Traveller Tips

02 July 2018 | Tourism

· Remember that in this part of the country cash is still very much king, so make sure to bring enough. That said, apart from the towns, change seems to be a commodity (especially when buying curios or something at a local market) which means don’t only have those purple 200 dollar notes in your wallet.

· Most accommodation in the region is accessible by 2x4, but going into parks, especially the Kwando Core Area, Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara, going in with anything but a 4x4 should not be tried. Game drives into the parks are offered by all lodges, which will ensure you get to enjoy the beauty of the parks no matter what vehicle you drive.

· Always make sure to have enough fuel and water when entering the above mentioned parks, as there are no facilities within the parks, cell phone reception is limited and some tracks can be difficult to navigate. Enquire when paying park fees which areas are accessible and safe to drive.

· The Zambezi Region is a high risk malaria area; ensure that you take the appropriate precautions.

· The dry season is from April to October with cold nights but pleasant temperatures during the day. The wet season lasts from November to March and apart from regular rain showers, temperatures can easily go into the late thirties and even over 40 degrees Celsius. Therefore make sure to pack suitably.

· Always respect all wildlife in the parks, especially the elephants. Make sure to give elephants enough space when viewing and keep an eye on the body behaviour, rather leave if they seem agitated. Even being mock charged by these huge beasts can be a very scary experience. And of course, they deserve to have some peace from us too.

· The biggest towns to fill up with fuel and get some supplies are Divundu, Kongola and Katima Mulilo, plan your trip fuel usage accordingly.

What to Do

· Buy local crafts and curios, especially from local communities and smaller stores.

The region has a large variety of handmade crafts that differ somewhat from area to area. Some are sold next to the road, others are in curio shops like the Big Five Craft Workshop, Sheshe Crafts and Mashi Crafts Trading Post.

· Visit the Katima Mulilo Market.

Buy some fresh fish caught on the great Zambezi, fresh produce from the area or just browse the stalls for some curios or a colourful sitenges. Remember to always be respectful when taking photos and ask for permission first.

· Go fishing

The rivers in the area offer some excellent fishing, especially for the famous tiger fish and some big bream. Even if you have had no experience - try it - it is easy!

· Take a boat cruise

One of the great things about staying at one of the lodges situated on the banks of one of the four rivers is booking a cruise to explore the water. This provides for great views of hippos, crocs and other animals living close to the water as well as excellent opportunities for bird viewing.

· Guided walks

Go on a walking safari with a guide into a national park. This gives guests a bush and game viewing experience like no other.

· Birding

With over an abundance of bird species, the area is heaven for twitchers. Whether or not you consider yourself a birder, be sure to pack your bird guide as it is loads of fun to identify all the weird and wonderful birds of the area.

· Get cultured

Learn how about the different tribes of the area and how they once lived. Mafwe Living Museum and Namushasha Heritage Centre. In these living museums you see and experience the daily life of people in the area a hundred years ago

· Livingstone Museum

Visit the small unassuming museum set just outside of Nkasa Rupara that commemorates the great explorer.

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