Located in Southern Africa, Zambia is home of the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the only one in Africa. The country enjoys a tropical climate – offering a ‘passport’ to sunshine all year round. With an estimated population of 19.3 million (June 2022 EST.), Zambia is a country at peace with itself and its neighbours with 73 different ethnic tribes all living in harmony. Zambia is divided into 10 regions referred to as provinces, each with an administrative capital. Each province is endowed with natural tourism resources. Politically, Zambia has been the envy of the world with its thriving democracy characterised by peaceful elections. The smooth and peaceful transition of power from one government to the other has not only made Zambia a role model but also makes it attractive for foreign investment. With a GDP annual growth rate averaging 5% (2015), Zambia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
Zambia is the birthplace of the Great Zambezi River (Kalene Hills), Africa’s fourth largest river, whose 2,700-kilometre journey gives life to the Victoria Falls in Livingstone and Lake Kariba in Siavonga, meandering in a total of 6 countries before forming a delta and releasing into the Indian Ocean. Zambia is an award winning destination with a list of accolades : most peaceful country in Africa (Global Peace Index (2015), in the Top 10 of the 50 destinations that will be ‘hot’ in the next 10 years (Business Insider ), top three fastest growing destinations in the world (UNWTO), surprising places billionaires would like to visit in 2016/2017 (Forbes Magazine 2016), second most attractive destination for French travellers in 2016 (Liloga.com), 11 amazing ways to experience Africa from the air (CNN.com), Top 10 Best swimming pools in the world-the ‘Devils pool’ (Trip Advisor)
Courtesy of Zambia Tourism Agency – https://www.zambia.travel/
Zambia has three distinct seasons. December to April: warm and wet, May to August: cool and dry. September to November: hot and dry. Average temperatures in summer (September to November) range from 25 degrees C to 35 degrees C and in winter from 6 degrees C to 24 degrees C. Extreme hot days are usually experienced in the month of October.
The weather in Zambia in September (Month of the Instititute) is hot. Usually the days in September are hot while the nights are a bit cooler. There shouldn’t be any rainy days in Zambia during September
The Kwacha (ZMW) is the local currency. There are coins denominated in 5n, 10n, 50n and K1 while paper notes are in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.
There is no limit to the importation of foreign currency, provided it is declared on arrival through a currency declaration form.
Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take both debit and credit cards – Visa and Mastercard.
The most commonly used plug type in Zambia is Type G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Zambia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
The Host Organising Committee (HOC) will provide shuttles from the Airport to the Institute Participating Hotels as well as from these hotels to the Institute Venue. Delegates are encouraged to download locally used Hail Cab Apps called Yango and Ulendo before departure from your countries of origin.