FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below you will find answers on questions we often get from our guests. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
When to come to Zambia?
Track and Trail River Camp is open all year round
South Luangwa National Park is located in the Southern end of the Great Rift Valley, Zambia. Together with North Luangwa National Park and Luambe National Park it is known as the Luangwa Valley. The South Luangwa National park is accessible all year around and known for its high population of leopards as well as large herds of elephant and great numbers of hippo’s and crocodiles in the river.
According to most travel guides the best time to go on safari is the dry season from April to January, especially from September when the animals will gather around water holes and rivers. This period is also the easiest time to travel, The winter nights – in June and July – are cool and sometimes cold, with warm and pleasant temperatures during daytime. October is the hottest month in Zambia, so be prepared for temperatures of over 40C.
The emerald or rainy season starts in November up to early April. Due to an abundance of water, wildlife is scattered during this time of the year and although the landscape is absolutely stunning with all vegetation being lush and green, the density of the vegetation makes it also less easy to spot animals. On the other hand, birdwatching is now at its best. In the emerald season the weather is variable with occasional rains in November and December. In one day, you can have bright sunshine and heavy downpours and fortunately the rain does not usually last long. However a disadvantage of traveling in the emerald season is that dirt roads could become impassable. The peak of the rainy season occurs from January to end of March, with short heavy rainstorms mainly at night.
Highlights per Season
January – April
Temperature: The peak of the rainy season with brief, heavy rainstorms
Highlights: Luangwa River Safaris by boat – birding safaris – most predators to be found near the roads – breeding season impala
May – August
Temperature: Cool and dry (coolest month is June)
Highlights: high concentrations of wildlife around lagoons and river
September – October
Temperature: Warm and dry
Highlights: high concentrations of various animals around the lodge and the Luangwa River – breeding season of carmine bee-eaters
November – December
Temperature: Warm with occasional showers.
Highlights: birding safaris – peak season of birth for many antilope species and other mammals
During the “green season” there are slightly fewer flights but these aim to connect with incoming BA, KLM and SAA flights from London, Nairobi and Johannesburg respectively.
Arrival from abroad
Arrival by air from within
Track and Trail River Camp is a 40 minutes drive from the Airport and we organize transfers to and from the airport. We are happy to help you with flight arrangements within Zambia or from Malawi.
Arrival by road from within
Lusaka to Chipata will take around 7-8 hours depending on how fast you drive. The road conditions have improved considerably the last few years. From Chipata to Mfuwe (South Luangwa National Park) will take you around 3 hours. The road is in reasonable state at present and the road is being tarred. South Luangwa National Park is approximately 5-6 hours from Lusaka.
Airport Departure Taxes:
Is included in your ticket costs are domestic and sometimes international airport departure taxes. On domestic flights, tax is $8 per person payable in US dollars or Zambian kwacha. On international flights out of Lusaka, departure tax is $25 per person, payable in US dollars cash only. Out of Lilongwe on an international flight, departure tax is $25 per person, payable in US dollars cash only.
The current Zambian visa rates are as follows: British Passport holders – Single entry $ 50 / Multiple entry $ 80,-.
Most other passport holders: Single entry $ 50 / Multiple entry $ 80,-.
This information is subject to change, please contact us or your local consulate or embassy for updated information.
Things to bring along:
- Neutral color shirts – blouses – light cotton tops and cotton trousers
- Shirts with long sleeves to protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes
- Trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Walking shoes – socks – flipflops – casual footwear (teva’s)
- Windproof jacket, jumper or fleece for morning and evening drives
- Light compact raincoat during the rainy season * swim suit – shorts- light skirt
- Hat – sunscreen – sunblock – sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Camera/video camera, extra batteries, memory cards charging devices
- Adaptor (three pin square British style plug is used in Zambia)
- Torch – binoculars
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year and layers are most practical for the fluctuating day and night temperatures in Zambia.