Discovery

Zambia has the reputation to be “the best kept secret of Southern Africa”, and there is a good reason for that. Indeed, many visitors think that that the main attraction of Zambia is the spectacular Victoria Falls shared with the neighbouring Zimbabwe, and not many are the visitors who venture in this country whose road and hotel infrastructures could be improved. But Zambia has a lot to offer: beyond the Victoria Falls, it is also a destination of choice for the safaris amateurs particularly for those wishing to explore its high plateaus by foot and discovering the very impressive animals in the National Parks. Go on a tour for the South Luangwa Park, the Kafue Park or the Zambezie Park for example. A travel in Zambia is an opportunity to meet all the great typical animal of the African wildlife, in a very wild and spectacular environment.

Identity

Zambia is a country located in Southern Africa mainly covered in plateau and hill landscapes. Just like many countries of Southern Africa, Zambia was originally populated by tribes of Pygmies hunters-gatherers. Later on, the Bantu settled there in the second part of the millennium and were followed by other ethnic groups like the Lundas or the Bembas. British colonization started when the British South Africa Chartered Company decided to settle in the area in 1891. It is only from the second half of the 20th century that various African contestation movements started to emerge in the country, revolting against the British presence. The independence of Zambia is proclaimed in October 1964. The country is since part of the Commonwealth.

Today 99.5% of the Zambian population is of African origin, even if one can distinguish more than 70 different ethnic groups like the Bemba, the Tonga, the Bantu or the Chewa. In the rural regions, the ethnic tribes have managed to keep their traditional beliefs, habits and values alive. The marriagesand the funeral are in particular still strongly impregnated of traditions and generally the entire village joins in.

Culture & Traditions

THE VICTORIA FALLS

Listed as world heritage by UNESCO, the Victoria Falls are more than 108 meters high and pour nearly a million litres of water per second, they spread over 1.7 km. The “swimming pool of the Devil”, natural cavity located at the top of falls, makes it possible to bathe in the river.

WILDLIFE

Zambia has many national parks including one of the largest in Africa; with a concentration of animals amongst the most important of the continent.  The travellers will very easily spot more than 300 species of birds, lions, leopards, large families of elephants and buffaloes as well as hippopotamuses.

THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

The Zambezi river, which crosses the country right through, until the Victoria falls, represents a large tank where the animals come to refresh themselves, offering the visitors an unforgettable display.

LAKE KARIBA

The lake Kariba is an artificial big lake and is shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia. It emerged from the construction of the Kariba dam, conceived by the French engineer.

Essential

Because of its altitude, Zambia presents a moderate tropical climate, less hot than its neighbours. There are three seasons there. The fresh and dry season from May to September, the mild and dry season from October to November and the rainy season from December to April.

15° WINTER / 30° SUMMER
KWACHA ZAMBIEN
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ENGLISH / Bantu languages
LUSAKA
NSIMA

Form your trip

The stages

A travel in Zambia is a travel in the middle of great and wild African nature. The country offers to the travellers the luxury to discover untouched spaces still little attended by the tourists. A safari in Zambia abounds in exceptional landscapes like the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and a luxuriant nature. A travel in Zambia is an opportunity to meet all the great classics of the African wildlife in a wild and spectacular environment.