Flying in Zambia

Zambian Civil Aviation Authority

Physical Address:Former Zambian Airways Technical Base Hanger 38/947M, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Postal Address:P.O. Box 50137. Lusaka, Zambia
Telephone number:+260 211 251861/251677

VISA: No visa required

VACCINATIONS: WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Botswana: Hepatitis A and B; typhoid; yellow fever; meningitis; polio; measles; mumps; and rubella (MMR); Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis); chickenpox; and C19.

PERMITS: ZS-registered aircraft requires 2 permits. One international permit to land in Zambia and one domestic permit for flights inside of Zambia.

ZU-registered aircraft need to obtain a Certificate of Airworthiness from the Zambian CAA. It is a serious struggle. Making use of a professional clearance company like Executive Clearance and Aviation Consultants ( would save many grey hairs and sessions of Botox.

PORTS OF ENTRY: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka), Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (Livingstone); Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (Ndola), Mfuwe. Parking fees are stupendously high at all Zambian airports.

Not surprisingly, Victoria Falls steal the lime light here.

Scenic flights over the Victoria Falls are allowed, on request. When flying to Zambia from Botswana you will have to clear customs at Vic Falls or Livingstone. You will be required to land, have a cup of coffee and spot of lunch before being allowed to request the scenic flight. You can expect a clearance at 7500 ft over the falls themselves.

There are many other beautiful lakes, rivers, and national parks in Zambia, like the stunning Lake Tanganyika (the world’s longest lake). Below the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi funnels into the Batoka Gorge offering adrenaline junkies a white-knuckle rafting excursion on the rapids.

A night-time drive in search of leopard in the South Luangwa National Park is a must. This park has an unusual high density of leopards.

South Luangwa National Park

FUEL: AVGAS and JETA1 is not always available. Mogas is not available at all. The table below shows the supplier and contact details at each of the major airports, curtesy of Aviation Direct.

Harry Nkumbula International (Livingstone)AVGAS/JETA1 – Puma Energy ctc Musonda Mambwe Tel: +260 213 321 449 Cell: +260 971 255 529
Hours: Mon- Sun 07:00-17:00
Kenneth Kaunda International (Lusaka)AVGAS/JETA1 – Puma Energy ctc Smart Tembo Tel: +260 211 376 167 Cell: +260 966 747 904
Hours: Mon-Sun 06:00 -24:00 FREQENCY 131.7
Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International (Ndola)AVGAS/JET A1 – Puma Energy ctc Elias Chiutsi Tel: +260 212 612 852 Cell: +260 971 255 521
Hours: Mon – Sun 07:00 – 17:00
Mfuwe InternationalAVGAS/JETA1 Tel:  +260 97 2067888
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00

Always phone before to ascertain if there is fuel available. Plan your flight according to fuel availability.

Oil: Check with the airport supplier for availability or else carry your preferred oil with you for the flight.

AIRSTRIP OPS: When visiting a lodge or even an unmanned airfield, it would be advisable to do a runway inspection before landing. Avoid overflying and circling over lodges.

The general frequency for air-to-air communication frequency in Africa is 126.9.


SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: Always maintain proper situational awareness of other aircraft, air spaces and terrain.

PREPARATION: A little bit of time spent before the flight, doing good research of frequencies and procedures will save you a lot of time and embarrassment.

As the holder of a SACAA pilots’ licence and associate privileges you are still bound by the SA CATS and CARs over and above the rules and regulations of the country you are operating your South African registered aircraft in.  Whichever regulation is the most restrictive applies.

FLIGHT PLANS: The permit number must be indicated in field 18 of your flight plan.

AIRMANSHIP:  Always be courteous. We share the same skies.

I believe that no one could perceive where the vast body of water went, it seemed to lose itself in the earth, the opposite lip of the fissure into which it disappeared being only 80ft distant                 

                                                                                  David Livingstone 1855