Safety Tips in Zambia

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    Be careful in Zambia!! Daylight robbery/murders!!!

    by aadil Written Nov 14, 2003

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    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!!!

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    No skinny dipping

    by ecoquester Written Jul 5, 2004

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    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!!

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    Hippos

    by Rusket Written Oct 10, 2005

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    People tend to be afraid of lions, tigers, sharks, crocodiles and snakes, but nobody talks about hippos. The fact is that hippos are the kind of animal that kill most people. When they get disturbed, they seek deeper water, we were thus instructed to always row between the hippos and the river bank.

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    Worn Kwacha banknotes

    by Saagar Updated Aug 11, 2005

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    Smaller denominations kwacha, especially the 500 and 1000 notes are sometimes so worn that it may be impossible to read the actual numbers/denomination or see the motifs. You can only detect the denomination by the color of the notes, which in bad light conditions can be difficult, too..
    Watch for this situation when you hand over a big bank note and get a stack of funny notes as change.

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    Crocodiles

    by Rusket Updated Oct 10, 2005

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    We were instructed not to bathe on the river banks, only in shallow water by sandbanks in the river, due to the danger of beeing attacked by crockodiles. And somebody always had to watch when somebody else were bathing. We saw a couple of crocs while we were canoeing, but not when we were allowed to take pictures :-(

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    Personal safety

    by joits Written Jul 16, 2004

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    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.

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    Don't feed the monkeys!

    by dutch_anna Updated Oct 1, 2002

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    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:
    http://www.uwc.ac.za/students/indexr.htm

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    No visa on arrival

    by Saagar Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    The information on the Zambian government internet pages on access clearly states that there is no visa on arrival in Lusaka airport or land borders for the visa-needy categories. An exemption may be business travellers covered by local businesses who will organise access from Lusaka.
    Other info and anecdotal rumors says that you will get visa on arrival, but that you may be dumped from intercontinental flight trtansits if you do not have a visa in your passport. Sounds like you should not risk travelling without a visa!
    A fellow passenger without visa in my lane from Gabon was charged USD 200 (or was faced with turning back).

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    Yellow fever vaccination required on entry.

    by Saagar Written Aug 11, 2005

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    You may not want to arrive Zambia without having proper proof of yellow fever vaccination. It is required for all travellers and you may be held up on the border by not having proof. And do you want to do the vaccination on the spot? Trust the needles at the border crossing? HIV infection rate in Zambia is at 20%.

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    understated

    by ecoquester Written Jul 5, 2004

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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.

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    AIDS!

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Zambia has got one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with estimation that one in three black Zambians have the virus today. Hence use prevention; else you probably play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun.

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    Border scam!

    by TracyG Written Jun 14, 2005

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    I have heard that the, border officials at the Zambia/ Zimbabwe border sometimes mark your Zambia visa as void when you cross the border into Zimbabwe. Then when you try to cross back again they demand another visa payment.

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    Driving at Night

    by Docu2001 Written Feb 23, 2003

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    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.

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  • Batoka thieves

    by littleoldlady Written Mar 20, 2003

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    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.

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    For Zambia you need pills...

    by dutch_anna Updated Nov 6, 2005

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    For Zambia you need pills to prevent malaria and some vaccinations. Ask some months before your trip your GP or a hospital, preferably with a department for tropical diseases, what you need and when you should take these.
    Please remember: malaria is a real killer.
    Read about malaria on http://www.malaria.org. There are clickable links on the last page of the travelogues to websites about malaria and vaccinations.

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