Why go to Zambia
Zambia is a landlocked Southern African country with eight neighbouring nations and a central capital city, Lusaka – which is called home by most of the country’s population. The official language in Zambia is English as all business is conducted through it; however most of the locals speak Nyanj and Bemba among themselves. Zambia gives one a taste of the essence of Africa, beautiful, unpredictable, unspoilt, and a country with a vibrancy and color all of its own. The landscapes are dramatic and interspersed with the life giving waters of the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers. There is Lake Tanganyika the second deepest lake in the world and Lake Kariba, the largest man made lake in Africa. There are plains and forests and rivers and lakes and all teem with abundant wildlife. All of these make Zambia an unforgettable destination. Undoubtedly, one of Zambia’s main attractions is the magnificent Victoria Falls which are shared by bordering Zimbabwe. With the spectacular falls comes an endless list of exciting outdoor activities to participate in. Bungee jumping, white water rafting, canoeing and house boating are just some of the exciting adventures which can be enjoyed. However, throughout the country you’ll come across game reserves offering game drives, luxurious accommodation or camping, and the chance for you to meet the locals and explore their communities.
Where to go in Zambia
The historical colonial city of Livingstone is also known as Maramba and is the present capital of the Southern Province of Zambia. It’s also a tourism centre for the popular Victoria Falls which is 10 kilometres north of the Zambezi River and a border town with a much needed road and rail connections to Zimbabwe which is on the other side of the Falls. Victoria Falls is one of most popular destinations on the African continent and this makes the area of Livingstone an excellent place to visit. The area is named after the British explorer, David Livingstone, who was the first white man to explore the area. When touring Livingstone there are quite a few places you should visit; the most obvious and magnificent of the bunch is of course the magnificent Victoria Falls. This amazing natural wonder is served and protected by the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which is situated in the city’s south-western edge. Another beautiful sight to admire is that of the Batoka Gorges which can be found below the Falls.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Quick and easy option for viewing plains game. Situated along the edge of the Zambezi River, you are almost guaranteed of seeing white rhino, elephant and crocodile. Also has the Old Drift graveyard and the ruins of the original settlement. Partaking in a couple Wildlife Safaris is an absolute must while visiting this part of Africa; there are plenty of game drive packages available at the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which promises a variety of unforgettable wildlife experiences. Extend your adventure tours and visit the Zambezi River and enjoy river cruises, sports fishing and kayaking.
A World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles and the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’. Livingstone named them for his queen. Today, the village rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting. Roughly 1200km (750miles) long, two and a half million gallons of water fall over a 300 foot drop in a matter of seconds. A continuous falling curtain of water. A path leads alongside this gorge to provide viewpoint after viewpoint of breathtaking splendour.
Kafue National Park
The oldest and Largest of Zambia’s parks. Largely unspoilt bush and incredible herds of game. A mere two hours from Livingstone. This park is renowned for offering fantastic wildlife viewing, while there over 400 species of bird to keep the birders enthralled. The Kafue National Park is still untouched, wild and diverse and offers visitors one of the best safari experiences in Zambia. Enjoy a variety of activities accompanied by expert guides including game drives, bird watching and fishing. The Kafue River that runs through the park is what gives it its name, and ensures that guests enjoy a well-rounded land and water-based experience.
North and South Luangwa National Park
One of the greatest concentrations of animals anywhere in the world. Incredible birdlife and a host of virgin vegetation, minimal roads and well managed tourism make this a park worth visiting. Walking safaris within the park are well known and highly recommended. Luangwa National Park situated in the Luangwa river valley in Zambia, it is the most southern national park in the region and the most popular destination for visitors to the region. South Luangwa National Park provides unparalleled game viewing as it is a wildlife haven, supporting herds of buffalo, giraffe and the elusive leopard. The river that gives the valley its’ name and which runs through the park is a habitat for both hippopotamuses and crocodiles. It is well known for the fact that they offer safaris on foot, walking tours are a fantastic way to see experience the wildlife and the natural habitat that they live in. The game reserve was founded in 1938 and was declared a National Park in 1972, the total area now covers 9050 square kilometres.
Africa’s largest man made dam
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. 226 km long and in places up to 40km wide. Provides electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Great fishing and wonderful houseboats that can be taken up and down and along the great expanse of water. Incredible sunsets, wonderful birdlife and animals coming down to drink along the banks.
When to go to Zambia
Rainy season is long and stretches from Late October through until April. Although the season is long, the rains are generally very short and heavy and the skies clear up again. May through to August are generally the cooler months and although the landscape is then very dry and bare, it is very conducive to excellent game viewing and the mosquitoes and tsetse flies are considerably less active. The Zambezi is at its fullest in April and May and the river rafting may be closed over this time as the river is too swollen and dangerous.
The falls are at their most spectacular at this time too, although the spray may be so dense that the bottom of the gorge cannot be seen. Although less water in the falls over the drier months, the view is no less spectacular and offers other attractions like walking across the top of the falls to Livingstone Island and swimming in the Devils pool at the top of the falls.
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