Information & Facts
There are over 73 dialects spoken in Zambia, but the
official language is English. All business is in English and most
Zambians speak it fairly well.
The Zambian currency is the Kwacha (ZMK), divided into 100
ngwee, but the coins are now worthless and seldom used. It is best
to bring travellers cheques, US Dollars or Pounds Sterling which
can be exchanged at the many bureaux de change found in the main
towns. While most of the tourist hotels, restaurants, travel agents
and larger shops, especially in Lusaka and Livingstone, accept
credit cards many outlets in the rural areas do not and deal only
in local currency. ATMs are available in Lusaka and some of the
major towns. Banking hours vary but are usually 8.30am to 2.30pm on
weekdays and mornings of the first and last Saturday of the
Local time in Zambia is GMT +2.