Stay Safe in Zambia
Women should not go to bars alone themselves. Men should also refrain from buying drinks for Zambian women they meet in clubs since this is an invitation to stay the night.
The majority of the nation is under a 10 p.m. curfew. If you’re caught on the street after 10 p.m., you’ll be arrested.
Due to the depreciation of the Kwacha, purchasing goods frequently requires fistfuls of cash. Flashing money should be avoided at all costs.
While it is possible to obtain a decent exchange rate from a street money changer (though you should utilize banks if feasible), you should avoid changing money with gangs of guys. They’re most likely con artists.
Zambians are, on the whole, pleasant people. However, like in any area, be cautious while walking late at night, particularly if you’ve had too much to drink. There are few lighting, and many residents are impoverished.
While driving after dark, carjacking is also a possibility.
For additional protection, many lodgings feature electric fences, gates, and guards. You may do so before making a reservation.
Zambia’s president, Rupiah Banda, has made corruption widespread. You shouldn’t expect the cops to be of much help to you. You may expect to be charged if you need to record a report for insurance reasons. If you make an allegation or express a suspect to a local, the individual against whom you file the complaint may be questioned and assaulted by the cops. It would be interesting to watch whether the situation improves under incoming President Michael Sata.
Stay Healthy in Zambia
Drinking tap water in cities may be dangerous unless you (a) have a strong stomach or (b) are at a restaurant or hotel that caters to tourists. If none of these criteria apply to you, you should generally stick to bottled water, boiling water, or chlorine pills (avoid local bottled water since this may just be bottled tap water).
In 2012, the HIV infection rate among adults was estimated to be 12.4%. Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity.
Zambia is a malaria-prone nation. Make every attempt to cover exposed skin with clothes or insect repellant, especially around night. In addition, malaria prophylaxis is strongly advised.
Yellow fever is no longer an issue in Zambia, with the exception of the far west near the Congolese border. Many nations may need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if they learn you’ve visited Zambia, so be vaccinated at least 10- 14 days ahead of time.
All tourists entering Zambia should have the typhoid and hepatitis B vaccinations.