Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa is surrounded by Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Zambia’s population stands at about 14.7 million with at least 16 major cultural groupings, and more than 72 different dialects. In spite of its many different cultures, Zambia is known as one of the safest and friendliest countries within Africa, and this combined with its unspoilt and personalized safari experience, make it a special and never forgotten holiday for its many tourists.
Zambia is blessed with one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, The Victoria Falls, and some of Southern Africa’s finest national parks. These include North and South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Kafue as well as some lesser known gems such as Liuwa Plains, Bangweulu Wetlands and Kasanka National Park. These parks offer a variety of different habitats attracting many different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Typical Safari Activities in these parks include Walking Safaris (Zambia is the home of walking safaris, with Norman Carr having started these over 50 years ago in order for guests to get closer to the bush and feel, hear, touch as well as seeing it), Game drives (including night drives to discover many nocturnal animals), cultural village and school experiences, fishing, sunrise and sunset boat cruises and canoe safaris.
Seventeen magnificent waterfalls, apart from the spectacular Victoria Falls, provide ‘cascade followers’ an adventure into the remote undeveloped rural areas where a taste of village life can be experienced.
There are more than 20 annual traditional ceremonies in Zambia, manifesting customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. If you have the opportunity to attend one, it is well worthwhile to do so. They provide a valuable insight to a traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation.