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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Campsite, dorm bed: US$8–20
  • Double room in a guesthouse: US$25–50
  • Local meal: US$2–10
  • Beer: US$2
  • Long-distance bus ticket: US$5–30
  • National park entrance: US$5–25
  • Wildlife drive or walk in national park: US$35–45
  • Double hotel room: US$80–200
  • Lunch and dinner in restaurants: US$10–25
  • Car/4WD rental: US$100–250
  • Lusaka–Mfuwe flight: US$150
  • Safari package with meals and activities: from US$250
Top end (more than)
  • Charter flight: from US$400
  • Car transfers: US$200
  • All-inclusive safari package: US$250–1100
  • Hotel room: US$250–400

The country's official currency is the Zambian kwacha (ZMW), but US dollars are also widely accepted. Most sizeable towns have ATMs that accept foreign cards.


  • Hotels The top-end lodges and camps often provide separate envelopes for staff and guides if guests should wish to tip.

  • Restaurants A 10% tip is hugely appreciated for good service, though if restaurants include a 10% service charge, an additional tip isn’t required.

  • Safari Guides & Drivers Around US$5 to US$10 to the driver and guide per day is appropriate, with a higher amount if you’re happy with their service, knowledge and guiding skills.