Pilatus Engineering Co Ltd, Land Rover, Plot 2319 Leopards Hill Road, Lusaka.
Tel: +260 211 260 896.
Coordinates: S15 26.894 E28 22.404
Oil service plus a general check over; rear radius arm bolt (rearmost, offside) replaced.
Being a franchised garage they charged land Rover prices!
Zambia at 752,000 km2 (UK 243,000 km2) is 1½ times bigger than France. It has a population of 12,900,000 (UK 62,000,000) and a population density of 17.2 per km2 (UK 255 per km2).
A landlocked country bordered by: Angola for 1,110 kms; Democratic Republic of the Congo for 1,930 kms; Malawi for 837 kms; Mozambique for 419 kms; Namibia for 233 kms; Tanzania for 338 kms; Zimbabwe for 797 kms; and Botswana for less than 1 kms. Formerly Northern Rhodesia.
Low point = 329 metres on the Zambezi River: High point = 2,301 metres in the Mafinga Mountains in the north-east on the Malawian border.
Capital – Lusaka
English plus many other tribal languages
Entry issues: Passport with 6 months remaining and 2 blank pages.
30 day only Visa required by UK Nationals; single entry visa cost = US$50 each. (much reduced after earlier ‘politics’ increased it dramatically).Visa can be extended free of charge at any Immigration Office; should be done on last expiry day: we just handed over passports and asked for extension.
Kazungula ferry over the Zambezi = US$20 or R160. General tax: cost = Kw10000. ‘Tip’ for ‘helpers’, as agreed!
Border crossing: from Botswana over the Zambezi river at Kazungula was frenetic, long, stressful and difficult to comprehend first time with many forms to fill in and money to be handed over, compounded by the fact that each 'office' or counter was located in a different shack. Once all required forms and stamps etc. had been obtained, just as you thought you had finished and about to drive through gates, had to hand over all documents to another official who promptly disappeared. Another official came up to us and demanded the same documents and got very excited when we said we had handed over to someone else! It was all sorted in the end!
The exit into Tanzania at Nakonde/Tunduma border was quite challenging as well, especially as, having managed to get out of the country, the joys of the Tanzanian border were yet to be sampled!
Vehicle issues: Carnet de Passage required. Photo driving licence or international licence required.
Drive on left. Insurance, third party, cost = Kw375000 - this necessitated going through the border gate on foot to nearby various "offices" (shipping containers) and hoping they would let you back in! Carbon tax, depending upon engine size (ours: 2500cc) = Kw150,000; Road tax, depending upon distance to be travelled in country = US$10 to US$150
2 strips of white reflective tape on front bumper & 2 strips of red reflective tape on rear bumper. Service stations don’t appear to sell these tapes; got ours from a motoring shop in Livingstone. 2 warning triangles – strictly speaking they should be metal with reflective white on rear. Ours were checked and not challenged. Fire extinguisher required.
Keep all documents to hand, but secure, for frequent Police and Immigration checks that vary in enthusiasm from a wave through; to a warning triangle check; to a full document check! Very polite with no overt corruption.
Petrol and Diesel widely available at most towns and large villages. All garages are cash only, all attended and usually with a screen washer – small tip usual. As with all of Africa, will squeeze as much in as possible, usually leading to spills!
Average cost of diesel per litre = £0.75 (Varied between £0.71 & £0.80)
Banks; ATMs; Credit Cards
Some ATMs could be fickle but in the larger towns, particularly in the tourist areas, worked fine most of the time. Credit cards accepted in the larger supermarkets in the larger towns.
Telephones: International dialling code +260. Fairly good mobile coverage in towns and along major routes. We used Celtel & MTN although there are several providers. Cheap SIMs and top up cards widely available from street sellers.
Time (UTC = Coordinated Universal Time, equal to GMT) = UTC+02
Currency & UK£ rate at time of visit:
£1 = Kw7692 ~ 10,000 Kwacha = £1.20
Dates: 27th April 2009 to 24th May 2009
Zambian miles = 4408 miles (7053 kms)
Trip miles = 9632 miles (15411 kms)