Travel tips – Zambia

Travel tips - Zambia

Cuisine

Zambia’s isolation and richly endowed natural resources has kept the country’s cuisine very traditional, unique and very tasty, though like elsewhere in Africa, some of the ingredients and foods may not sit well with western palettes. In particular caterpillars and mice, the latter of which is considered a delicacy and served with a staple of Zambian food – Nshima – which is a cooked porridge made from maize.

A typical Zambian drink is Munkoyo – found all over the country from the cities to the villages. It’s made from a mixture of maize meal and the dried and shredded roots of the Munkoyo tree.

Etiquette

Try to dress conservatively while travelling in Zambia. Avoid overly revealing clothing, though of course, when on safari, dress comfortably, with either shorts or trousers.

Be aware that tipping for service is illegal in Zambia, but most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service fee onto the account. It’s usual however to tip tour guides, game rangers and trackers who depend largely on their tips for their income.

(difficult to find any info on proper etiquette in Zambia – perhaps you have a specialist who can offer some more advice?)

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