Why Zambia Should Be On Your Bucket List!
ZAMBIA – LIVING THE EXTRAORDINARY
Zambia is blessed with many tourist treasures, boasting some of the continents best wildlife parks and is home to the world renowned Victoria Falls.
Zambia’s diversity makes it a ‘World in One’ for first time and returning visitors.
Safaris galore – on foot, in a vehicle or canoeing; an abundance of Adrenalin and Adventure activities; a wealth of History and Culture; prolific wildlife and birding species; Special interests including photographic safaris, Bat and Wildebeest migrations; Lake Tanganyika – the 2nd largest lake in Africa; 20 National Parks; Cultural interactions and warm friendly people.
Anyone who visits this amazing country, leaves enriched by the experience, and eager to return!
Read on to find out more about why Zambia should be on your bucket list!!
Zambia has 20 National Parks. Due to Zambia’s diverse landscape, plentiful water supplies, and position between Eastern, Southern and Central Africa, the diversity of Wildlife species is huge. The rivers and magnificent waterways, of course, support large populations of hippos and crocs and elephants and buffaloes are found in great numbers. Back from the rivers, the woods and grassland provide plenty of grazing for huge herds of ‘plains game’ such as zebras, impalas, pukus, waterbucks and smaller antelopes such as duikers and klipspringers. Where there are grazers, you will find predators. Visitors seldom leave without spotting a predator such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, or the more elusive cheetah. On the grasslands near Lake Bangweulu you can see vast herds of black lechwe and Kasanka National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see sitatungas – uncommon and notoriously shy water-loving antelopes. Two more endemic species are Thornicroft giraffes and Cookson’s wildebeests found in the Luangwa Valley. The annual Wildebeest Migration in Liuwa Plains is a massive event, second only to the famous Serengeti migration in Tanzania.
A safari in the pristine, unspoilt bush of Zambia is one of our top attractions. Open vehicles, experienced guides, prolific game, limited vehicle access in parks, and more, all contribute to an incredibly special game viewing experience. Safari options include Birding, Photography, Canoeing, Mobile, Horse back and Walking Safaris, enabling you to get the ultimate safari experience to suit you.
Zambia is home of the legendary African Walking Safari. Walking with experienced guides enables you to really experience the sights and smells of the animals and the bush. Being this close to nature is an honour and how timeless memories are made. With a diversity of over 740 species of birds, birders regularly flock to Zambia for Birding Safaris. This can be done on foot, in an open vehicle or canoeing. Visit the Bangweulu Swamps for sightings of the rare Shoebill Stork.
Wildlife is not the only treasure Zambia has to offer. Tourists must visit Livingstone, the Adrenaline Centre of Zambia. With over 30 activities to choose from, including Gorge Swinging, Bungee Jumping into the Batoka Gorge, Water Rafting, Encounters with Lions, Visits to the museum, fine dining on the Royal Livingstone express and much more, there will never be a dull moment.
That said, one can just as easily relax on the mighty Zambezi, taking a sundowner cruise and watching the famous African Sunset, gin & tonic in hand.
Zambia is also an anglers dream, and fisherman travel from all corners of the world to try their luck Fishing on the mighty Zambezi River – ever hopeful of landing the might Tiger Fish or the rare, giant vundu.
Zambia has 19 beautiful Waterfalls to visit, the most famous being the magnificent Victoria Falls in Livingstone. There are 9 Lakes, of which 2 are main tourist destinations – Lake Tanganyika & Lake Kariba. Drift on Lake Kariba on a houseboat soaking up the African sunshine or dive and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika – home to over 350 species of fish. Great accommodation is available at both lakes and activities include, fishing, boating, watching the sunset and enjoying the African hospitality.
As defining as the Wildlife and the bush is, Zambia has numerous Places of Interest, and activities, which show our rich culture, heritage and history. These include Museums, Cultural Villages, Historical buildings such as Shiwa Ngandu, over 60 Cultural Ceremonies held annually, Art Galleries and Monuments.
The main towns and cities all offer a broad selection of accommodation, including International hotel chains in the larger cities.
There are 3 main International Airports for International travellers in Livingstone, Lusaka and Ndola, servicing a number of major international airlines from around the world. Proflight Zambia provides scheduled domestic and private charter flights within Zambia (incl Victoria Falls, Lower Zambezi, Luangwa, Copperbelt), as well as some regional routes.
Zambia is ideally located as the central hub to Southern Africa, linking travellers seamlessly to Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and other international destinations.
Without doubt, this is one of the finest safari destinations in Africa! Couple this with being rated as one of the safest destinations in the World, we look forward to welcoming you to our country. Zambia is the place you are looking for!!
- Until 1964, Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia after it gained its independence from Great Britain
- The country’s name was taken from the Zambezi River and means “heart of all”
- Official name: Republic of Zambia
- Zambia’s capital is Lusaka
- Independence Day : 24 October 1964
- Main languages are: English (official), Bantu languages including (Bemba, Nyanja, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, and Tonga)
- Population: 15,066,266 (2015 est.)
- Main religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Indigenous beliefs
- Currency: Zambian Kwacha (ZMW).
- Climate: tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)
- National Bird: The Fish Eagle
- Natural resources: copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, hydropower
- Zambia borders eight countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi
- Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
- The nearest ocean is 600 miles away
- Zambian military helped the Allies in WW2 by fighting in North Africa, India, and Burma
- In 1855, Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone is believed to be the first European to view the Victoria Falls
- The Victoria Falls became a World Heritage site in 1986.
- It is estimated that roughly 600 million cubic liters of water hit the ground every minute on the Victoria Waterfalls.
- The spray from the falls make the River Zambezi Rain Forest the only place that receives rainfall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The best time to view the magnificent Victoria Falls is from March to May (when the falls are at their fullest) and July – October is best for viewing wildlife.
- Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume
- Lowest Point Zambezi River – 1,079 ft. (329m)
- Highest Point Mafinga Mts. (Hills) – 7,674 ft. (2,339mts)
- The second highest waterfall in Zambia is the Kalambo Falls.
- The skull of “Rhodesian Man” was found in Kabwe in 1921. The cranium is thought to be around three hundred thousand years old. It belongs to the species Homo Rhodesiensis