Zambia, officially the Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in southern Africa. The neighbouring countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of the country. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest.
When to go:
There are three seasons: the dry season (mid-April to August), when temperatures drop at night; the hot season (September to mid-November), the best time to see wildlife and the wet season (mid-November to mid-April).
Average monthly temperature (°C)
English and Bemba.
Zambian kwacha (ZMK).
British citizens require a valid passport to visit Zambia. Visas can be obtained on arrival for USD 50 (single entry) and USD 80 (double entry) for stays of up to 90 days. Zambia is a tropical country and several vaccines are sensible (typhoid, polio, hepatitis, tetanus and possibly meningitis C). Malaria is common; you should take antimalarials.
The easiest and most direct flights from London are to fly to Lusaka with British Airways. These flights depart from Heathrow on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, arriving in Lusaka the following morning. Average journey times are 10 hours and 10 minutes. The distance from London, UK to Zambia is roughly 4899 miles.
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