Public holidays

January 1 - New Year’s Day
March 8 – International Women’s Day
March 12 – Youth Day
April 14 – Good Friday
April 17 – Easter Monday
May 1 – May Day
May 25 – Africa Freedom Day
July 3 – Heroes Day
July 4 – Unity Day
October 24 – Independence Day
December 25 – Christmas Day


Summer clothing is worn mid-August to mid-May and light woollens in winter (mid-May to mid-August). Temperatures range from 32ºC in October/November to 16ºC in June/July. Annual rainfall averages 86 centimetres. Humidity is quite low, except during the rainy season (November-April).

For weather details in Zambia, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The currency is the Kwacha (ZK).


Before you go, organise a variety of ways of accessing your money overseas, such as credit cards, travellers' cheques and US dollars cash. Australian currency and travellers' cheques are not accepted in many countries. Consult with your bank to find out which is the most appropriate currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work overseas.

There are numerous ATM locations in the major cities of Zambia, but fewer in regional and rural areas.

Time zones and time differences

Zambia is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Lusaka, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Zambia's country code is 260.

For calls to Zambia from Australia dial: 0011 + 260 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Zambia to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Zambia’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 50Hz. The round two-pin plugs are the most common.

With its vast water resources and coal reserves, Zambia is exploring opportunities for hydroelectric power generation, supply and distribution. The country has well over 1,750 MW of hydroelectric generating capacity. The sector is regulated by the Energy Regulations Board, a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament. Hydro-electricity is mainly supplied and distributed by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) – a statutory body whose operations were commercialised in 2006.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism –
Zambia Tourism –

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