Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa is surrounded by Angola, Democratic Republic Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Zambia’s population stands at about 19 million with at least 16 major cultural groupings, and more than 72 different dialects.
In spite of its many different cultures, Zambia is known as one of the safest and friendliest countries within Africa, and this combined with its unspoilt and personalised safari experience, make it a special and never forgotten holiday for its many tourists.
Zambia is blessed with one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, The Victoria Falls, and some of Southern Africa’s finest national parks. These include North and South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue as well as some lesser known gems such as Liuwa Plains, Bangweulu Wetlands and Kasanka National Park.
These parks offer a variety of different habitats attracting many different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Typical Safari Activities in these parks include Walking Safaris (Zambia is the home of walking safaris, with Norman Carr having started these over 50 years ago in order for guests to get closer to the bush and feel, hear, touch as well as seeing it), game drives (including night drives to discover many nocturnal animals), cultural village and school experiences, fishing, sunrise and sunset boat cruises and canoe safaris.
Zambia has seventeen magnificent waterfalls, apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, provide ‘cascade followers’ an adventure into the remote undeveloped rural areas where a taste of village life can be experienced.
There are more than 20 annual traditional ceremonies in Zambia, manifesting customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. If you have the opportunity to attend one, it is well worthwhile to do so. They provide a valuable insight to a traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Situated along the southern border of Zambia, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River. It forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and stretches across almost two kilometres into a gorge over one hundred metres below – making it one of the world’s widest waterfalls.
It is renowned for its abundant game – hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, fish eagles, and herds of elephants can be spotted, among other species. The landscape is characterised by rugged, unspoilt wilderness of vast floodplains, scattered with indigenous woodlands.
Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven.
Dubbed ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ by locals, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist destination for those visiting Zambia. It is world-renowned for its sheer beauty and offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in spectacular landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife.
Located on the Zimbabwean border in the southern reaches of Zambia, the Lower Zambezi region is best known as the home to the Lower Zambezi National Park which features exceptional, undeveloped wildlife areas.
The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.
Lusaka’s wide, tree-lined boulevards feature a range of tourist facilities including hotels, guest houses, coffee shops, fast food outlets, nightclubs, and pubs. Visitor attractions include the Henry Tayali Gallery, showcasing local artworks; The National Museum, covering Zambia’s colonial history; the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage; and a number of colourful markets.
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Hangar 6A Kenneth Kaunda Airport, Lusaka, Zambia