Wow, what nice and friendly people! We do have crime but so far it is pretty petty stuff. I always say that the Zambians are the most honest people in Africa – if they are lying to you it is purely because they don’t want to hurt your feelings with the truth!
You can still wild camp, leave stuff outside your tent (mind the monkeys), stop on the side of the road – all without feeling threatened.
WATER, WATER, WATER!
Waterfalls, lakes, dambos – we have it all! In fact we have 40% of all Africa’s water flowing through Zambia!
Talking about water – we have the biggest falls! Bit too touristy for me but still they are magnificent!
Staying with water, Tanganyika is surreal and mysterious. You almost want to whisper when you visit this incredible mass of water. I could spout lengthy facts about it but it is the 2nd deepest mass of water in the world (1400m plus), it is “dead” from about 150m down (no oxygen), it is the second largest lake in the world by volume, it has awesome fishing with 250 ciclid and 150 odd non ciclid species and 98 % of them are endemic and I bet that you didn’t know that Che Guevara used the western shores of Lake Tanganyika as a training camp for his guerrilla forces in the Congo.
Water by the hunderds of kilometers. We probably have the most fascinating stretch of the Zambezi with Tiger fishing you only dream of.
We have our very own Wildebeest migration(Africa’s 2rd largest after the Serengeti) across the Liuwa Plains which is an amazing ecosystem on its own. As a traveller you can get up close and personal with the great outdoors like never before! Not to mention the Kuomboka – a festival where the King moves from his summer camps and returns to his winter home. A kaleidoscope of African imagery, I am sure you will agree!
BATS ,BATS AND MORE BATS
To quote Robin Pope: “There are a few wildlife phenomena that really stand out as extraordinary events. The wildebeest migration in East Africa, the monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico come to mind. Well this is amongst those top events in the wildlife calendar. Up to ten million “straw-coloured fruit bats” converge upon Kasanka National Park as the fruits of a local tree ripen. These bats roost in a specific woodland and literally cover the trunks of the trees like thick icing. Then at sunset they all take off and fly out to forage. The sky is thick with bats. You can view all this from the 60 ft high hide, in a tree top, next to the woodland. And from this hide, during the day you will see many sitatunga in the swamp below.”
SHOE BILLS Quote:”The papyrus swamps along the Lukulu river are also the breeding ground of the Shoebill, a massive grey, do-do like bird found nowhere else in the sub-region. Bangweulu is probably the best place remaining in the world to see Shoebill storks in the wild, and at the right time of year , no visitor leaves disappointed.”
THE KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
The second largest park in Africa and the fifth largest in the world – did you know that? And so few people visit us. We boast the Busanga Plains – a vast wetland that teems with game during the dry winter months!
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
What can we say about this incredible park/valley? There is something incredibly spiritual about the Great Rift Valley and this is one of its special spots. Visit it once and you will return time and again as you feel you only get a small glimpse of it..
. OFF ROADING
An off roaders paradise! Challenging roads for those who dare and, for those of us who just want to escape the rat race and get lost and so take these roads, there are thousands of kilometers to enjoy. Stunning views/scenery abound.
Zambia boasts all the necessary mod cons most of us need. Full stocked shelves, reliable fuel supplies, good hotels/restaurants (no world class but surprisingly high standards), good enough communications.
THE NORTHERN WATERFALLS
Kalungwishi River along boasts of 4 waterfalls. Here you find the Lumangwe,Zambia’s wholly largest waterfall. Further north you find the Kalambo Falls,Africa’s second highest waterfall. The Muchinga stretch has several starting from Chinsali all the way down to Serenje.North-central has the Chishimba Falls which you just have to experience.
Zambia offers some of the best water rafting spots with the legendary Batoka Gorge.Others are on the Upper Zambezi around the Ngonye Falls Rapids and further North on the Kalungwishi River. More spots are on the Mkushi River.
BANGWEULU SANDY BEACHES
Samfya and it’s nearby islands offer some of the best inland sand beaches. It is hot and right in the tropics and offers all that you can dream of for a tropical destination.Lake Bangweulu can easily be reached by road or flying into Mansa.
This man made lake is near Lusaka and Harare and a must experience.It is swallowed in between mountains and offers breathtaking views from several points in Sinazeze,Sinazongwe and Siavonga.A bottom is being contructed that will run along the shorelines of this pristine Lake.
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