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“Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. So said David Livingstone upon seeing the great torrent of water that he was about to christen Victoria Falls. Word spread quickly of Livingstone’s finds, heralding in the era of the great European explorers and adventurers. Whilst a visit to modern day Zambia is somewhat less riddled with the unknown, it will still appease the most hardened adventure traveller.
With the great Zambezi River forming its southern border, Zambia is a land-locked country wedged in the middle of the geographic jigsaw puzzle of Southern Africa. Up until independence in1964, it was known as Northern Rhodesia - a British protectorate and missionary stronghold. The country is rich is copper mines, which were ruthlessly exported by the British colonists. After the after a turbulent period at the end of the 20th century when the country relied heavily on aid and its foreign debt was one of the highest in the world, Zambia is showing strong signs of recovery. Encouraged by foreign investment and increased copper prices, the World Bank named Zambia one of the world's fastest economically reformed countries in 2010.Read more
Zambia’s capital Lusaka is the home base for COMESA, the organisation that encourages free trade between African states and its fast growing infrastructure is testament to the country’s growing economic stability. But Zambia’s allures lies away from its urban areas. With its host of national parks, network of safaris, abundant wildlife and breathtaking wilderness, Zambia is Africa ‘unplugged’. Victoria Falls, where the full force of the Zambezi River plummets over a wide basalt cliff at the astonishing rate of 546 million cubic meters per minute, is its most pulse-racingly famous site. But there are plenty more.
The Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth largest, provides countless opportunities for fishing and elephant and antelope watching, as well as adventure sports such as white water rafting, canoeing and even bungee jumping. On Lake Kariba – Africa’s largest man-made dam, you could chill out in the houseboat, whilst Lake Tanganyika – the longest inland sea in the world – is home to a vast array of tropical fish and its clear and warm waters are excellent for swimming. As for safari, whether you want to see wildlife by canoe, on horseback, on the back of elephant, foot or four-wheel drive, it’s there for the asking.
Places of interest in Zambia
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