Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Lukasa International Airport
What to see: Lusaka, Munda Wanga Environmental Park, Victoria Falls, the Luangwa Valley, the Blue Lagoon, Kafue National Park, Lake Tanganyika Currency: Zambian kwacha
Official language(s): English
of Africa's poorest nations, Zambia is rich in spectacular scenery
to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique
to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana
to the south, Zambia may be difficult to traverse and is best seen via a tour or safari group, especially if traveling through Lusaka, the capital city.
On the whole, Zambia proves to be
one of the safest countries in all of Africa, and inhabited by some of the friendliest
people anywhere. Of late, however, Lusaka has gained a reputation as being crime-ridden, although with common sense precautions it is as safe as any big metro area.
While visiting Lusaka, be sure to leave time for a mini-safari to Munda Wanga Environmental Park for up-close encounters with native wildlife, along with leisurely walks through the beautiful botanical gardens.
Farther afield, among Zambia's major travel superlatives is an unforgettable trip to spectacular Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall.
Elephants crossing the Zambezi
Meanwhile, the legendary walking safari through the Luangwa
Valley is another must-see (and one of the few places in Africa where hiking is allowed
in national parks.)
Among other top national parks that dot the landscape, Blue Lagoon in central Zambia is among the smallest with more than 400 species of birds that have helped earned the park's international reputation as Africa's "bird watching paradise".
Other unforgettable experiences await with canoing safaris down the wild and tempestuous Zambezi River or world-class fishing expeditions on Lake Tanganyika.
DID YOU KNOW? Zambia Travel Fun Facts
Sunset on the Zambezi.
• Victoria Falls was named after Queen Victoria by 19th century explorer David Livingstone, but the falls are known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.
• Because of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the forest surrounding it receives “rain” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Taking a sunset cruise down the Zambezi is a great way to see the river and the animals that live in and near it -- including giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and native birds.
• Zambia is home to 20 national parks including its newest one, Lusaka National Park which opened in 2015 just outside the capital offering bicycle trails, camping accommodation, and walking safaris.
More about Zambia travel & tourism around the Web:
the real Africa - Guides to major attractions including Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Lake Tanganyika and more, what to see and do in Lusaka, Livingstone and around the Copperbelt, directory of hotels, motels, game lodges & private game reserves, maps, photos, travel tips & related links.