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Monday, May 09, 2005

Airport Rehabilitations for Zambia Safari

Great news for Zambia safaris! The National Airport Corporation has started major airport rehabilitations. Initially the programme will involve two airports. The funding is from the European Development Fund (EDF) who has shown a lot of confidence in the Zambia’s world-class reception.

At Livingstone the works involve extending the airport runway to enable larger aircrafts to land. Currently, only the Boeing 737s land there. Then there are the general improvements to the airport facilities and surroundings. This will gobble 9.6 million pounds sterling.

Do you remember the Livingstone town? The city recently cerebrated a centenary of its founding. More importantly it’s the home of the Victoria Falls and the national’s tourist capital. Livingstone is now considered southern Africa Adventure Centre.

The rehabilitations at Lusaka’s airport involve improvements to taxing way and general improvements. 2.75 million pounds sterling is budgeted for this. The Lusaka International Airport is Zambia’s main gateway being in the country’s capital city.

The general works for both airports will be the supply of vehicles, airport maintenance equipment, terminal buildings equipment, fire emergency equipment and meteorological equipment.

There are two other major airports in Zambia. One is at Ndola the headquarters of the Copperbelt Province named after Zambia’s main mineral export copper. The other is the Mfuwe International Airport right next to the world-class famous and Zambia’s premier national park. The South Luangwa is considered one of the world’s best ‘packed’ animal sanctuaries. The variety of wildlife species is amazing and some are only found here. South Luangwa National Park, covering 9,990 square kilometres, is the home of the legendary walking safaris originated by Normal Carr in the 1950’s.

The international airports at Lusaka, Livingstone and South Laungwa have custom and immigration facilities. So you may fly right into any of three airports. On your next safari why not take a direct flight to one. The immigration and custom formalities will be available right there at the airport.


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