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What Else? – Getting Here

1. FIRST, GET YOURSELVES TO AFRICA!

Emirates fly every day of the week from Dubai to Lusaka.

Kenya Airways fly to Lusaka regularly via Nairobi.

Ethiopian Airways fly to Lusaka regularly via Addis Ababa

South African Airways fly daily from Johannesburg to Lusaka (and everyone flies to Johannesburg!!)

ONCE YOU’VE GOT TO LUSAKA, YOU CAN GET TO US BY PLANE OR BY ROAD:

2. INTERNAL FLIGHTS

There are daily flights from Lusaka and Livingstone to Mfuwe with Proflight Zambia. Please contact Jess for up-to-date information on schedules, availability, last-minute specials and to make your flight bookings as she is a booking agent for the airline. Once you get to Mfuwe, we can arrange airport transfers from the airport to Flatdogs (about 35 minutes by road).

Full fares are as follows but cheaper fares are also sometimes to be found!:

  • Lusaka to Mfuwe (in either direction) – US$296 pp (about an hour’s flight)
  • Livingstone to Mfuwe (in either direction) – US$466 pp (two 1 hour flights)
  • Livingstone to Lusaka (in either direction) – US$270 pp (about an hour’s flight)

During the “green season” (before May and after October) there are fewer flights but these aim to connect with incoming British Airways, South African Airways and Kenya Airways flights from London, Jo’burg and Nairobi respectively.

Nyassa Air Taxis provide a “seat in charter” rate for flights between Lilongwe and Mfuwe for US$320 pp for a minimum of 2 passengers.

Nyassa Air and Ulendo Air are starting new scheduled services between Lilongwe in Malawi and Mfuwe. There are daily flights in each direction connecting with most major long haul carriers (SA, KQ & ET). Seats cost US$250-$255 per person each way plus airport taxes (see below)

AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAXES

Not included in your Proflight ticket price are domestic airport departure taxes (unless you/we booked your tickets after March 1st 2013). For domestic flights, tax is US$11 per person payable in Zambian kwacha only. Most international airlines now include international departure tax in their ticket cost, but Zambezi Airlines is one exception. International departure tax is $25 per person, payable in US dollars, cash only. Out of Lilongwe to Mfuwe, international departure tax is US$30 per person, payable in US dollars cash only.

3. TRAVELLING BY ROAD

By road Lusaka to Chipata will take you 6-7 hours, Chipata to Flatdogs from 1 1/2 – 2 hrs. Please do not drive at night in Zambia, it is very unsafe due to the high proportion of vehicles and bicycles with no lights, aimless unfenced animals and drunks sleeping it off on the warm tarmac!

DIRECTIONS FOR DRIVING TO FLATDOGS

From Lusaka:

Take the Great East Road to Chipata.  You can get fuel in Petauke and Chipata on the way.  It’s best to fill up before you head here as fuel in Mfuwe is not always available.

As you arrive in Chipata:

  1. Turn left to Mfuwe just after the Protea Hotel on your right and before Fast Wheels motor parts (on your right).  There is a new KOBIL fuel station being built right on the corner of the turn on the left.
  2. If you go into the town of Chipata, then you’ll need to turn back along the Great East Road heading west (back towards Lusaka), then turn right 200m after Fast Wheels.  If you reach the Protea Hotel, you have gone too far.   There is no sign saying “South Luangwa” or “Mfuwe” at this turn, but there is a sign for Lundazi, this is the right turning!  There is a new KOBIL fuel station being built just after the turn on the right.
  3. Continue on the tarmac for around 112 km.   After around 112kms, you will reach a T- junction.  Turn right onto the tar road opposite the Zesco (electricity) sub-station.   If you turn left here you will reach Mfuwe airport where there are banks and a post office.
  4. Please drive slowly past schools and bicycles. If you see some green branches lying in the road, this either means that there is a vehicle with a breakdown or that there is a funeral in progress. If it is the latter, please go dead slow in first gear (you will notice that even cyclists dismount) until you come to more branches. Proceed on tarmac (there are some road works on this road at present so there are a couple of patches of dirt where there used to be tar where they are working on the road and bridges) for approx 25 km and you will pass an Oasis fuel station on your left and a sign for the South Luangwa Conservation Society on your right. Continue straight on, you will see a sign for Flatdogs, then after a further kilometre or so, you will see our entrance ramp on your LEFT. Please engage a low gear and drive down the ramp very slowly, then follow the road for another 750 m and you will arrive at reception. Be aware that you might meet wildlife on any of the roads, so please drive slowly.

Lusaka to Chipata will take around 6-7 hours depending on how fast you drive, but also depending on the diversions around road works on the Great East Road.  From Chipata to here will only take around 1.5 to 2  hours now that the road is completely tarred.

From Lilongwe:

Take the Mchinji Border road out of Lilongwe.  After just over an hour you will reach the border where you can complete exit formalities.  You can walk across to the Zambian side of the border, called Mwami, where you will need to complete Zambian entry formalities, including Carbon tax payments and vehicle insurance.

If you are driving yourselves, there is now a requirement that you get police clearance for your vehicle to prove it is not stolen.  To do this, you will need to take your vehicle and vehicle papers to the police headquarters, opposite Ufulu Road, and go to Interpol to get the clearance.   It will cost you MK5000.00.  It can take at least half an hour for them to give you the clearance, so do leave yourselves plenty of time to do this.

At the border, you will also need to purchase 3rd party insurance for Zambia and also Carbon Tax on arrival in Zambia.   The Carbon Tax along with all other payments in Zambia now have to be made in  Zambian Kwacha, but there is a Bureau de Change at most border posts now so you do not have to deal with the money changers who are often fraudsters.

Engine Capacity in Cubic Centimeters Surtax Rate
1500cc and below 50.00
Between 1501cc and 2000cc 100.00
Between 2001cc and 3000cc 150.00
3001cc and above 200.00

Apparently the insurance cost varies according to the day and the broker, but we think that the minimum cover for the minimum period will be around K150.00 or around $35.00.

From the border it is around 25 minutes to the town of Chipata.  You will pass a big Shoprite on your left as you enter the town.  In the centre of town now there is also a Spar.  This main road is the one main road that takes you all the way to Lusaka (the Great East Road).

  1. Continue straight through Chipata (you will be on the Great East Road heading west towards Lusaka), then turn right 200m after a big Fast Wheels shop on your left.  If you reach the Protea Hotel on your left, you have gone too far.   There is no sign saying “South Luangwa” or “Mfuwe” at this turn, but there is a sign for Lundazi, this is the right turning!  There is a new KOBIL fuel station being built just after the turn on the right.
  2. Continue on the tarmac for around 112 km.   After around 112kms, you will reach a T- junction.  Turn right onto the tar road opposite the Zesco (electricity) sub-station.   If you turn left here you will reach Mfuwe airport where there are banks and a post office.
  3. Please drive slowly past schools and bicycles. If you see some green branches lying in the road, this either means that there is a vehicle with a breakdown or that there is a funeral in progress. If it is the latter, please go dead slow in first gear (you will notice that even cyclists dismount) until you come to more branches.  Proceed on tarmac (there are some road works on this road at present so there are a couple of patches of dirt where there used to be tar where they are working on the road and bridges) for approx 25 km and you will pass an Oasis fuel station on your left and a sign for the South Luangwa Conservation Society on your right.  Continue straight on, you will see a sign for Flatdogs, then after a further kilometre or so, you will see our entrance ramp on your LEFT. Please engage a low gear and drive down the ramp very slowly, then follow the road for another 750 m and you will arrive at reception. Be aware that you might meet wildlife on any of the roads, so please drive slowly.

 

Lilongwe to Chipata will take around 2 hours depending on how fast you drive and how long the border formalities take ie how busy they are when you get there.   From Chipata to here will take you around 1.5 – 2 hours now that the main road has been completed.

If you are coming to Flatdogs via public transport, please email us for the latest information.

VISA TO ENTER ZAMBIA

Most nationalities can buy visas at the border of entry into Zambia. The cost for most foreign nationals (including UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries) is US$50 per person.

If you are unsure of whether your nationality is able to buy a visa on entry then please contact us and we will let you know.