Travel tips and FAQs
All you need to know to plan for a safari with the Bushcamp Company. Travel safely!
Dress at all of our camps is informal. We recommend light weight clothes such as T-shirts and shorts in a variety of dull, neutral colours (khaki, brown, green, grey). A light weight jacket is recommended and in June, July and August, a warm jumper or fleece jacket for the cold morning and night drives is a must. We do NOT recommend you wear blue or black, as this attracts tsetse flies, while bright colours, especially white, can stand out to animals & may be dangerous. Comfortable, closed walking shoes are also recommended. Mfuwe Lodge & all our Bushcamps have a complimentary daily laundry service so there is no need to bring too much (towels are also provided).
Other items to consider…
A hat or cap and sunglasses
Torch (highly recommended)
Batteries and spare memory card for your camera
Good binoculars (essential!)
Electricity & WiFi
All camps have charging facilities for camera batteries, phones etc. These are limited as they run from solar power or generators. At Mfuwe Lodge, 220 volts electricity is available from the national grid. Throughout Zambia three-pin square ‘British’ plug sockets are used.
None of the Bushcamps have WiFi, but a limited service is available at Mfuwe Lodge and the Director’s House.
Our chefs are fantastic and able to cater for most dietary requirements. Please kindly notify your safari agent when booking and inform the camp manager upon arrival.
Even though our camps are remote, we can handle minor mishaps, with many of our staff trained first aiders. The safari operators in the Luangwa sponsor a Western doctor to be available in Mfuwe, who can offer medical advice (for a small fee). In the event of a serious accident, Johannesburg in South Africa is the only option for immediate high care evacuation. Please ensure that you have adequate medical insurance to cover this.
Vaccinations & medication
It is advisable to take anti-malarial medication when visiting Zambia. There are various suggested vaccinations, but please seek the advice of a medical professional before departure. Please bring sufficient stocks of prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Money & currency
US Dollars and the local currency – the Zambian Kwacha – are accepted throughout Zambia. Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros can be changed in Lusaka and Mfuwe Airports, and Zambian Kwacha can be drawn from the ATM machines also at these Airports. At the Bushcamp Company, we accept payment by MasterCard or Visa, but we strongly advise that you carry a supply of cash with you on your trip.
*Please note that that US dollar bills with any sort of tears or marks are not legal tender, nor are the pre-2006 ‘small-headed’ bills. It is advisable to bring a range of US Dollar note denominations ($5 to $100) with you on safari. It is currently not possible to purchase Kwacha outside of Zambia.
All of our properties are served by very deep boreholes, and the water from the tap tastes great and is perfectly safe to drink. We also have drinking water available in the rooms at all of our properties.