Zambia Currency


The Zambian currency is the Kwacha (ZMK), divided into 100 ngwee, but the coins are now worthless and seldom used. 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. 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 2:30pm on weekdays and mornings of the first and last Saturday of the month.

Currency Exchange Rates

Zambia ZMK 100 ZMK 1,000 ZMK 10,000 ZMK 100,000 ZMK 1,000,000
Australia AUD 0.03 AUD 0.27 AUD 2.69 AUD 26.89 AUD 268.87
Canada CAD 0.03 CAD 0.27 CAD 2.66 CAD 26.58 CAD 265.81
Ireland EUR 0.02 EUR 0.17 EUR 1.73 EUR 17.28 EUR 172.81
New Zealand NZD 0.03 NZD 0.29 NZD 2.87 NZD 28.68 NZD 286.81
South Africa ZAR 0.31 ZAR 3.15 ZAR 31.48 ZAR 314.76 ZAR 3,147.61
United Kingdom GBP 0.01 GBP 0.13 GBP 1.30 GBP 12.96 GBP 129.58
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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