Zambia has amazing national parks full of birds and other animals, as well as the spectacular Victoria Falls and Zambezi River. Apart from sightseeing, their are masses of activities ranging from canoeing to white-water rafting and bungee jumping.
South Luangwa is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa and boasts impressive populations of game and birds.
Zambia has the largest water resources in Southern Africa with 5 massive lakes and 17 magnificent waterfalls (apart from Victoria Falls).
There are more than 70 ethnic groups, and most of them live in Lusaka, the capital, or in the cities of the Copperbelt — the two largest, Ndola and Kitwe.
Zambia is well on it's way to become a shining jewel in Africa.
Zambia has a population of 11 million people with the official languages being English and Bemba. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. The average temperature ranges from 20-32 degrees Celcius all year round. Zambia's main attraction is the Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) 'The smoke that thunders'.
Quick Facts about Zambia
Full name: Republic of Zambia
Capital city: Lusaka
Area: 752,600 sq km; 290,579 sq miles
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
Languages: English (official); Bemba (other)
Religion: Christian (50-75%), indigenous beliefs (50-75%)
Electricity: 230V 50HzHz
Electric Plug Details: British-style plug: 2 flat blades & 1 flat grounding blade; European plug with two circular metal pins;
South African/Indian-style plug with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin
Country Dialling Code: 260
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Money matters: Currency: Zambia Kwacha (ZK)
Medical matters: Cholera, Malaria, Typhoid, Yellow fever, HIV/AIDS
Recent history of Zambia
Despite fears that Chiluba would overstay his welcome, he was replaced at the December 2001 elections. His party, the MUD, was not. Chiluba's hand-picked successor Levy Mwanawasa won the vote, amid opposition claims of electoral fraud.
Despite the political chaos, the election, however flawed, returned one of the most broadly-based democratic parliaments the country has seen, putting an end to the rubber-stamp, one-party system that has ruled since independence. Equally refreshing was Mwanawasa's decision to pursue corrupt officials, a campaign that would eventually focus on Chiliba himself, even though the former president was immune from prosecution.
Zambia is far from a model democracy, and the levels of poverty and disease remain disturbingly high. Yet strong copper prices and an extended period of stability and relative prosperity means that there is palpable optimism in the country.
- White water rafting on the mighty Zambezi
- Abseil down the gorge’s sheer cliffs
- Zip line across the gorge
- See the powerful falls and witness the smoke that thunders
- Bungee off Victoria Falls Bridge (all 111 metres)
- Enjoy a sundowner and snacks on a Zambezi Boat Cruise
- Sore through the skies on a microlight over the falls
The South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park
is situated in the valley of the Luangwa River and is well-known for walking safari
s. The river offers some of the wildest and most remote game areas on the continent. The Cookson's wildebeest and the Crawshay's Zebra are near-endemic to the valley.
is the capital of Zambia and provides a base for tourists visiting Victoria Falls
. It is named after David Livingstone, the British explorere, but is also sometimes referred to as Maramba. You can cross over to Victoria Falls via road or rail.
The Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park
is mostly flat apart from a few granite hills and is covered with orange Kalahari sands combined with silt and clay which is relatively infertile. As a result there are savanna grasslands and Miombo trees that suit this kind of environment and create woodland areas. These woodlands provide food and cover for the African elephant, the African wild dog, the Sable antelope and the hartebeest.
The Lower Zambezi National Park
Seen as a World Heritage Site the Lower Zambezi National Park
has so much to offer in terms of a great African safari adventure. Being relatively under-developed, it offers a true wildlife experience, and you can get quite close to game when you enter the Zambezi area.
The Livingstone Falls
One can get mixed up between Victoria Falls and Livingstone Falls
, but the two are decidedly different
. Livingstone is in the Republic of Congo and is made up of several large rapids on the Congo river. The river has a strong flow (second to the Amazon) due to the channel being fairly narrow with a large volume of water passing through. There are some fantastic water sports available such as whitewater rafting and exhilarating jet boat rides.