Because Zambian safaris are Africa's best kept secrets! They've made Zambia probably the most enticing destination in African safari today.
Livingstone in Zambia is now acclaimed, and rightly so, the southern Africa Adventure Centre!
The planet Tourism Organisation (WTO) has ranked Zambia as Africa's No 1 emerging tourist destination.
The UK 2004 Trends and Spends Survey also awarded Zambia the No 10 ranking within the "best long-haul destinations". At No 10 Zambia may be the only other African country in the top ten ranking
Zambia, the Land
Covering an overall total surface area of 752,614 square kilometers, Zambia is really a large country. It's slightly larger than Texas State in the united states or slightly bigger than France and Belgium combined. Zambia generally is a high plateau averaging between 1,060 metres (3,500 ft) and 1,363 metres (4,500 ft) above sea level. This makes the country's weather mild and pleasant.
Zambia's water surface is 11,890 square kilometers equivalent to 2% of the land surface. The water our body is mainly from the three natural lakes in northern Zambia. Your fourth is in the south, the exciting man-made Lake Kariba. When commissioned in 1957 Lake Kariba was the biggest man-made lake in the world. It measures 280 kilometres long and 40 kilometres at it's widest.
Zambia, the People
There are over 73 dialects spoken in Zambia, however the official language is English. All media and business is in English and many Zambians speak it fairly well. Out of the 73 ethnic groups (tribes) 20 celebrate special cultural ceremonies on an annual basis. These manifest customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. Visitors are welcome to watch these ceremonies.
Over these traditional ceremonies the background music and dance characterize quiet beauty, bustle, bounding life or brimming joy. The emphasis will be different from breathless acrobatic spectacle amid propulsive drumming to fine subtleties of sound and movement.
There's freedom of worship in Zambia with over 15 different churches. However, 60% of Zambians stick to the Christian faith.
Zambia, natural Resources
Zambia has 19 national parks and 34 game management areas. The parks alone cover 47,662 square kilometres. This accounts for 6% of Zambian land. Some game reserves are privately operated as the major ones are state controlled. Zambia has all kinds along with a large profusion of wildlife, both small and big and including over 741 bird species.
Apart from its abundant wildlife in parks and reserves, rivers, and lakes, Zambia holds 6% of the worlds copper reserves. Additionally, it has world-class quality emeralds, aquamarines, amethyst and tourmalines.
Vegetation is savannah type with a lot of trees varying in density. The climate makes Zambia ideal for a wide range of farming crops. Fruits and vegetables for example citrus, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, avocadoes, all grow everywhere.
Zambia, the weather
Although Zambia is based on the tropics, the general height of the plateau ensures that the weather is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. You will find three seasons: the cool, dry winter season from May to September; the hot, dry season in October and November; and the rainy season, which is a little hotter, from December to April.