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ZAMBIAN SAFARIS AND TOURISM?
But Why Zambian Safaris and
by: Enestle Zimba
…Because Zambian safaris are
Africa's best kept secrets! They’ve made Zambia the most enticing
destination in African safari today.
Livingstone in Zambia is now
acclaimed, and rightly so, the southern Africa Adventure Centre!
The World 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 in the "best long-haul
destinations". At No 10 Zambia is the only other African country in
the top ten ranking
Zambia, the Land
Covering a total surface area of
752,614 square kilometers, Zambia is a large country. It is slightly
larger than Texas State in the USA or slightly larger than France
and Belgium combined. Zambia is generally 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
bodies are mainly from the three natural lakes in northern Zambia.
The fourth is in the south, the exciting man-made Lake Kariba. When
commissioned in 1957 Lake Kariba was the largest man-made lake in
the world. It measures 280 kilometres long and 40 kilometres at it’s
Zambia, the People
There are over 73 dialects
spoken in Zambia, but the official language is English. All media
and business is in English and most 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.
During these traditional
ceremonies the music and dance characterize quiet beauty, bustle,
bounding life or brimming joy. The emphasis will vary from
breathless acrobatic spectacle amid propulsive drumming to fine
subtleties of sound and movement.
There is freedom of worship in
Zambia with over 15 different churches. However, 60% of Zambians
follow the Christian faith.
Zambia, the 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 owned while the major ones are state controlled.
Zambia has a wide variety and a large profusion of wildlife, both
large and small 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. It also has world-class quality emeralds,
aquamarines, amethyst and tourmalines.
Vegetation is savannah type with
lots of trees varying in density. The climate makes Zambia suitable
for a wide range of farming crops. Vegetables and fruits such as
citrus, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, avocadoes, all grow
Zambia, the Climate
Although Zambia lies in the
tropics, the general height of the plateau ensures that the climate
is seldom unpleasantly hot, except in the valleys. There are 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.
Find out why Zambia’s tourism is
African’s best-kept secret
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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