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.
Track & Trail River Camp is open almost all year round. (we close 15 January till 15 March)
South Luangwa National Park is located at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley in 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 round and is known for its large population of leopards, as well as herds of elephants, and great numbers of hippos and crocodiles.
According to most travel guides, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season (April to November), especially from September, when animals gather around water holes and rivers. This period is also the easiest time to travel – winter nights (in June and July) are cool, sometimes even cold, with warm, pleasant temperatures during the day. October is the hottest month in Zambia, so be prepared for temperatures of over 40°C.
The emerald or rainy season starts in November and lasts until 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 lush green vegetation, the density of foliage makes it less easy to spot animals. On the other hand, birdwatching is now at its best. The weather is variable, with occasional rain in November and December. The peak of the rainy season occurs from January to the end of March, with short heavy rainstorms, mainly at night. One disadvantage of travelling during the emerald season is that dirt roads can become impassable.
Weather: The peak of the rainy season, with brief, heavy rainstorms.
Highlights: Luangwa River boat safaris, bird safaris, most predators to be found near the roads, breeding season for impala.
Weather: Cool and dry (coolest month is June).
Highlights: High concentrations of wildlife around lagoons and river.
Weather: Warm and dry.
Highlights: High concentrations of animals around the lodge and the Luangwa River, breeding season for carmine bee-eaters.
Weather: Warm, with occasional showers.
Highlights: Bird safaris, peak birthing season for many antelope species and other mammals.
Flight schedules change regularly, especially in this part of the world, so although this information is correct at time of publication, please check with the airline or us for the most up-to-date information before planning your safari.
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.
International arrivals into Zambia can be made through Lusaka (Zambia’s main international airport), Livingstone and Mfuwe. Both Lusaka and Livingstone have daily scheduled flights from international airlines.
Track & Trail River Camp is a 40-minute drive from the airport, and we organise transfers to and from the airport. We are happy to help you with flight arrangements within Zambia or from Malawi.
Driving from Lusaka to Chipata takes around seven to eight hours. The road conditions have improved considerably over the last few years. From Chipata to Mfuwe (South Luangwa National Park) takes around three hours. The road is in a reasonable state at present and is tarred from Lusaka all the way to Mfuwe. South Luangwa National Park is approximately nine to ten hours from Lusaka.
Domestic and, where applicable, international airport departure taxes are included in your ticket costs. 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. On an international flight out of Lilongwe, departure tax is $25 per person, payable in US dollars cash only.
The baggage limit for local flights is 23 kg, check-in luggage plus 5kg hand luggage – www.proflight-zambia.com.We offer a laundry service, so there is no need to pack too much. For any special rates, like the fire-cracker rate, the baggage limit is 15 kg check-in plus 5 kg hand luggage
Passports must be valid for six months from the date of entry, and must contain at least two blank pages.
On arrival into Zambia, you enter through Lusaka, Livingstone or Mfuwe (South Luangwa National Park). Visas are required by nationals of most foreign countries, and the relevant information can be obtained from your nearest Zambian Embassy or Consulate. However, most travellers obtain their visa at the airport immigration desk, just before collecting their luggage.
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.
Zambia is regarded as a malaria area, therefore proper prevention, by way of antimalarial medication, is recommended. There are many different strains of malaria requiring specific medication, so please consult your doctor for the correct type. You may also require proof of yellow fever and other vaccinations, so please make sure these are up to date. The South Luangwa area is very fortunate to have a western doctor available; if necessary, the doctor can be called out for our guests, at a fee. This medical programme is sponsored by the lodges in the area.
The local currency is the Zambian kwacha. You can change euros and US dollars at any bank or bureau de change. Credit cards are accepted within Lusaka, Livingstone and most of the safari lodges. However, outside these areas it is best to use cash. In general, Visa and Master is more widely accepted. ATM machines can be used for cash withdrawals. Banking hours are 08.15-14.30 Monday to Friday, and 08.15-10.30 on the first and last Saturday of the month.
- Neutral colour shirts or blouses, light cotton tops and cotton trousers
- Long-sleeved shirts to protect you from the sun and mosquitoes
- Trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Walking shoes, socks, flip-flops, casual footwear
- Windproof jacket, jumper or fleece for morning and evening drives
- Light compact raincoat during the rainy season
- Swimming costume or trunks
- Shorts or light skirt
- Hat, sunscreen, sunblock, sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Camera/video camera, extra batteries, memory cards and charging devices
- Adaptor (three-pin square British-style plug is used in Zambia)
- Torch and binoculars
Generally, casual comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year, and layers are most practical for the fluctuating day and night temperatures in Zambia.