Zambia's abundance of natural beauty stretches from its lush bushveld and wildlife to its lakes and waterfalls. Zambia is acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, making it a great safari choice for families, friends and even single travellers.
This friendly country has the largest water resources in the whole of southern Africa with five massive lakes and many rivers. The result is lush bush with abundant wildlife to be seen. Zambia has 17 magnificent waterfalls including the spectacular Victoria Falls. It also shares a large section of the Zambezi River and Lake Kariba with Zimbabwe. Zambia's massive natural water resources provide for excellent tiger and fly fishing, canoeing safaris, house boating holidays, first class white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and river surfing.
Attractions & Activities
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Lusaka is Zambia's capital, and the city represents an authentic African capital where tradition meets unremarkable high-rise buildings. Lusaka is by no means a tourist highlight, but serves as a gateway to the sprawling and unspoilt wilderness. The city does have good craft markets, great art and a decent nightlife, providing a fair amount of distractions for a few nights' stay. Zambia's main attraction, however, is definitely its national parks and reserves, which are some of the best on the continent.
If you are wondering why Zambia is known as one of the most unspoilt African landscapes then you simply have to look at one astonishing figure: 30 % of the country is reserved for wildlife reserves and parks. Zambia has 20 national parks and 34 game management areas including South Luangwa, Kafue and the Lower Zambezi, which rank among the finest game parks in the world.
Victoria Falls, named for England's monarch after David Livingstone first saw them in 1855, was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. The falls, recognized as the largest in the world by water volume, are around twice the height of Niagara Falls and drop 108 meters at their central point. One of the great advantages of viewing the falls from the Zambian side is access to the Devil's Pools - a small area where visitors can safely swim right to the edge of the falls.
Zambia also has 17 other waterfalls scattered throughout the country. The northern provinces of Zambia are very remote and uncommercialized, and the roads leading to these waterfalls are untarred, providing explorers with quite the adventure in their pursuit. The local villagers are always helpful, and will tell their foreign guests why the waterfalls are considered sacred to them. The only way to really explore the falls is by hiring an off-road vehicle. Make sure you know how to read a map, as the GPS won't always have satellite reception.
Zambia may be landlocked, but has no shortage of water bodies. Beautiful Lake Tanganyika is the longest in the world, and Lake Kariba and Mweru provide fantastic destinations with varying experiences; the former has fishing, boating and water sports, while the latter is dotted with colorful rural villages and water birds.
3 major rivers flow through Zambia, the Kafue and Luangwa Rivers forming the primary water sources of the Kafue and Luangwa National Parks. Zambia's rivers are well stocked with wildlife, including hippo, crocodile, birds and many more animals gathering to drink.
Zambia's 3rd and most famous river, The Zambezi, forms the continent's 4th largest river system. Journeying through 6 countries, the Zambezi contains a wealth of wildlife and its beauty is well worth a visit. Water sports, cruises, fishing and more are among the activities undertaken on the Zambezi.
Visitors in search of remote and raw wilderness experiences should spend some time in South Luangwa National Park, one of many national parks in Zambia, and its most popular, because it’s filled with abundant wildlife and is vastly unspoiled. It’s a short flight or a ten-hour drive from Lusaka.
When to Visit Zambia
Zambia possesses a sub-tropical climate and has distinct wet and dry seasons, rather than clear summers and winters. The dry season runs from May to October. September and October can be very hot in Zambia, but it is also a great time to see game as the animals congregate around water sources.
Rainy season in Zambia is in December, January, February and March. Eastern and elevated areas generally receive more rain than the west or lowlands. This is known as Zambia's Emerald Season when many unsurfaced roads in Zambia are closed due to heavy rain.