Frequently Asked Questions about Zambia
Expats moving to a new country are sure to have many queries and concerns. To help ease the transition, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to Zambia.
Do I need a car in Zambia?
Yes. A four-wheel-drive vehicle, in particular, is very useful in Zambia. The roads are not in good order and any car one purchases will take punishment. There is a public transport system but it does not give the flexibility required for doing very much.
Will I be safe in Zambia?
Unlike some of its neighbours, Zambia has not experienced the same level of violence or ethnic strife and is a relatively safe destination. Most expats report feeling safe in their homes, although vigilance goes a long way and it does not hurt to invest in good home security. Road safety will likely be a concern for expats living in Zambia and defensive driving is a must.
Are there decent schools for my children?
There are good private schools in Zambia, but the country’s public schooling system is inadequate. The majority of expats living in Zambia send their children to an international school. There are a number of international schools in Lusaka for expats to choose from; these mostly follow the British or American curricula.
What about healthcare in Zambia?
Zambia’s public healthcare system is not up to the standards that most Western expats would be used to and should be avoided. There are some good private clinics in the main cities, but the majority of serious medical emergencies will see expats being evacuated to South Africa or another nearby country with far superior healthcare facilities.