Because Zambia’s rolling plains, winding rivers and tropical lakes offer a truly unique African experience. And it is the country where you can see a lunar rainbow over the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Zambia is landlocked, neighboured by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.
From 1911 under British colonialism Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia. I was named Zambia in 1964 at independence after the Zambezi river in the centre, west and south of the country. The other major river is the Congo in the north covering about one-quarter of the country.
The capital city is Lusaka, one of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa with an urban population of over 2.4 million people.
With a population of 15.5 million people according to a 2013 census, Zambia has the eight lowest median age in the world at 16 years and six months (Niger in West Africa has the lowest median age in the word at 15 years).
Zambia has no less than 11 national wildlife parks. They are Kafue, Kasanka, Lochinvar, Lower Zambezi, Liuwa Plains, Luambe, Mosi oa Tunya, North Luangwa, Nsumbu, Sioma Ngwezi and South Luangwa. The Bushcamp Company who runs several lodges in the South Luangwa National Park has recently won the prestigious National Geographic World Legacy Award in the category ’Engaging Communities’.
The South Luangwa National Park is where the African ‘walking safari’ was born, conceived by British conservationist Norman Carr who was also influential in setting up National Parks in Malawi and Zimbabwe and helped to establish the Rhino Trust.
Take to an inflatable raft to be swept down the Zambezi river or canoe past crocodiles and hippos in the lower Zambezi area.
Other adventures include abseiling, bungee jumping, elephant trails, flights over the Victoria Falls, gorge swinging, horse trails, hydrospeeding, lion walks, river boarding, swimming below the Victoria Falls, swimming in the Victoria Falls Devil’s Pool and walking with cheetahs.
Zambia has two distinct beer types: clear and opaque. Most visitors like the clear Mosi and Rhino lagers. There is, as far as we could establish, only one craft brewery in Zambia, which makes Dr. Livingstone’s Lager, Zikomo Copper Ale, Safari Stout and Baobab White.
The Zambian Kwacha with currency code ZMK is the currency of Zambia. It trades at slightly over 11ZMK to the US dollar.