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AN AMAZING COUNTRY!
Zambia, What An Amazing
by: Enestle Zimba
When you travel abroad,
especially far away from home you want to have peace of mind. The
same applies if you’re on an African safari. If your desire is to
meet friendly, warm people then travel to Africa’s peace haven,
Zambia. In Zambia you’ll find that which you most desire, the warm
Peace, stability and
friendliness describe Zambia. It is a country incredibly endowed
with natural resources, the heritage of a natural safari country.
Just imagine these amazing sites:
1. The Victoria Falls, one of
the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, is considered the world’s
largest curtain of falling water. It measures 1701 metres wide and
plunges down to 111 metres. The torrent of water plunging over a
steep cliff creates a deafening roar and sends up billows of spray
that can be seen 30km (19 mi) away. Thus the local people have
called it Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders.”
2. The wild untamed Zambezi
River. From its source at Kalene Hills to its mouth at the Indian
Ocean the Zambezi measures a whopping 3,540 kilometres. And 2,572km
is in Zambia.
Zambezi River passes through
changing sceneries. The wild exciting Barote Flood Plain the site of
the colourful Kuomboka ceremony by the Lozi people, the violent
torrent at the Victoria Falls and the 122m deep Batoka Gorge cut by
the river, the serene Lake Kariba behind the hydroelectric dam. And
this lake has a great history. Finally the wide Lower Zambezi
surrounded by wild game.
3. Add to your travel itinerary
the Nchanga Open Pit one of the largest open cast mines in the world
but the largest in Africa. Operations started in 1957 and today it
measures 4,700m long, 2,400m wide and bottoms up at 335m. Zambia’s
major economic activity still remains copper mining.
4. Visit the 19 national parks
and 34 game management areas. All these constitute 30 percent of the
752614sq km of Zambia. The management areas buffer the game parks
and the parks are strategically located throughout the country.
5. The unbelievable yet
fascinating wildlife in pristine wilderness. The Zambian national
parks are considered to have the largest concentration of game in
the world. The variety of animal species is wide with over 202
mammals that include the Big Five: lion, giraffe, leopard, rhino and
Annually there is a wildebeest
migration in the Liuwa Park. Take a look and see the endemic red and
black lechwe antelopes in the Kafue Fats at Lochinvar, as well as
the Busanga and Bangweulu Plains. Birding is popular in all game
parks but Lochinvar is Zambia’s prime birds sanctuary. Meet the
crested cranes, saddle-bill storks, egrets, wood ibis, vultures and
the rare shoebill stork.
6. Travel to Livingstone town
near the majestic, awe-inspiring Victoria Falls now accepted as the
southern African Adventure Centre. Here you can choose any adventure
of your choice: White water river-rafting, bungi jumping, river
boarding, skiing, fishing, abseiling, 4x4 off high way driving,
elephant back safari, river safari, micro-light and helicopter
flights over the Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is a town of three
museums; one is Zambia’s prime museum, another is a railway museum
and then there is the Victoria Falls field museum. Take a detour and
visit a tribal village. Choose your accommodation from the many
theme-designed hotels and lodges on the banks of the Zambezi.
7. The Zambian weather is mild
and pleasant despite the country being in the tropics. The high
altitude at between 1200m and 1500m above sea level ensures that.
There are three distinct seasons; the cool and dry season between
April and August, the dry and warm between September and November
and the warmer and wet season between December and March. However,
the most popular time to visit is during the cool and dry winter
season between April and August. These are warm crisp days and cool
Zambia is beckoning you! The
pristine wilderness, the African sunsets, the changing landscapes
and natural habitat and the warm Zambian welcome of its friendly
people. All these make your travel to Zambia a pleasant destination
in African travel. It’s a safari visit you’ll treasure forever.
…And you’ll never forget to
exclaim” what indeed an amazing country”
About The Author
Enestle Zimba is geologist of
over twenty years and manages Zambia African Safari (ZAS) part time.
Enestle is dedicated to the promotion of safaris and tourism in
Zambia and the conservation of wildlife and the environment.
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