Like in any third world country, there are always people who will target tourists for burglary. So be careful at night when walking around. Be careful with your belongings. Try not to wander the streets on your own or at least stay where there are a lot of people. Watch out for kids on the streets who may act as pickpockets.
No skinny dipping
The cruizes down the Zambezi are a whole load of fun, and on the return trip the booze flows heavy and the Africans start up the drums and singing on the top deck....
"shozaloza..... and the temptation to cool down sometimes overcomes you.... Baby think twice!!Related to:
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Well this kinda sums it up.
Yes I have put two pic's together here, but just to show you what is the otherside of the fence, if you look close at the pic on the left under the fence you can see the edge of where the sign actualy is.Related to:
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Be careful in Zambia!! Daylight robbery/murders!!!
Zambia is a country where most (about 40%) of the population is without work and very poor so the only way they know how to make money is by looting tourists and it is very dangerous to move around without company in most places and do not attempt to put up a fight if you are alone as they are not scared to kill to take your money!!! Even in broad daylight!!! It did not happen to me but a friend of mine who was alone was robbed of all his belongings including his passport, cash and watch and could not travel back for long and even fell so ill due the aftershock that he was in Zambia for almost a month before he flew out!!! So don't take a risk with your life and try not to travel alone but in numbers if possible!!! Keep your passport and travel documents in a money pouch or waist belt and don't remove it in front of anybody!!! Take adequate precautions not to act like a rich tourist to prevent such incidents in Zambia for your own safety!!!
Do not take any money with you other than the exact fee when you go to BatokaSky for microlite flying over Victoria Falls.
They will not let you take your bag on the plane. Will give you change in Dollars and watch where you put it so that while you are in the air, they can go in an steal some of it back. That happened to me this morning, 20 March 2003. When I tried to complain it was the same person who did it and he, of course, denied everything. And, since he answers the phone, it is impossible to get through to the manager.Related to:
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Driving at Night
It is not advisable to drive on the highways between cities at night. The roads are not lit and are alive with animals, people and broken down vehicles you do not see until it is too late. Best to get your driving done before the sun goes down.
Don't feed the monkeys!
Not a tip especially for Zambia.
But we were so unsuspecting to share our packed lunch with the wild monkeys near the statue of Livingstone, at Victoria Falls Park.
They started to fight with each other and we were glad, that they didn't bite us instead of the bread.
The picture is from the website of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa:
Zambia is still one of the countries with the lowest income within Africa. We changed only a very small amount of money (about $10 each), but forgot, that that was about the monthly income of an average Zambian worker!!!! I still do have Kwatchas at home!
Driving - a few things.1 -...
Driving - a few things.
1 - The roads aren't very well maintained.
2 - After dark in Lusaka it is unadvisable to stop at traffic lights.
3 - If you happen to injure a pedestrian while driving, do NOT stop. Go to the closest police station and report the accident. In Zambia, as in other parts of Africa, retribution sometimes comes before the police show up.
4 - Police checkpoints are frequent and sometimes costly. Be careful to treat the guards with respect and be sure to give them a straight story. Be willing to be flexible with your plans
There are a few dangerous...
There are a few dangerous areas in Zambia to travel in. Some of the area close to the border with the D. R. of Congo are dicey. The US government travel advisory page is always over conservative, but is useful as a general outline.
There were concerns about break-ins even 30 years ago (I had a couple in my time, one of which turned into a real 'barn-burner'), and they have become much worse in recent times. Another problem was bilharzia, a parasite that infested still-waters and would invade your body if you swam in those conditions. I did catch it once but took some pills and I seem to have recovered! Photo of me swimming with a mate from Nova Scotia in the Lwombe River near Kasama. Another little pest was the 'putsi' fly - it would lay its eggs in your damp laundry on the clothes line and, if worn without being ironed, the eggs would burrow into your skin to begin their life. This would eventually require removal of the maggot! Thank you James Masamba for keeping me clear of this one!
When you catch the...
When you catch the 'international' bus from Lusaka, Zambia, to Harare, Zimbabwe - expect it to take at least two hours longer than anticipated.
The walk across the border bridge is hazardous.
The baboons attack you!
Make sure you DON'T have any food with you.
It can get really hot in...
It can get really hot in Livingstone. One day it was 48 degrees celcius in the sun, 34 in the shade.
Make sure you wear sunblock with at least SPF 15, a hat, and loose clothings that covers your
Malaria is endemic. Take...
Malaria is endemic. Take anti-malarial pills, as prescribed by a doctor. Take care not to get
bitten in the evening when the mosquitoes that transmit this disease are active; use a mosquito net
while sleeping and use bug repellant that is at least 30% DEET. If you develop a fever while in
the country, or within three months of departing, get a blood test to rule out malaria.
Remember that the rate...
Remember that the rate of HIV infection in adults (aged 18-45) in Lusaka is between 20 and 30 percent. Be careful! Malaria prophylaxis isn't the only protection to consider!
I experienced a coup attempt, harrassment from the police, but never the threat of being mugged, or any personal threat as a result of war in neighboring countries. (And you can see from the photographs above that I am not averse to taking risks.) I think it is important to establish relationships with a small group of people you trust and to go with them -- not alone. This is true if you are going to town center to email family back home, trying to exchange foreign currency, going out for a drink at night, or travelling between cities.
A more banal precaution that I always took was I boiled and filtered my drinking water.
(PS The photo is a vulture, taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.)
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