Practical information


Most visitors do require a visa, which is obtained 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.

Tetanus, polio, typhoid and 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.


Dry Season - May to October

May: In May the rain has slowed down, the ground is green, the bush is lush and there is still water everywhere. May begins the dry season in the South Luangwa.

June & July: In June the rain stops completely and makes way for South Luangwa's coolest months - temperatures during the day average around 28°C/82°F. Nights are cold and have average temperatures of around 11°C/52°F. Warm clothing for morning game drives is advisable.

August & September – The bush starts to dry out without the rainfall at this time of year and the Luangwa heat begins to kick in with daily temperatures of around 33°C/91°F.

October – With the heat usually up around 36°C/97°F October is the month that calls for the rain to cool things off. Mornings are lovely with temperatures of 20°C/68°F.

Wet Season - November to April

November – November temperatures average around 35°C/95°F. November is normally when the rains kick in full force to relieve the terrain for the extremely hot and dry spell. The sky often grey and hazy with incredible African thunderstorms on an occasional afternoon.

December, January, February & March – In these months daily temperatures average around 31°C/89°F. These are the wettest months with rain falling most days, although it rarely continues for the whole day.

April – An emerald delight in the park - still cool and green from the rain certainly a wonderful time to visit the South Luangwa to view lush beautiful landscapes.


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 traveling in Africa.


Access to Shawa Luangwa Camp is best by plane from Lusaka (1 hour) to Mfuwe Airport followed by a one-hour transfer drive into camp, of which the last 30 minutes is already into the stunning scenery of the Lupanda GMA.

From Lusaka:

BY AIR: Lusaka – Mfuwe Airport – 1 hour

BY ROAD: Lusaka – Luangwa – 9.5 hours


South Luangwa is in an area affected by malaria, so you need to talk to the clinic/doctor about antimalarials too. And plan on wearing long clothes in the evening and using mosquito repellent. Malaria Test kits are kept on site.