalala Campsite

Puku Pans Campsite 

Musungwa Safari Lodge campsite

Ngoma Lodge

Mupasha Campsite ZAWA near Musa Gate

Amanzimtoti Campsite ZAWA


Map- Itechi Techi to Kaingu Lodge

Map with detailed information on getting fuel at Zesco Itechi Techi Point of Reference - as if coming from the North or Kaingu Lodge


Busanga Plains - a Self drive issue  ****


Driving North from Busanga Plains/Lufupa Camp to North Gate, there is now a bridge over the Lufupa River.


*It may be possible to camp up at Treetops; ask the scouts for the latest information on this, and possibly for permission. Note – there are no campsites on the Busanga Plains, and you are not allowed to just camp anywhere.

East Zambia

Road work advisory

Government has released over K45 billion for rehabilitation works on the Great East Road in Eastern Province. Work on the Chipata-Mwami and  Nyimba-Sinda sections are expected to be completed by June 2008. Works on the Chipata-Lundazi road will commence in September this year and would be completed next year. Rehabilitation works on the Chipata-Mfuwe road will begin in December this year and be completed next year.

Luano Valley- Luano GMA 8,930 sq. kms- scenic- terrain is both hostile and challenging with many

                        Steep hills and ravines to traverse –

                Luano Valley remote bush camp sites 1-3, no facilities, at the Lunsemfwa River, no fees                    


       ?? Is there an extension to be found?? Luano Valley>

            W. Petauke GMA>Luangwa Valley

            Current indications are of a possible track North to Old Mkushi

See ZAWA and get Topo maps. Best times indicate maybe Aug-Oct when

           the Lunsemfwa River is lower.


Campsite at Mukamba Gate of LZNP, about 20 kms from the Great East Rd.

Guest House at St. Lukes Mission Hospital/Mpanshya Mission: ~S15.1082  E29.72445

the guest house; comprising a small lounge, three bedrooms (with mosquito nets), shower (cold water only for that refreshing start to the day) and flush toilet. Cooking facilities are still limited to braziers. There is more accommodation available at the training centre (20 plus beds, dormitory style).

A new museum has just been constructed to showcase the history of the Soli people who are indigenous to this area. On display are models of early housing and cooking utensils as well as traditional medicines. A written history of the Soli, also on display, explains more. Development of the museum is on-going and should provide a fascinating insight into the people of this beautiful area. Surrounding hills and a cave also provide for excellent hiking in the area.

The way to the hospital is well signposted: there are large signs on the Great East Road marked St. Luke’s Mission Hospital (turning to the right from Lusaka - approx 180 kms) and then follow the signs on the trees to the Hospital for another six kilometres. Communications are non-existent at present, but the Sisters and staff are always delighted to welcome visitors and take great pride in showing off their small hospital and hospice and their vitally important work in this community.

Thula Lodge    East of Nyimba

Tatiana Lodge   Nyimba   chalets & camping  $10


Luangwa River Bridge and Great East Rd.

      Bridge Camp Camping and Chalets




Katondwe Mission- ~34 kms south of Luangwa Bridge toward Luangwa Boma(Feira)

  Camping at Missions is always a good option in most parts of Africa


Luangwa --Mpata Gorge Boat trips 2,5 hour boattrip to the Mpata Gorge (upsteam the Zambezi from Luangwa).

The Zambezi River from Luangwa through the Mupata Gorge is by and large little known and difficult to access by the vast majority of tourists and fishermen, making it a unique experience for those who make the effort to get there and test their angling skills on bream, chessa, vundu (catfish) and the ever challenging voracious Tiger fish! The best months for angling are September through to November and March through to June, however due to the high temperatures experienced in the Zambezi Valley, fishing is virtually a year round past-time. Red Cliff Lodge - only accessible by boat or fly-in is a popular choice.

Luangwa/Feira -3 guest houses 1) Feira Confluence Lodge 2)Yexley

     3) Feira Camp- with campsite

Fuel station(diesel/petrol) at Luangwa Boma


Tamarind Tree Zambezi River Lodge campsite one group exclusive use at a time - Minimum charge $50USD or $10pp access by 4x4 in dry season


Pia Manzi Game Ranch   private 16000 hectares  4sale

Mbizii Game Ranch (ex MICROSOFT exec Paul Maritz ).  -AKA:

Mandevu Game Ranch- private-   Ndevu Camp –Hunter’s Camp -- Hunting only



         Chimwemwe Lodge with campsite           


        Zulu Kraal –ok, if running late –no website naturally

                    -mechanic adjacent to Zulu Kraal

        Nyika Motel- no camping

        BP fuel approx +750 meters @ corner to Petauke/Ecotrack to Mfuwe  


Best time to take the Petauke to Mfuwe track is July-October. The rains 1st start in November. Conditions are not favorable normally before July.

Possible/Popular to Bush camp between SLNP and Luambe NP, Luambe NP and NLNP, Petauke and SLNP, and in the Munyamadzi Corridor


Katete - Tikondane Lodge with chef-  camping. Run by grassroots Zambians with one nationalized Muzungu ( cross-cultural psychologist, nurse by training and very keen on keeping the culture)     Tikondane The Kulamba Traditional Tribal Ceremony is scheduled last weeknd of August annually nearby Interesting cultural in formation on Tikondane

There is a good hospital in Katete. .


Katete > Msoro > Mfuwe Airport route Approximately 106 kms ~4 hrs The 55 km from Msoro Village to T4 (Great East Road) is a barren area traveling over a wide, truck driven, chunky gravel “highway”, Starting in Mfuwe, the 45 km track to Msoro is quite well known in the area.  This is probably the shortest, quickest route between Mfuwe and Petuake in the dry season. Albeit not that scenic. But do check out the Msoro Cathedral. You can now find these tracks in the Tracks4Africa Zambia map. If you need to bush camp there, try the Anglican priest at the Msoro Cathedral or ask at Chief Msoro's village nearby. There is a hot springs about 3kms from Msoro and elephants are seen often in the area.


Near/in Chipata 

  Luangwa House no camping

  Mama Rulas 4 kms on the right on the road to Mfuwe  Chalest and camping

      Same owner (Andrea) as Luangwa Wilderness Lodge –Luambe NP

  Chachacha Backpackers 

                 ^ Reported Closed^

  Wildlife Conservation Society Campsite popular bar with the local expats

  Katuta Lodge,   Lundazi Highway ( 9 km north).

     Camping $5

·Chipata Motel, just north of intersection with Lundazi Rd. Clean if somewhat run-down doubles from US$10.

· Pine View, on southeast side of town (off Umodzi Highway). A nice place offering double rooms from $20.

. Dean's Hill View Lodge     

· Air Conditioned Mini Bus transfers to Mfuwe          

·         Fuel in Chipata

·         Barclays Bank with mostly-functional ATM


In between Chipata and Malawi border 

  Mayana Farm - working farm - 12kms past Chipata, off the Great East Rd, along

     Chadiza Rd.  Campsite , Farm house accomodation, DSTV, Swimming pool, bar, and

     home-cooked meals. Sat internet available $. Advanced reservations for accomodations req'd.

                                      See download for more info. 

In between Mfuwe and Chipata-

            Rockview Farm camping 

            S 13.24.360  E032.18.991 




See SLNP area Maps further below  

Approaching from South to North along the Petuake Route and up past Nsefu- Campsites outside the park on the Luangwa River

     Nyamaluma Conservation Camp @ a game scout training camp to the SE side of SLNP

     Adorata Camp

     Wildlife Camp   Camping, chalets

     Flatdogs  no longer just a popular

        campsite with backpackers, overland trucks and the self drive, 

        it is also a blossoming mid market camp, with comfortable

        chalets, an excellent restaurant and pub

****1st July '09 until 1st Nov. '09

Flatdogs will not have space for campers or overland trucks  

This will appear on the Flatdogs site when 2009 rates are confirmed

     Track and Trail River Camp internet available

     Croc Valley Camp—not that popular in the past, but had been getting good

          reviews before 2008 floods    Adjacent to T&TR   

 Gillie and Jake's Luangwa Valley Retreat    sc  

     Thornicroft Lodge- new, no camping,  opens Sept 2008

     Marula Lodge    camping

Zikomo Safari Camp- opening June 2012  -  chalets, camping,  sc rustic bush chalets.  Advance reservations will be required. No overland trucks,  game rich area, on the Luangwa River

     Mwanya Bush camp camping/chalets sc



      Flatdogs, Croc Vly, and TTR camps very close to Mfuwe gate, all the above except the 

      -game scout-Campsite budget/moderate priced accommodations


Ulendo Rest House- Mfuwe village along the main road backpackers may try this if they don't have carry a tent.

Cobra Guesthouse- opposite BP. Very basic rooms from US$5

Lukonde Camp- CLOSED - FOR SALE


Kawaza Village Community site (Nsefu) - camping, roundavels


BP Fuel at Mfuwe near gate

   July 24, 2009  Diesel               ZMK8091 per litre 

                            Petrol               ZMK9187 per litre

                            Exchange Rate ZMK3350 to the USD


**** There is an understanding between all the lodges belonging to South Luangwa Safari Association that there should be no more than three vehicles on a sighting at one time, And equally, all self drive should wait patiently for your turn, and move off the sight when other vehicles arrive.


Time restrictions for the self drive in SLNP- 06:00-18:00 hrs. For night drives, you should use the services of the camp/lodge where you plan on overnighting.


Park fees can be paid in USD or Zambian Kwachas. Credit cards and travelers checks are not accepted.


Hire a Landrover game viewing safari 4x4  -  For exclusive use in SLNP  - self drive game viewing, organize a guide,  and even customize the vehicle for research or commercial filming. The same type of vehicle the safari operaters use.


Bush Spa by Personal Touch

Adjacent to the Mfuwe Lodge inside the park. Spa services can be arranged for park visitors during their safari experience .

tel: +260 216 246 123
cell: +260 979 306 826


Keira and Vannessa with my landy #2    Wildlife Campsite


For a unique experience---- The Wild Dog Project ----

4 packs of wild dog and over 80 all total have been sighted in 2006.


SLNP-near Mfuwe Int’l A/P  

            Chimfule Lodge  4 kms from the Int’l airport & 20 kms from

                 SLNP gate at the bridge   No camping   moderate rates  For Sale


***Kaingo Camp grades all the roads from Mfuwe up to Kaingo, including the game-viewing loops north of the Luwi River. Recently they put in a track to Mwamba Sands (an area far inland where this tributary changes from a sand river to a mud river after disappearing for a few kilometres). and a low impact track to the Mwamba Sands Baobab Forest , in order to assist SLCS in tackling the poaching in this previously inaccessible area. Few tourists have been to this area.

This network of low impact vehicle tracks (which disappear each rains as pretty much all their roads) gives ZAWA a presence at Mwamba Sands which pushes the poachers further back. The roads themselves also act as firebreaks which stop the poacher's fires sweeping through vast areas and killing countless small game.

Large pods of hippos-  End of dry season, Oct and Nov best, Changwa Channel, North of Chibembe, in a 1-2 kms stretch, normally has concentrations of hippo, 1-2000 congregated together.

Map of Mfuwe area of SLNP

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Munyamadzi Corridor bush camp…. Or not- Camping at a ZAWA post is always an option

    The last I heard there was not a pontoon available at the Luangwa River from the Corridor.

Munyama mandzi meaning black water. NaBwalya means (the place of) the mother of Bwalya.

         Fuel in Mpika


Luambe NP  254 sq. km of woodland

     Wilderness Lodge   camping

              no other choices within the park. In 2008, wild dog

              were seen running through the camp


Best time to make the transit from Mfuwe(SLNP) to the Great North Rd via Chifunge Post- August thru to the 1st rains in November.


Best time to transit from Mfuwe(SLNP) to NLNP is May thru the 1st rains in November. This must be qualified that the pontoon must be available to use on the Luangwa River near Chifunda Camp. Otherwise, crossing the Luangwa is near impossible for all 4x4’s except equipment like unimogs in May and June.


Drive time from Luambe to Nkalamo - about 4 hours

                           Luambe to the pontoon -- about 6 hours


12/19/08- Track rehabilitation in 20009

ZAWA has released funding for the grading of 3 sections of tracks.

Chikomeni-Mwanya through Lukusuzi NP.

Mwanya-Chitungulu through Luambe NP.

Chitungulu-Chama via Kazembe.

The last time these were graded was well over a decade ago.



Driving through Nsefu(SLNP)and Luambe NP- at gate, inform them at sign in/out you are ¡®in transit¡¯ -going North or South- in order to avoid park fees



   Border formalities for entering or leaving Zambia for Malawi can be done here.

      Lundazi Castle Hotel    No camping

      The Tigone Motel -- Tumbuka for "Let's sleep" -- the Council Guesthouse ~$10/room

      Several other good rest houses for about the same price, and other more basic  .

      Accommodation from about $2 per night. No campsite as such, but guesthouses will probably be

      willing to help you find somewhere to pitch your tent.


NLNP  4636 sq. km 

       North Luangwa Conservation Programme, Zambia project strategy 2006



      June 2008 - 5 additional black rhinos were introduced into NLNP     



   dated info

  Coppinger canoe trip


Marabou Stork have been nesting in the early part of the season (May/June) in the woodland

near Lubonga (Marula-Puku) Airstrip for the last 5 years.


NLNP outside the park

          Campsites East of NLNP    Musalangu GMA 17350 sq. km area

            * Nutoboze Campsite-  Have no information about this campsite. Period.

            *Its Wild bush camps    Community campsites 

                  Chikwa & Chifunda Bushcamps camping $5/chalets sc $35




Some insight into how our tourism can help wildlife- & reduce poaching


Chifunda Bushcamp -camping/chalets sc 


   From Poacher to Chifunda Bushcamp Head Cook


Campsite West of NLNP on the escarpment, 42 kms east of the Great East Rd

Natwange Mukungule Community campsite  Located on the Mwaleshi River near Mano entrance Gate. You can rent tents. There are 6 private campsites each with hot shower, flush toliet and braii area. A Bisa cultural gift shop opens in 2008. camping $10, day visit $5


Transiting NLNP requires normal applicable park fees to be paid. You can not transit the park and avoid payment.

  Park entry fees-  Int'l =$20

  Vehicle Fees- non resident = $15  

   Bed Levy- Int'l = $15 (if staying in park)


Drive time from Natwange Community Campsite to the pontoon on the Luangwa

             River-- 3 hours


NLNP inside the park

Buffalo Camp   

Feeling Africa - previously Delia Camp -   


Nkalamo Camp-- Remote Wildlife  Closed 

    Nkalamo bush camp is available for self catering, includes B&B, and one bush walk. $100 plus park fees    I  haven't had the chance to check this place out, but by the few reports I have seen, this is worth looking at.


 Delia Explorers - Near Delia Lodge(same owner too-Remote Wildlife) on the Lutaba River- self catering(braai) camp,  4 tree house, with communal ablutions, restaurant, braai  2010 rates $70pppn excludes park  fees .   Closed


Interesting is the 5 and 10 day camping and walking safaris Remote Wildlife offers. 10 day itinerary with pictures The reports have been of excellent wildlife sightings on these portered walking  safaris from Nkalamo Bush Camp to Delia Lodge.


#1-4 are the new Spanish operator¡¯s camps. 2 & 3 opened 8/06. 

Delia Lodge(3), Mulondoshi(1), Chimana(4), and Nkalamo(2). 

Three bush camps and 1 lodge

All four are closed


Chimana Camp-concession taken back by ZAWA


Mulondoshi Camp - concession taken back by ZAWA


Mwaleshi Camp, Buffalo Camp and Kutendala (Closed)all located along the Mwaleshi River


2009 - Remote Wildlife has plans to open a new bush camp for the selfdrive and overland trucks in Mukungule GMA.  This is to the West side of NLNP. 


Chikwa Bushcamp - approx 279 kms north of Mfuwe on the East side of the Luangwa River

                                  camping/chalets sc



All normally have additionally full board, activities and rates that are upmarket.


2008-- Nkalamo Bush Camp offers self drives, self catering - $100 plus park fees. Includes B&B and one bush walk. Only 6 chalets, so advance reservations preferred to insure you haven't made a long off road drive for nothing.


The map below shows the location of the fenced area for Rhino that the North Luangwa Conservation Project is reintroducing into NLNP. Called Sanctuary. Access for overlanders is limited to a section in the Northern part through a series of gates while traversing NLNP, from the escarpment to the Luangwa pontoon as shown on T4A. Currently this route is an overlanders only choice in crossing through the park. Access to the semi wilderness section is limited to guests of the bush camps and lodge in the concession areas.