Zambia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by lotharscheer
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by lotharscheer
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by lotharscheer

Zambia Warnings and Dangers

  • Tazara Seguridad _ Safety

    El mantenimiento de esta línea ha sido un gran problema desde que inició este ferrocarril , los motores fabricados en China y los vagones se rompían continuamente, y se quedaban en los talleres en lugar de ser reparados y enviados de vuelta a la línea . Las locomotoras diesel que se enviaron por primera vez de China no se adaptaban a la tarea de...

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  • Tazara Seguridad - Security

    En ningún momentto sentimos sensación de miedo o falta de seguridad , a pesar de que hay momentos de mucho "barullo " y de mucha gente , sobre todo cuando nos acercamos a las estaciones que están junto a la frontera y el tren se llena de gente que intenta cambiar dinero Nosotros recomndaríamos que aparte de las normas de seguridad que se tomarían...

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  • Crazy drivers

    The bus driver from Lusaka to Lilongwe in Malawi was a skillful, but reckless driver. He drove the big bus at top speed on the narrow Great East Road. Passing slower cars all the time. This was normal for all the buses, according to frequent passengers. No accident happened, but I had my thought about his driving.Take a look at the pictures (4...

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  • Standing on the Edge

    While most people see the falls from the safe side- for the view across- some people want to see it straight down. They want to walk in the pools at the edge. I don't know how many fall off in a given year, probably not many, but it's a real possibility, and 100 meters to the rocks below doesn't sound fun.

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  • Monkeys

    You always hear about the grandeur of Victoria Falls, but you rarely hear about the monkeys. There are lots of them, and they wander and get in the way. They're wild, but of course tourists like to feed the animals, so they can get a bit nasty if you have food and they want it. Be careful around them, and don't be afraid to kick. Mostly they'll...

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  • Visa scams on exit

    I have heard many people reporting on problems when exiting Zambia. The customs officials have been requesting up to 350 UD dollars for exiting the country. In some cases the visa has been intentionally issued few days too short on arrival. So, check the dates on you visa when you get it. It's best to ask to meet the supervisor/manager if you end...

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  • AIDS!

    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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  • Different Exchange Rates for Different...

    Too bad I didn't bring $50 or $100 bills. All I had was $20's and $10's. Some bureau of exchange places give you nearly 400 kwacha less per dollar if you use $5, $10, or $20 notes to exchange. I only found one place that gave 200 kwacha less for smaller bills. I am sure it is the same for Euro and Pounds.

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  • For Zambia you need pills...

    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...

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  • Crocodiles

    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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  • Hippos

    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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  • Yellow fever vaccination required on...

    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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  • Worn Kwacha banknotes

    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...

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  • No visa on arrival

    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...

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  • Border scam!

    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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  • Personal safety

    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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  • 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!!

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  • understated

    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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  • Be careful in Zambia!! Daylight...

    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...

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  • Victoria Falls are wet ;)

    The path, at the left, along the falls, goes through the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. There are excellent viewpoints, but the water mist makes you wet: take care of your camera!

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  • Batoka thieves

    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...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • poor country

    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!

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  • 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...

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  • 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.http://travel.state.gov/zambia.html

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  • Bilharzia Parasites!

    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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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 yourskin.

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  • Malaria is endemic. Take...

    Malaria is endemic. Take anti-malarial pills, as prescribed by a doctor. Take care not to getbitten in the evening when the mosquitoes that transmit this disease are active; use a mosquito netwhile sleeping and use bug repellant that is at least 30% DEET. If you develop a fever while inthe country, or within three months of departing, get a blood...

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  •         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...

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  • It is law than no one can walk...

    It is law than no one can walk on the streets after 22:00 until 06:00, this is an offence. If caught by the police you will probably have to negotitate a bribe. Usually K10,000 will suffice. They won't really hesitate to lock you up for the night if you are not forthcoming in giving them a little something. It is much easier to take one of Lusaka's...

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