Machenje Fishing Lodge

Machenje Fishing Lodge - Travel Information

What are the temperatures like?

Zambia has three distinct seasons. December to April: warm and wet. May to August (winter): cool and dry. September to November: hot and dry.

Average temperatures in summer range from 25° C to 38° C and in winter from 6° C to 24° C. The best time is mid season from June to September. Fishing is at its best in September/October.

Summer: The months from August – April are warm (high 20°C’s) with temperatures reaching their upper limit for the area during October (around 35°C).

Rainy Season: Victoria Falls is prone to short, spectacular thunderstorms (usually late in the afternoon) and our rainy season generally starts towards the end of November/December and continues until around mid-March, but this does vary from year to year. Temperatures are still warm.

Winter: May – July and into August. Winter is typically cool at night and in the mornings although you can expect it to be lovely and warm during the day. In winter months it is advised that you do bring warm clothes especially for the mornings and evenings.

Is the lodge in a malaria zone?

The Zambezi valley is a malaria zone, and we recommend you follow standard health guidelines to take anti-malarials, known as malaria prophylactics, during your visit - please consult your doctor for specific advice before travelling. Different countries recommend different malaria prophylactics, and brand names vary, so take advice and make an informed decision based on your circumstances.

Do I require a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter Zambia?

As of early 2015 Zambia has been removed from the WHO list of Yellow Fever range countries, and Botswana and South Africa have dropped requirements for travellers from Zambia to provide proof of Yellow Fever inoculation, which was previously required in the form of a certificate.

Do I need a visa to enter Zambia?

Regional travellers do not require a visa to enter Zambia. Most other nationalities need to obtain a visa on arrival. For updated information please check the Zambia Tourism website here or email us.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have recently introduced the 'Univisa' - a single visa allowing unrestricted travel between the two countries. It costs $50 and is valid for 30 days. Chobe, in Botswana, is also included in the Univisa, allowing tourists to explore the region freely, and is especially welcome as it allows visitors to experience the Victoria Falls from the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the river.

What is the currency of Zambia?

The legal tender of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha. Payment is allowed in USD.

What are the charging facilities at the camp?

There are charging points for your electronical equipment in each chalet. The camp is fitted with the round 3-pin plug sockets (South African style).

What should I pack?

Keep it simple. Comfortable casual clothing is best and suitable throughout the year.

  • Cool, light clothing for the hot summer months and don’t forget your swimwear to cool of in the pool
  • Wind-proof, warm jacket for mornings & late afternoon fishing trips
  • Sweater or fleece for cool evenings in the camp
  • Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
  • Comfortable walking shoes / boots as well as light-weight shoes suitable for boating are essential
  • Shirts with longs sleeves even in summer will protect you form the sun and from the mosquitoes (avoid dark colours which are known to attract mosquitoes - natural safari shades are better)
  • Light, compact raincoat during the rainy months
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (preferably containing a high Deet concentration), binoculars, camera, batteries & charging devices, plug adaptor (both 3-pin square and round plug sockets are common in Zambia and neighbouring countries)
  • Malaria prophylactics


Conveniently located 20km upstream from the Kazungula Ferry border crossing between Zambia and Botswana...