VISAS, TRANSFERS & DIRECTIONS
Single and double entry visas for Zambia are available at Livingstone International Airport and other border posts. US$50 single entry, and US$80 double entry. You can only pay in cash US$. For multiple entry visas you need to make arrangements with your nearest Zambia Embassy or High Commission before you arrive in the country, as these are not available at border posts.
(Visas to enter Zimbabwe are available at their border and the price depends on nationality. Most nationalities don’t require visas to enter Botswana.)
Chanters Lodge offers free transfers from/to Livingstone International Airport (for Guests with reservations) on arrival/departure, or from Livingstone City centre if you’re arriving by coach from Lusaka, or via the Intercape Bus from Namibia. Please advise us your arrival details to facilitate this service.
Transfers from/to other locations in Zimbabwe and Botswana can also be arranged. Please let us know your requirements so we can quote you.
Almost all activity operators include transfers from/to Chanters Lodge in their activity prices – excepting Livingstone Island.
It’s 5 minutes by car to Livingstone City Centre from Chanters Lodge, and it takes just 8 minutes to reach Livingstone Airport. It’s 20 minutes to Victoria Falls and the Zimbabwe border, and 15 minutes to the entrance to the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park. It takes 1 hour to reach the Botswana border, and 2 hours the Namibian border. The road is good.
To reach Lusaka, the Zambian capital by road, allow six hours by private car including a loo stop and about 7 hours by coach. All but 75 km’s of the 500 km’s road is in fair condition. There’s a frequent coach service (Mazhandu Family Bus Service) which is relatively comfortable and reasonable (app US$18 pp). Buses leave from Livingstone City Centre and arrive at the main bus terminal in downtown Lusaka and vice versa.
Taxis are abundant in Livingstone and generally safe and roadworthy. A typical fare from Chanters to Livingstone City Centre is US$2.50. One way to Victoria Falls US$10 (both per 4 seater car). They are not metered, so negotiate the fare before departure!
When he’s available Richard will help you with an occasional lift.
There’s an overnight train service to Lusaka but it’s probably fair to describe it as slow, insecure and uncomfortable. You can also reach Dar-es-Salaam by train from Lusaka which takes 2 days plus.
(a) Arriving by road from Lusaka:
Come down the long hill into Livingstone from the main water tower and at the bottom there is a right hand bend, a straight section and then another right hand bend. After the second right hander look out immediately for the Chanters Lodge sign (amongst a cluster of others) on your right at the intersection of the Lusaka Road and Obote Avenue. Turn right up Obote Avenue for 750m and check for our next sign on your left. Turn immediately right into Lukulu Crescent and we are the second gate on your right.
(b) Arriving by road from Botswana or Namibia:
Reaching the intersection of the Nakatindi and Lusaka roads by the Catholic Cathedral turn left and proceed all the way through Livingstone towards Lusaka past the Fairmount Hotel and Armadillo Restaurant on your left. About 400m after the Armadillo look out for the Chanters Lodge sign (amongst a cluster of others) on your left. Turn left up Obote Ave for 750m and check our next sign on your left. Turn immediately right into Lukulu Crescent and we are the second gate on your right.
(c) Arriving by road from Zimbabwe:
Reach Livingstone on the main road and follow the instructions for (b) above.
Please contact us by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information you might require.
There’s also a Google Map showing where we are in Livingstone. The photo? A nice picture of our restaurant!