At the moment the governement is dropping 3 zero's from the Kwacha, the new bills look very similar to the old, for instance the old 20.000 had K20 writhen big and then 3 small zero's the new has only K20 writhen, otherwise quite the same. New bills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, and coins for 1Kwacha and smaller. With the 2 to 50 bills should not be a problem but there is a old 100 Kwacha bill (not the same picture then the new) witch can be a problem if you just enter the country.
Unique Suggestions: Insist on getting smaller then 100 Kwacha bills, a lot of shops have even difficulties giving change to a K20 bill
Sacamos los billetes del tren con la agencia desde España, pero cuando llegamos a la estación de trenes nos dijeron que había un problema y que no podíamos ir juntos en una cabina para dos personas porque todas eran para cuatro personas y que tenían que ir separados los hombres y las mujeres. Después de unos minutos de vacilación el tema se resolvió con la compra de dos boletos adicionales para tener las cuatro plazas de una cabina . El dinero nos lo pagó la agencia en España, pero estamos convencidos de que se trataba de una estafa de la agencia local.
Si preparas este viaje ten esto en cuenta
Al final nos reímos y tuvimos la oportunidad de ir al pueblo a cambiar dinero en el Barclays y para ver el mercado local
We arranged our train tickets from Spain , but when we got to the train station they told us that there was a problem and we couldn´t go together in a cabin for two persons as all the cabins were for four persons and they were only for men or women . After some minutes of hesitation the subject was solved buying two aditional tickets and buying the four places of a cabin. The money was payed back by the agency in Spain , but we are convinced that this was an scam of the local agency . If you prepair this travel take this in mind
At the end we laughed and we had the chance to go to the village to change money in the Barclays and to see the local market
Generally speaking, Zambia was not on the typical tourist track, so there were not many traps to worry about. I never thought that Lusaka had much to offer - get out and see the rest of the country. There were some deep sinkholes near Luanshya that we used to go out to on the weekend and jump in for a good swim! Photo of the Kafue River near Luanshya on the northern Copperbelt.
Before you leave Zambia to visit the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side you have to know if you need a visa. We were told we didn't need it. But the Zambian customs officer deleted our permit for Zambia in our passports when we left Zambia. And later, wanting to cross the border again it took us many, many hours to persuade the Zambians that there must have been some misunderstanding. The next day we had to buy a new re-entry permit in Livingstone, because we had to pass the border again to Zimbabwe (to the airport Victoria Falls), but had to enter Zambia again later that day. Boy, they were right, I'm sure, but they like to put on many stamps in your passports too.
well...it's not exactly a trap but it's the main reason why you come to this part of the world...Victoria Falls. The Zambian side of the falls were spectacular. At this time of year, the water was extremely high--so it was difficult to see the falls through the heavy spray of water. After walking ten feet past the entrance, we were already soaked from head to toe. Refreshing and breathtaking!
Do not let the driver of your rented car take you to a hotel or restaurant. They take you to the most expensive one!! Our driver took us to the best hotel in Livingstone after a morning's ride from Lusaka. No doubt it was a 5 star resort, but we did not expect to be there for just freshening up!!! We asked him to take us directly to the Victoria Falls!! It was more refreshing there!!!
Mini Buses are the main way to travel in Zambia.
If you have 'white skin' or look a tourist, they will try and charge you at least twice as much.
You will quickly work out what is a fair price,and don't pay more than that.
PLEASE NEGOTIATE BEFORE YOU GET ON THE BUS!!
Taxi's are the same.
You can even negotiate on accommodation, but some places (eg Solwezi) don't have tourists, so don't overcharge............unless it is a bit more upmarket, and then they will OVERCHARGE YOU. They are used to having aid organisations come and stay with them, and they pay anything that is asked.
the only thing i can describe along these lines is Mo Money Bereau de Change... they like to take a commission out of cash advances... not a big deal, but when you need the money to pay your bill.. and they dont tell you they are taking some for themselves; you will be a little bitter when you come up short at the front desk!
I can confirm that if you cross over between Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, you are required to have a visa. It would be foolish not to cross over and see the falls from both sides, so you will just have to bite the bullet and get the visa. There is one small saving grace however.
If you plan to take a couple of days, and I recommend that you do so that you can take part in rafting, bungee jumping, going to 'THE EDGE', etc. then get a visa that is multiple entry good for 72 hours. It costs a little more (still less than $100 USD), but then you don't have the hassle of getting one every time you cross. More freedom, and this place consists of more beauty than many see in a lifetime. For those rafting the Great Zambezi, a single entry visa is included in the cost of the excursion.
Zambia has the system where different US$ bills have different values when changed to kwacha. US$100 and US$50 have much higher rates than the lower denominations. Old series notes are also not accepted.
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