Welcome to Zambia
Take a walk on the wild side
This landlocked country in south-central Africa has been a hidden safari gem for years, but is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves as one of Africa’s finest safari holiday destinations. The modern-day African walking safari originated here, and to this day it’s one of the greatest places on Earth to head out into the wild on foot.
It’s also, famously, the site of the legendary Victoria Falls, sharing the border with Zimbabwe on the wild Zambezi River. It comes as a surprise to most people, but Zambia has more natural water resources than any other country in southern Africa – a staggering 9,220 square kilometres of the country are occupied by water.
There are waterfalls dotted all across Zambia, plus it’s home to the world-famous Luangwa and Kafue river systems, which have led to its status as a leading destination for canoeing safaris.
As well as these spectacular waterways there are vast and beautiful wilderness areas and an abundance of wildlife. South Luangwa, Kafue and Lower Zambezi rank among the finest national parks in the world, and they’re just three of the country’s 20 national parks and 34 game management areas. There’s so much to discover, and all within one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world. This is a land that will surprise and delight.
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Zambia at a glance
Zambia is a small (around 752,618 square kilometres) and land-locked country with eight neighbours: Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, Angola to the west, Malawi to the east, Tanzania to the north-east and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north.
In 1888 Cecil Rhodes, spearheading British commercial and political interests in Central Africa, secured a mineral rights concession from local chiefs. That same year, Northern and Southern Rhodesia (Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively) were proclaimed a British sphere of influence. Copper was the primary industry throughout the late 1800s and into the 1900s and remains an active industry to this day. Independence was gained in 1964 when Northern Rhodesia became the Republic of Zambia.
Today, Zambia is home to around 17 million people and an astonishing 73 native tribes. The Bemba tribe is the largest tribe in the country, making up about 20% of the population. This is also the language most widely used, even though English is the official language. Zambians have always lived in peaceful coexistence, and with such vibrant culture in one country, it’s no wonder there’s such an impressive line-up of traditional and celebratory festivals and events throughout the year.
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