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Zambia Overview

With so many places in Africa to visit, why should you choose a safari vacation in Zambia?

Let us show you why this country is fast becoming the number one choice for an African safari adventure.  Zambia, “the Real Africa”, is regarded by many as the continent’s greatest secret; with various attractions ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the world renowned National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys. The fact that the country has, for so long, been largely overlooked as a tourist destination is one of its greatest assets. The wilderness areas are pristine and the country offers its guests views of the African bush that have not changed for centuries.

The opportunity to explore these areas and to view the wildlife that inhabits them without having to share the experience with many others is something very special that is hard to find in many parts of Africa these days.

It is often said that from a vehicle you can see Africa but when on foot you experience Africa.  Zambia is home of the walking safaris, an activity that has now become famous in most African countries.

Every visitor to Zambia will leave with memories of the friendly welcome they received.  The country is geographically large so the people are from different tribes and speak many different languages but the official language is English and the overriding attitude is one of great happiness and friendliness.

Zambia’s major National Parks

There are over 19 National Parks in Zambia and most are surrounded by what are known as Game Management Areas in which the wildlife and the natural resources are also protected by legislation.  Over 30% of Zambia is set aside as protected areas and that is something we believe we can be proud of.

There three largest rivers in Zambia each play host to important wildlife populations. As a result, some areas along these rivers have been set aside over the past century and are now the most important National Parks in Zambia.

The Zambezi River flows down through the west of Zambia and then over the Victoria Falls. Soon afterwards its path is slowed by the Kariba Dam, creating Lake Kariba but after that the valley opens out and the river meanders across a wider flood plain.  It is here, where it acts as the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and that is where we find the Lower Zambezi National Park.

The Kafue River is one of the Zambezi’s primary tributaries; it flows down from North West Zambia through the middle of the country and joins the Zambezi just downstream from Kariba Dam.  This river plays host to the Kafue National Park which is situated just west of Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka.  This was once the largest National Park in Africa and is still Zambia’s largest Park. It has a wild and untamed feel attached to it.

The Zambezi’s other major tributary is the Luangwa River. Flowing as it does from the north east corner of Zambia; this river is very unusual in all of Africa.  For a river of this size to be virtually unaffected by man from start to finish is almost unheard of.  The fact that its flow is unhindered by dams and unpolluted by human habitation makes this an ideal place for wildlife to thrive, hence the establishment of the North Luangwa and South Luangwa  which are two of the finest National Parks in Zambia if not in all of Africa.

The People

Zambia is a large landlocked country located in Southern Central Africa. With a population of approximately 13 million inhabitants which is quite sparsely populated.

The eight countries with whom we share borders are; The Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Since most of the national boundaries in this part of the world were drawn up by politicians relatively recently and many of the people are traditionally migratory by custom there is plenty of tribal overlap from country to country and as a result it is not uncommon to find people from different countries speaking similar languages.

The population in Zambia comprises over 70 ethnic groups, but there are six major tribes; Lozi, Bemba, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga and the Kaonde. The peoples of Zambia are renowned to be very friendly and welcoming; visitors to the country are invariably touched by the warmth with which they are greeted.

Zambians are peace-loving by nature. The fact that there are so many different ethnic groups and tribes means that there is no power struggle between larger more dominant groups leading to the type of unrest that has been seen in other African countries over the years.

The majority of the country’s population lives in the urban centres. Lusaka is the capital city boasting a population of over three million. The Copperbelt is the name given to the small cluster of mining towns to the north of Lusaka close to the Congolese boarder. Copper mining in this area has dominated the economy for several decades and the mining industry is undoubtedly one of the biggest private employers in the country.

We are your safari and travel experts for Zambia so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not covered by this site. Remember, a safari is an adventure and we are there to plan and organise your safari while Zambia is waiting to reveal its secrets to you.