General Information for Expedition: Zambia
Location: Ndola, Zambia, Africa.
Accommodations: Hosted family accommodations are common housing options, with additional housing being other rented houses or small hotel accommodations. Showers, baths, flush toilets (a luxury in rural Zambia) and filtered water on site are included.
Activities: During our free time, participants enjoy downtime with locals and other team members, and cultural experiences unique to Africa and Zambia.
Trip Length: Varies. Contact your uReach trip coordinator.
Travel: In most cases, participants will purchase their own travel to Ndola, Zambia with the assistance of their assigned uReach trip coordinator. We are here to help. Tickets should only be purchased after clearing travel times and routes with us. uReach can arrange group ticketing when necessary, but this can be more expensive. Travel arrangements to Africa can be very complex and expensive, so flexibility may be key to affordability. Don’t worry, we’ll help you.
Participants will be picked up by local hosts for ground transportation to their accommodations.
Currency: The country’s official currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW), but US dollars are also widely accepted. Most sizable towns have ATM’s that accept foreign cards. You can obtain cash (kwacha) at ATM’s accepting Visa or MasterCard such as Barclays Bank, Stanbic, and Standard Chartered banks in the cities and larger towns. Some shops and restaurants accept major credit cards. Visa is the most readily recognized. A surcharge of 4% to 7% may be added to your bill if you pay with a credit card. It’s also worth noting that payment by credit card requires a PIN to authorize the transaction.
Language: English is the official language, and is widely spoken, but is a second language to most Zambians, who speak more than 70 tribal languages. Bemba is the first language to most people in Ndola. You can learn some key phrases here.
Climate: The hot season lasts for 2 months, from September 13 to November 11, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is October 15, with an average high of 93°F and low of 64°F. The cool season lasts for 7.3 months, from December 21 to July 29, with an average daily high temperature below 80°F. The coldest day of the year is July 2, with an average low of 48°F and high of 76°F.
Travel Documents: ALL trip participants MUST have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 90 days past the trip date.
Visas are required. uReach will assist all participants with visa requirements. The cost of a visa is currently $80 (USD) and is paid directly by the participant.
What’s included in the price of the trip: Your trip cost includes ground transport from the Ndola Airport (unless otherwise specified), all meals, purified water, construction materials/tools for projects, trip leaders, recreational activities, and leadership training.