Zambia, whilst known for its bodies of water has three large rivers that run through the country, travelling through Zambia is generally an adventurous affair, it is still considered Raw Africa with its lack of infrastructure compared to other African destination’s, Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
Things to know before visit Zambia
Due to its height, Zambia has pleasant weather on the whole. Only in the valleys of Zambezi and Luangwa it gets extremely hot. There are three seasons in the country- cool and dry between May and August; hot and dry between September and November; and wet and warm between December and April.
One of the best national park’s in Zambia, the South Luangwa National Park is the birthplace of the "walking safari". You can see four of the big five here except for the rhino. There are many organized safaris and camps that take travelers around the park. The more adventurous sorts can try out the South Luangwa bushcamps to experience the rustic and remote lifestyle of Africa.
The capital city of Zambia, Lusaka is a great way to start your Zambian adventure. The city has a sprawling market with traders selling local fabrics, wood work and other artifacts. It also has many museums of which the National museum is a must-visit. It showcases archaeological finds and contemporary art of the region. A visit to the Freedom Statue is also worth it. It commemorates the country’s struggle for independence. Nature enthusiasts can make a trip to the Munda Wanga Environmental Park where they can see a wildlife sanctuary and a botanical garden.
The largest falls in the world, Victoria falls is a sight to be watched. With one million litres of water plunging down the Zambezi gorge per second, the falls are a sublime natural wonder. Travelers love to come here to experience varied adventures- from bungee jumping, whitewater rafting to abseiling and riverboarding.
It is the longest fresh water lake in the world and also the second deepest, with a depth of 4700 feet. The main reason for its depth is that it lies in the Great Rift Valley. Travelers come here to experience the tropical marine life in the lake. There are more than 350 species of fish here, of which most are endemic. This biologically unique ecosystem is a great place to swim, scuba dive and indulge in other water sports.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Zambia it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter with multiple plug configurations. The standard voltage is at 230V and the frequency is 50 Hz.