Zambia is a country often overlooked by those wishing to follow the crowds to South Africa or Morocco. Post-colonial Zambia offers promises of wide-spread development, charming copper mining towns and a democracy with friendly citizens to share it all with you. It is a safari-goers dream with plenty of wildlife to enjoy, and several stunning national parks offering a diverse array of landscapes and activities to explore.
Victoria Falls lies smack dab on the southern border of Zambia and the northwestern border of Zimbabwe on the southern part of the continent. As the world’s largest waterfall, it is twice the size of Niagara Falls! Victoria Falls is indeed one of the seven wonders of the world and the most majestic water spectacle you will ever see in this lifetime.
It’s also known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “The Cloud That Thunders.” Victoria Falls National Park is the perfect location from which to get your first glimpse of the gargantuan attraction. Most people travel from great distances only to visit the park and the falls. But you’d be remiss to not go further and tour everything Zambia has to offer!
Lusaka – Zambia’s capital city is teeming with opportunity. Shop Soweto Market and haggle with a vendor or two to get that great price on their wares. Visit the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and the National Museum. As you wander the city, you will take notice of high-rise construction projects, hinting at better things to come.
Kitwe – This is an ever-growing and increasingly popular tourist stop, as it is one of the main copper mining producers in Africa. Here you will learn the rich history of how Kitwe became a copper center, as the residents will happily share with you their hometown and their roots. Browse the Obote Ave Market, with scores of unique copper-made handicrafts and trinkets. Nearby, Ndola is another copper town worth visiting.
Livingstone – This small town was once the capital of Zambia, named after the Scottish explorer who reportedly was the first to set eyes on Victoria Falls. He was also a renowned anti-slavery proponent and all-around good guy. Safari-goers headed to central Africa often start their journey in Livingstone, and access to the famed whitewater rapids of the Zambezi River make this town a natural home base.
South Luangwa National Park – The quintessential African experience! Walk among the hinterland with an experienced guide as you witness herds of elephants, zebras and perhaps a hippo or two. Giraffes, buffalo and lion prides round out your experience as the park spreads out through the rising mountains of eastern Zambia.
Blue Lagoon National Park – As the name implies, the pristine turquoise waters of this lagoon (a watering hole for herds of lechwe antelope) is best visited after the rainy season has started. Nestled atop the Kafue Flats floodplain, during the dry season the scene is not nearly as satisfying, as much of the park turns to cracked, sunbaked desert.