Zambia is an adventurer’s paradise especially if you fancy a canoe or walking safari at Kafue, Lower Zambezi & North, and South Luangwa National Park or sheer adrenaline activities like whitewater rafting, Bungi jumping at Victoria Falls (Livingstone).
Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit; Zambia’s welcoming people live in peace and harmony. It has one of the lowest population-to-land ratios in Africa; with only 10 million people in a country that is half the size of Europe. There are 72 different ethnic groups and languages. All of whom have their own cultural traits and differences.
Zambia is a large landlocked country which is bordered by Angola in the West, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania in the north, Malawi in the west, Mozambique & Zimbabwe in the South, and the tips of Namibia and Botswana (also in the South). This makes it a good connecting stop-over for Botswana, Malawi, the Caprivi/Kaza Strip in Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
Zambia has the largest water resources in the whole of Southern Africa. With 5 massive lakes and rivers offering excellent fishing. The most popular is Lake Kariba; Zambia’s undiscovered Riviera! This is Africa’s largest man-made dam; 226km long and in places up to 40 km wide. It provides considerable electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe and supports a thriving commercial fishing industry. The sheer size of it makes one forget it’s a dam and in certain places. It almost feels like an ocean! There are a number of houseboats and accommodations on the banks of the dam. Most of these on on the Zimbabwe side.
Tiger fishing is very popular; especially in Lower Zambezi National Park and Lake Kariba.
More about Zambia
Zambia is divided into 10 provinces. Below are some of the highlights of each one, so you know what to expect from each part of this beautiful country:
The capital of the Copperbelt is Ndola. The mineral rich industrial area is home to no national parks but has highlights such as the Chembe Bird Sanctuary and Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage.
The capital city of Eastern Zambia is Chipata. The province is home to some of Zambia’s (and Africa’s) most popular national parks including both the North and South Luangwa National Park, Lukusuzi National Park and Luambe National Park (covered briefly at the end of the Luangwa page).
The capital of Luapula is Mansa. Named after the Luapula River, the province is home to Lake Bangweulu, Lake Mweru, the Luapula River and the now inaccessible Lusenga Plain National Park.
The province is also the national capital named Lusaka. Highlights of the province include the Lower Zambezi National Park, parts of the Kafue Flats and parts of the lower Luangwa Valley as well as parts of the Lunsemfwa River valley.
This is a newly formed province which is made up from parts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The capital of the province is Chinsali. The introduction of a new province has been done in an effort to streamline local administrative structures.
The capital of this province is Kasama. Places of interest include Lake Bangweulu, Lake Tanganyika, Nsumbu National Park, Mweru Wantipa National Park and Nyika National Park. The province covers approximately one fifth of the land area in Zambia and is the largest of Zambia’s provinces. There are more than 17 waterfalls in this province including the second highest in Africa.
The north-western province has 12 districts and its capital is Solwezi. It is known to be one of the most sparingly populated provinces and is home to some incredible scenery such as the West Lunga National Park, the Busanga Swamps (under Kafue) and the glorious Zambezi grasslands. The source of the Zambezi originates in this province.
Southern Zambia’s capital is the famous town of Livingstone. It is home to one of Zambia’s premier tourist attractions, Victoria Falls, which it shares with Zimbabwe. Other notable attractions include the southern half of the Kafue National Park, Lake Kariba and Lochinvar National Park.
It is one of the largest provinces by land area, but it is scarcely populated. The capital is Mongu. Main attractions include all the water activities found along the Zambezi River, the Sioma Ngwezi National Park and the Liuwa Plain National Park. A large area of this province is known as the Barotse Floodplains and many villages move to higher ground each year and return in the dry season to farm the rich soils.
Where to go in Zambia for your vacation
Most people visit Victoria Falls which is in Livingstone and offers a huge range of activities from safaris to bungee jumping; cultural visits to gorge swings or swimming in Devil’s Pool!
The wildlife is superb and some of the finest safaris on the planet are available in the many national parks; including the Lower Zambezi National Park, South and North Luangwa National Park, and Kafue National Park. Game populations are very high; making it an all-around great safari destination. Canoe and Walking safaris have become very popular in Zambia.
Whether this is your first safari ever; or one of many memorable adventures; Zambia is a wonderful destination for everyone! It is a beautiful country with so much to offer. As well as the spectacular variety of wildlife and birds. It is also rich with a vibrant culture and friendly people, stunning landscapes, and scenery.
See our Zambia accommodation options below. Please let us know what you would like to do on your vacation or honeymoon. Zambia is also great for families* with a number of lodges and camps offering villas or tents that can accommodate the whole bunch of you!