Frequently asked questions about accommodation in Zimbabwe.
What kind of accommodation is available in Zambia?
Accommodation and safaris are graded on the quality and quantity of meals and things to do. From $60 to $700, you can enjoy meals and activities. Some of the activities have to be paid for separately. Please note that the level of luxury is according to the cost. For $60, this is basic accommodation and $250 or $300 will get you into a luxury lodge where you can see Africa's wild animals in their true habitat.
Regarding accommodation types, hotels have typical rooms and suites. Some of the rooms have twin beds, queen size beds or king size beds. On safari, you stay at bush lodges, safari lodges, tented lodges or tented camps. These lodges and camps will have anything from a basic two-man tent or a luxurious room or suite fit for a king.
The usual check-in times for hotels and lodges is 10am and check-out times are 2pm.
Is there an additional charge for solo travellers on Zambia safaris?
Hotels and lodges charge the room based on two persons per room. When someone travels on their own and wants private accommodation, the client pays the per person fee and the single supplement which is the charge for having the room to yourself.
Is Zambia a Family Friendly Destination?
In Zambia it all depends on where you go and what you want to do. Some lodges only cater for children above 12 years of age. At the end of the day, whether the lodge wants to accommodate young children is at the manager's discretion. For safety reasons children younger than five years of age cannot participate on game drives.
By enquiring with a travel consultant, you can find out what lodge/hotel or safari accommodates children. During wildlife activities children will be cared for and given their own activities by a child minder.
Please remember that Zambia is a malaria zone, and during the rainy season outbreaks of yellow fever and cholera may occur. As long as you and your children get inoculations and take the anti-malaria medication, it should be fine. However, please make sure to speak to your family doctor first, before departing on any trip to Zambia.
Is Zambia a Special Needs and Wheelchair friendly destination?
Even though Zambia is very well set-up for tourist, getting accommodation for physically challenged persons is not that easy. There are hotels in Victoria Falls which offer accommodation for physically challenged persons, and they can still enjoy the sensation of the shower of water from Victoria Falls.
Although accommodation can be arranged, make sure that all other arrangements are in order. Try and use one tourism operator for all your arrangements as they will make sure that you travel well and get to your hotel without too many problems.
Do Hotels and Lodges do Laundry?
Please note that while most hotels and lodges will offer a laundry service, if you are travelling on a low budget in Zambia, there are no coin operated laundry machines. Be prepared to hand wash and drip your laundry in that case. In most areas of Zambia you can hire someone to do it for you.