Flying to Zambia...no plans, no idea
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 5, 2013 12:13 PM Last Post By: nathalie2
May 3, 2013 4:50 PM
Flying to Zambia...no plans, no ideaHey All,
My boyfriend and I are travelling for 17 days during July in Zambia/ Zimbabwe. None of us has been in Africa before, even though we are both quite big travelers (Tim is a big Asia fun and spent lots of time- should I say years?- in India and Thailand)...The whole trip was agreed after a lot of pressure from me as i am really fun of wildlife and was my dream for years....
So, we bought our tickets from London to Lusaka couple of weeks ago but haven't really done anything more. We are flying on 6 th of July and have two and a half full weeks to travel around. We don't mind to rent a car or camp, even though I would prefer to stay in a place that I can have a shower. I am 34 and Tim is 37 years old, so we are not that youngsters anymore. Having said that, we don't like the packaged holidays and we want to really explore on our own a country.We chose to fly to Zambia because couple of people, including an article in the Guardian were saying that Zimbabwe is the place to go for a pure, fantastic, less commercial and touristy than SA, cheaper and in general "different experience" place to be for safari!!
As I said we haven't planned anything except of the flights from London. Nothing on the itinerary, accommodation, flights or rent a car....anything! But where do we book or rent a car? what is cheaper, safer or more convenient? Any tips, suggestions, recommendations would be much appreciated!
Where should we go, how should we go, where should we change money, how to cross borders, how to make sure that we are safe, where to eat or sleep.....anything really!
As I said, my first priority is to see animals..but of course we would like to see the Victoria falls or some other cultural/beautiful sites.
Budget is always an issue but I understand this is Africa! I dont want to end up with cholera, so I'll pay a bit more to have some luxury! Any indications on the budget and how much we are expected to spend per day will also be helpful...
So here you go...we are virgins and we need help!!
May 3, 2013 5:08 PM
May 4, 2013 7:24 AM
2Although just going with the flow works very well in Africa, that works best if you have plenty of time.
With just 2.5 weeks, I think you do need to plan a bit before you go, or you could well end up spending all your time messing about in Lusaka.
It's certainly a good idea to have somewhere booked for at least the first couple of nights, and an airport pickup will save you trying to haggle with taxi drivers after a long flight.
Your questions Where should we go, how should we go, where should we change money, how to cross borders, how to make sure that we are safe, where to eat or sleep..... can be answered by reading a guide book. Borrow from a library if you don't want to buy.
Have a read, then come back with more specific questions once you've got a bit more information about the area you'll be visiting - for instance, folk here will happily compare a trip to S Luangwa with Hwange, but aren't going to bother writing about every possible safari experience - you need to narrow it down a bit!
May 5, 2013 11:57 AM
May 5, 2013 12:13 PM
4above posters are quite right, read a guide book first and come back with more specific questions.
2.5 weeks is not a lot, so i wouldnt try to fit in too much.
if you are interested in seeing wildlife, south luangwa national park is an absolute must. you can travel there with a rented 4x4, or fly from lusaka to mfuve with proflight, and you can also go by public transport (the cheapast but most time consuming way to get there). just outside of the gate, flatdogs is a good place to stay at, its quite cheap (for SLNP).
lusaka is in my opinion mostly a gateway and not a place to stay for days. depending on when you flight gets in, and where you are going from there, you might need to spend a night. pioneer lodge outside the city is a very nice place.
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