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Welcome to Kariba


The largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Kariba is a popular excursion for tourists in Zambia staying in Victoria Falls and Livingstone. A number of game and safari parks ring the lake on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides, and tour operators offer a number of water activities such as boat and pontoon cruises. Lake Kariba is an excellent place to see wildlife like crocodiles, hippos, zebra and buffalo. The facilities around the lake are good, offering entertainment centred around the casino and hotel complexes.

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 month.

Local time in Zambia is GMT +2.
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