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I just returned from my 2nd visit to Zambia, the 1st being in 2000. This visit was for 23 days, staying at Old Mondoro 3 nights, Chiawa Camp 3 nights, Nkawli 2 nights, 5 days walking safari with Robin Pope, Tena Tena camp 3 nights, Lunga River Lodge 2 nights, Busanga Plains Bush Camp 3 nights and Chiaminuka Lodge 2 nights. Phew!
It was a fabulous trip and I loved the people of Zambia, all our camp hosts, the animals, etc., etc.
Now my warning: In 2000 and again this trip we were scammed by the immigration officials at Lusaka airport. They shorted our visit by 3 days when we turned in our immigration cards upon arrival. In 2000 we thought it just an abberation. Having it happen a 2nd time indicated to us they do this as normal. The 1st time we were told to pay $350. to leave the country since we had "over stayed our visit". We talked our way out of it. I have learned of a Chicago lawyer who had to pay $200 to leave Lusaka. Regardless of what you write on your immigration form they put a date in your passport of what day you are to leave. CHECK THAT DATE BEFORE YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER. Make them change it right then and there or you'll be faced with paying their bribes to leave. If you are jet lagged and forget to check the date entered in your passport and are faced with this issue as you try to leave, ask to speak to the airport manager. Good luck future travelers to Zambia.

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