Lower Zambezi anyone?

Hello, anyone going out of their comfort zone and doing the Lower Zambezi canoe safari on the 3rd November?

Yep I will be heading on this trip with you. Heading down from Manchester to meet the flight.

I have done a couple of safaris and canoe trips before but this will be fun.

 

This is all provided I survive Kilimanjaro trip starting Friday this week though.

Great. I'm flying out a couple of days beforehand so will meet everyone in Lusaka. I am really looking forward to it despite not being very experienced in the art of canoeing :-)

Have a great time doing Kilimanjaro!

 

John

Thanks

They will be 2 person trapper style canoes so don't worry - gentle paddling not dragon boat racing. I've paddled in the Okavango and is lush and relaxing pace.

You will pick it up in no time at all just waterproof the kit and look at nosilife / mosquito sprays. The sunsets will be breathtaking

Gentle paddling is the way to go. It will be a whole year since i was in Costa Rica so relaxation is definately in order as well.

Hi everyone

I'm going on the lower Zambezi canoe trip too!

 

Are you going to organise visas online or at the airport?

 

We are travelling for a week after the trip (Victoria falls) so need a KAZA visa https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/

 

Also, we noticed that there may or may not be a $25 departure fee (Have emailed exodus to check):

"On leaving Zambia, all air passengers must pay a departure tax of US$25. Although this is normally included in the cost of an air ticket you will be asked to pay separately in Zambian Kwacha if it is not. With effect from 1 January 2011 the National Airports Corporation has added a Security Charge to all departing passengers payable at all NACL airports. The cost is US $3 per person per sector for domestic flights and US $5 per person for international flights. Fees must be paid in Kwacha but is also included in the ticket price."

Does anybody know any more about this or have any advice?

Hi everyone

I'm going on the lower Zambezi canoe trip too!

 

Are you going to organise visas online or at the airport?

 

We are travelling for a week after the trip (Victoria falls) so need a KAZA visa https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/

 

Also, we noticed that there may or may not be a $25 departure fee (Have emailed exodus to check):

"On leaving Zambia, all air passengers must pay a departure tax of US$25. Although this is normally included in the cost of an air ticket you will be asked to pay separately in Zambian Kwacha if it is not. With effect from 1 January 2011 the National Airports Corporation has added a Security Charge to all departing passengers payable at all NACL airports. The cost is US $3 per person per sector for domestic flights and US $5 per person for international flights. Fees must be paid in Kwacha but is also included in the ticket price."

Does anybody know any more about this or have any advice?

Good to meet you Lynn.

I am flying in a couple of days earlier and land into Lusaka at 1.30am so i think i might look at applying for visa online.

I am spending a couple of days in Lusaka afterwards and fly down to Livingstone for a few days on the Monday.

As far as i am aware the departure tax and bits are built into my air ticket.

See you soon :-)

Jonnie

I have also checked the below with our Aviation team (sorry for the delay), and 26.80CB departure tax is included in the ticket price

Well back from Kili and 15 years after first climb it hasn't got easier. But job done.

I will get my visa at the airport as I do in most of Africa, but with the KAZA it is sometimes unavailable on arrival or Zimbabwe in particular finds interesting ways in which your papers are not quite right and you have to pay a 'fine'. Ask for a receipt and mysteriously your paperwork is in perfect order.

If want the KAZA I'd get it in advance, also make sure you have yellow fever cert and a photocopy in case you lose original booklet while away.

Going to be a great trip

Hey Phill, the area we are visiting is listed as a yellow fever no/ low-risk area and not required .. are you saying that we definitely need to get one sorted? So much conflicting information online!..

Cheers

There isn't currently a mandatory innoculation in place but showing it can make life easier. Group are flying in from Ethiopia and I know I have had a row proving my layover was less than 12 hrs they required with the folks in Zimbabwe many years ago. Again is purely a way of extracting a fine or playing the game. The comment was aimed at Zimbabwe visitors.

However a flight connection problem and that 12 hr rule comes into play - I spent 6 hrs in Addis coming back from Kili this time as scheduled.

You should be fine for this trip but pay attention to connections and stopovers in Africa / South America as well as your end destination. For instance a couple of yrs back after being in Zambia you couldn't visit South Africa without one in same trip - SA viewed Zambia as a potential risk ( I think it changed 2 yrs ago to allow entry again) but NHS didn't.

More importantly if you are going to be heading to Africa more than once then get it at later date - one jab lasts lifetime. 

Right hopefully that covers it - you do not require a YFV but it is generally a good idea for the future

Great advice, cheers Phill.

Just one last thing take it from someone who has enjoyed having luggage arrive late. Pack everything you can't live without for 48hrs / 3 days in your daysack. So t-shirts, socks, headtorch and camera bits.

We will need to do a grab and go for the first 3 days anyway so maybe have a separate drybag in your duffel that you can take of any extras too. Then you can pull that out out of the duffel before it goes to the fly camp and you are set.

Any of you on the Ethiopian Airlines flight out of Heathrow?

How many are we?

See you in a few weeks

thanks for all the advice. I am flying out a couple of days beforehand so will be missing all you guys on the group flight. Will meet you all at the airport i guess. I am travelling on my own - how about you guys?

 

See you soon.

Just me - travelling to group flight from Manchester.

Although last two trips I have missed group flights and been stranded on a glacier in Svalbard due to storms - I think I must have annoyed Thor God of Thunder somehow.

Assuming I am on the flight to Addis I have a Pudsey bear hanging off whatever daysack I bring.

OK, so now I'm thinking - get the KAZA visa in advance [for those travelling onwards to Zimbabwe] and make sure I have my yellow fever certificate. Also, note to self, stay close to Phill - he knows what he's doing!

Well it's a nice thought but you may want to rethink the staying close and know what I'm doing idea - they used to run a deadpool on me because of my idea of adventure. I've just travelled a bit.

As say yellow fever is not mandatory - but if you get one take a photo of the cert number on your phone in case the little yellow booklet gets lost. That way the NHS has a copy of the details you can hand them and if there's any argument in a country you can produce something, just not the original.

KAZA / Univisa if they don't have you just pay a little extra for the two visas so as said up to you. Just be aware sometimes they don't have it available in Zim, don't now the situation recently in Zambia but expect same, more so at road borders.

You will be fine, don't let these last minute things get you apprehensive this is going to be a fun trip. 

its all go isnt it :-). Have decided visa on arrival (even though my arrival into Lusaka will be 1.30am (not on group flight). Normal visa as i am not travelling into Zimbabwe - just heading to Livingstone on the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. No YFC as i am just transferring in Nairobi for (hopefully 2 hours only). already have plans for the backpack to take to the initial campsite. No pudsey bear but thinking of something else suitable :-)  I think i am as prepared as i can be :-) Just need to be prepared for the sunshine and the temperatures (factor 50 sunscreen already bought to protect my poor fair redheaded skin i have) - ha ha. Looking forward to meeting you all at Lusaka airport when your flight is due in on the 3rd.

Hi guys, we're also on the trip!

Enjoyed reading all of the advice so far :)

We (Hannah and Mark) are also travelling down from Manchester to meet the group flight, so we'll keep an eye out for Pudsey Bear!

We're just going to do visa on arrival.

See you all soon!

Hi Hannah & Mark

Yep look forward to meeting you either in Manchester or on the group flight.

As said Manchester to Heathrow connection is sometimes a pain so pack super essentials in the daysack in case and even if they are crowded and want to stick bags in hold tell them all your malaria tabs, etc... are in there and can't be delayed - they should pick someone else.

Not long now folks looking forward to ditching my desk for a bit and going Steve Backshall again.

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