The Zambian currency is the Kwacha (ZMK), recently divided into 1,000 ngwee (instead of 100), and coins have become largely obsolete. It is best to bring US Dollars or Pounds Sterling which can be exchanged at the many bureaux de change found in the main towns; avoid exchanging money outside of banks or respected hotels. While most of the tourist hotels, restaurants, travel agents and larger shops, especially in Lusaka and Livingstone, accept credit cards, many outlets in the rural areas do not and deal only in local currency. ATMs are available in Lusaka and some of the major towns. Banking hours vary but are usually 8.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays and mornings on Saturdays.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Zambia||ZMK 100||ZMK 1,000||ZMK 10,000||ZMK 100,000||ZMK 1,000,000|
|Australia||AUD 0.03||AUD 0.26||AUD 2.56||AUD 25.57||AUD 255.74|
|Canada||CAD 0.02||CAD 0.24||CAD 2.43||CAD 24.31||CAD 243.09|
|Ireland||EUR 0.02||EUR 0.16||EUR 1.65||EUR 16.49||EUR 164.89|
|New Zealand||NZD 0.03||NZD 0.28||NZD 2.78||NZD 27.80||NZD 278.05|
|South Africa||ZAR 0.29||ZAR 2.85||ZAR 28.50||ZAR 285.04||ZAR 2,850.44|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.01||GBP 0.13||GBP 1.30||GBP 13.01||GBP 130.08|
|United States of America||USD 0.02||USD 0.19||USD 1.88||USD 18.77||USD 187.66|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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