Zambia… What an Amazing Country!

Nancy B. Alston

When you travel abroad, especially far away from home you

want to have peace of mind. The same applies if you’re on

an African safari. If your desire is to meet friendly, warm

people then travel to Africa’s peace haven, Zambia. In

Zambia you’ll find that which you most desire, the warm

African welcome.

Peace, stability and friendliness describe Zambia. It is a

country incredibly endowed with natural resources, the

heritage of a natural safari country. Just imagine these

amazing sites:

1 – The Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular

waterfalls, is considered the world’s largest curtain of

falling water. It measures 1701 metres wide and plunges

down to 111 metres. The torrent of water plunging over

a steep cliff creates a deafening roar and sends up billows

of spray that can be seen 30km (19 mi) away. Thus the

local people have called it Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning

“the smoke that thunders.” And the view from Zambia

is awesome.

2. – The wild untamed Zambezi River. From its source at

Kalene Hills to its mouth at the Indian Ocean the Zambezi

measures a whopping 3,540 kilometres. And 2,572km is

in Zambia.

The river passes through changing scenery. The wild and

exciting Barotse Flood Plain the site of the colourful

Kuomboka ceremony by the Lozi people, the violent

torrent at the Victoria Falls and the 122m deep Batoka

Gorge the river cuts, the serene Lake Kariba behind the

hydroelectric dam. And this lake has a great history.

Finally the wide Lower Zambezi surrounded by wild game.

3 – Add to your travel itinerary the Nchanga Open Pit one of

the largest open cast mines in the world but the largest in

Africa. Operations started in 1957 and today it measures

4,700m long, 2,400m wide and bottoms up at 335m. Zambia’s

major economic activity has remained copper mining.

4 – Visit the 19 national parks and 34 game management areas.

All these constitute 30 percent of the 752614sq km of Zambia.

The management areas buffer the game parks and the parks are

strategically located throughout the country.

5 – The unbelievable yet fascinating wildlife in pristine

wilderness. The Zambian national parks are considered to

have the largest concentration of game in the world. The

variety of animal species is wide with over 202 mammals that

include the Big Five: lion, giraffe, leopard, rhino and


Annually there is a wildebeest migration in the Liuwa Park.

Take a look and see the endemic red and black lechwe antelopes

in the Kafue Flats at Lochinvar, as well as the Busanga and

Bangweulu Plains. Birding is popular in all game parks but

Lochinvar is Zambia’s prime birds sanctuary. Meet the

crested cranes, saddle-bill storks, egrets, wood ibis, vultures

and the rare shoebill stork.

6 – Travel to Livingstone town near the majestic, awe-inspiring

Victoria Falls now accepted as the southern African Adventure

Centre. Here you may choose any adventure of your choice:

White water river-rafting, bungi jumping, river boarding, skiing,

fishing, abseiling, off high way 4×4 driving, elephant back

safari, river safari, micro-light and helicopter flights over the

Victoria Falls.

Livingstone is a town of three museums; one is Zambia’s prime

museum, another is a railway museum and then there is the

Victoria Falls field museum. Take a detour and visit a tribal

village. Choose your accommodation from the many

theme-designed hotels and lodges.

7 – The Zambian weather is mild and pleasant despite the

country being in the tropics. The high altitude at between 1200m

and 1500m above sea level ensures that. There are three distinct

seasons; the cool and dry season between April and August,

the dry and warm between September and November and the

warmer and wet season between December and March. However,

the most popular time to visit is during the cool and dry

winter season between April and August. These are cool

crisp days and cool nights!

Zambia is beckoning you! The pristine wilderness, the

profusion of wildlife including birds, the exquisite sunsets,

the changing landscapes and natural habitat and the warm

Zambian welcome of its friendly people. All these make

your travel to Zambia a pleasant destination in African

travel. It’s a safari visit you’ll treasure forever.

…And you’ll never forget to exclaim” what indeed an

amazing country”


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