Sometimes called the real Africa, Zambia is a tropical country landlocked between Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country, formerly Northern Rhodesia, gained independence from Britain in 1964 and took the name Zambia from the mighty Zambezi River that originates in the north of the country and forms the border with Zimbabwe.
A large country (about 750,000sq.km), Zambia has many National Parks and Game Management Areas making up almost 50% of its total area. The spectacular Victoria Falls in the south of the country are world heritage listed and from the nearby town of Livingstone you can partake in a wide variety of adventure activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping and helicopter flips over the Falls.
The population of Zambia is roughly 10 million with the population concentrated in the country’s capital Lusaka and the towns of the Copperbelt. The official language in Zambia is English, with other main languages spoken including Tonga, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Bemba, Kaonde and Nyanja. The Zambian people are extremely friendly and treat visitors with warmth and hospitality.
The Zambian economy is strongly dependent on Copper mining, with agriculture and tourism also being important.
Reflecting the nature of its people, Zambia is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa, and has never been at war with its neighbours or internally. It is an ideal tourist destination for those individuals that wish to escape to the wild and experience the heart of Africa.
For detailed information see http://www.zambiatourism.com
For further reading, about Zambia we recommend that you purchase The Bradt Travel Guide for ZAMBIA, recently updated with a new issue.
Lying approximately 1200m above sea level on a huge plateau, Zambia’s climate is extremely welcoming. Receiving annual rains between November and February, Zambia holds some of the greatest waterways in the world. Two thirds of the mighty Zambezi River cuts through Zambia as well as three massive lakes: Tanganyika, Kariba and Bangweulu. Kanyemba Lodge and the Lower Zambezi region enjoy a typical tropical climate.
Dry between March and November, temperatures may soar to 40+ degrees Celsius during the day in October and as cold as 7 degrees Celsius at night in June & July. The rains fall between November and March and average around 700mm per annum.
The peak tourist season runs between June and November when the bush is at its driest and the animals their thirstiest.
However, Kanyemba is open year round (closed only in February) so that guests may enjoy the Zambezi in all of its colours and temperaments. If the road becomes impassable during the rainy season Kanyemba Lodge guarantees access from Chirundu by boat.