Zambia, once a British Colony called Northern Rhodesia, in 1964 became the Commonwealth of Zambia. A landlocked country in Central Africa, bordered by Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lying close to the equator, Zambia has a delightful tropical climate. The capital Lusaka, a very interesting city to visit where there are large markets, a National Witchcraft Museum, and national park. It is one of the safest countries in Africa to visit.
Victoria Falls, named after Queen Victoria, is one of the most remarkable attractions and the largest waterfall in the world. During the high season in April, 625 million litres of water falls down every second. For the more adventurous you can bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge or go white water rafting. For the more daring you can swim to Devil’s Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls.
Rich in wildlife, Zambia can impress even the most experienced safari goer. Luangwa National Park offers walking safari tours where you can follow the guides and track a pride of lions.
Kasanka National Park in the north-east of Zambia, between the months of October and December, is host to an enormous bat migration and also offers excellent opportunities for bird enthusiasts.
Kafue National Park, full of elephants, lions, leopards and pangolins offers a more traditional safari experience. During the month of November, tens of thousands of blue wildebeest cross the plains of Liuwa Plain National Park, a truly once in a lifetime experience. You can also see lions swimming in the swamps and climbing trees here, with the climbing lions being a wonderful rarity to watch.
When the rains come, Zambia is transformed and the wet season is known as the Emerald Season, with the Zambezi River being a lifeline for the country. You can canoe down the lower part of the Zambezi River, with stunning changing landscapes, trips are generally two nights for this tour.
During the month of January in Western Zambia, the Lozi people celebrate the Kuomboka, the ‘Lion King’ Litunga. The villagers dress up with large war drums, dancing and wearing animal skins and headdresses they head onto the river in handmade wooden canoes. There is a wealth of culture in Zambia and it is one of the most interesting countries to visit.
Combine a holiday to Zambia with a holiday to South Africa to double up with the Kruger National Park on your way home. You can also spoil yourself with a trip to Botswana for safari or travel to Tanzania to see the Ngorongoro Crater and then fly up to Victoria falls.