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VISA AND TRAVEL

Most visitors do require a visum, which is obtainable upon arrival at the airport for 50 USD. Please let us know which nationality you have then we will check if a visa is required.

Malaria – we recommend that visitors to Zambia take malaria prophylactics, although its not particularly prevalent in Kafue National Park.

Tetanus, polio, typhoid and the hepatitis vaccinations are recommended.

It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of emergency and for your own peace of mind bring a couple of spare syringe needles with you

Guests need a full valid passport to enter Zambia.

CLIMATE

May: Our emerald season, with sometimes heavy rains, and limited acces to our game-loops. However, the rainy season does have its own attraction: Fifty Shades of Green and often very clear skies, since all the dust will be gone. Ideal for photographers, birders and whilst game is sometimes harder to see, because of the tall grass, its still out there, and regular sightings of lions and elephants are common.

June - August: The bush has dried up and all of our loops have become accessible again. Plenty of game all around. It's our coolest season. Temperatures down to 20-285 degrees in the day but sometimes even freezing at night.

September - December: It quickly warms up to up to about 30-35 degrees, but with the lodge being on the river, there is always a refreshing wind available. With the park almost completely dried up, game sightings are abundant, often even from the deck of your tent, when big herds of elephant come drinking at the river-edge. Clear blue skies during the day and starry nights abound.

We have recently installed a Live Weather Station visit the link below:

Live Weather Updates for Ila

WHAT TO BRING

Safari wear (long/short trousers, long/short sleeved shirts, in neutral colours (khaky), Hat, T-shirts, Light jumper (if you come in the cooler season), Walking boots, Prescription drugs, Toiletries bag, At least two good books, Spare glasses/sunglasses/contact lenses, Sunscreen protection, After sun if you forget the sunscreen!

Please note that if you would fly in, your weight allowance on the light aircraft is 15kg and soft bags must be used. It is always advisable to pack in your hand luggage a change of clothes and anything you may require on a daily basis whilst away, just in case your luggage is misplaced en- route. It is advisable to make sure that you have full travel insurance whilst travelling in Africa.

GETTING THERE

To get to Zambia’s main airport, Lusaka International Airport, there is a wide variety of global airlines flying in on a daily base via Addis (Ethiopean) Dubai (Emirates), Nairobi (KLM-Kenya Airways), Johannesburg (AF-KLM, British Airways, SAA).From Lusaka, Ila Safari Lodge is a one hour chartered flight or 3 hour drive, organized by the lodge.

MALARIA IN THE KAFUE

Malaria is not prevalent in this region, the main reason being simply that there are so few people within the park. To catch malaria you need a mosquito to bite you which has previously bitten an infected person. Because of the lack of population this is unlikely. However, it is advisable to take a prophylaxis while travelling to many places in Africa including the Kafue area. Malaria Test kits are kept on site as well as at a nearby clinic (30 mins).

THE TSETSE FLY

Tsetse flies are prevalent in the Kafue but provide a natural barrier against encroachment for the park. They carry no disease for humans (only domestic animals) and are more harmless than mosquitos. For your comfort we advise you wear light colours and particularly avoid blue and black as these flies are attracted to dark objects. It is for this reason our vehicles are all painted a light sand colour!