Zambia :: Barotseland
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Mongu is the capital of Zambia’s Western Province. As such, it’s a large town with more than 180 000 residents. It’s located on the eastern edge of the Zambezi Floodplains some 15 km from the Zambezi River. Thanks to the surrounding flat, level ground, the floodplains reach right up to the town’s edge. When the flood waters subside, a 35 km long channel connects the town with the river, via barge and canoe.
|Address :||Mongu Municipal Council, Libonda Road, Mongu, Zambia|
|Contact :||Mongu Municipal Council|
|Tel :||+260(0)217 221 039|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||Airtel & Zamtel|
|Police Station :||Yes|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||ULP/LRP||Petrol Price Index :||ZMW 16.06 per litre (Jan-2019)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Price Index :||ZMW 14.65 per litre (Jan-2019)|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||School/s. Depot.|
|Picnics, Fishing, Makoro Trips, Boat Trips|
|More Activities:||Visit to the museum in Limulunga. The Ku-omboka traditional ceremonies( only around February & March) just before the full moon.|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
CELLPHONE & SIMS:
There is an MTN agent in the old business section of town. So if you have any SIM issues you can go there. But airtime can be bought at Shoprite and many other outlets. (2019).
In Zambia mobile data is cheap compared to South Africa. You can for example purchase a 5GB data bundle for ZMK100 which will expire after a month. We would suggest that travellers buy a local SIM. Maybe even two, one form MTN and one form Airtel. (2019).
For great craft work visit the Mumwa Craft Association, with a market. (Jan-19)
Tow-in services: +27(0)97 473 7848 / +260(0)96 676 1647 (Based in Lusaka).
Their is Doctors but the land lines seem to be offline. There is a police station but no working number. And a Hospital but no working number. (Jan-19).
Hospital contact is for Lewanika General Hospital. (Jan-19).
NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.
Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.
If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected] (http://ses-zambia.com/). (2019).
Mongu is a nice stop over if travelling via the Sitoti Ferry/Pontoon near Kolongola, as the ferry operates at its own time, as its difficult to plan. (Jan-19)
The Food Market have stocks of fresh fruits and vegetables. There is a Shoprite which is well stocked but probably a bit more limited than the bigger towns. You can buy meat at good prices here. You can get wine, beer, groceries and even camping equipment from this Shoprite. (Jan-19)
The Atlasmara bank at Shoprite will exchange money hassle free. Bring your passport. (2019).
No LSD at any of the fuel stops, mostly only accept cash. (2019).
The Kobil fuel stop in town offers gas refill. (2019).
You can definately have your vehicle repaired in this town. You may just need to ask around to get to the correct service provider. (2019).
The road from Mongu to Kalabo is a brand new tar road and it takes about 45min to get to Kalabo. So the old floodplain crossing is not required. (2019).
The road from Mongu to Kafue is tar, but at Kaoma (actually Katunda just before Kaoma) it is completely broken up so expect to make very slow progress from there to the park boundary. Inside the park the roads are great again. There is 24hr fuel in Kaoma on the 'highway'. (2019).
Ixani Vehicle Recovery Service (IVRS) Ltd based in Lusaka also do vehicle recovery for Mongu; Cell: +260(0)97 473 7848 or whatsapp Michelle on +260(0)97 367 4500. (2019).
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