When visiting Africa, it is practically normal to mention Botswana, South Africa, or Kenya. The mention of Zambia then mostly raises a few eyebrows. However, in contradiction, the landlocked country constitutes some breath-taking sites that are an attraction to a tourist’s eye in Africa.
The attraction sites range from waterfalls, rivers, lakes, national parks, and heritage sites. So if you are looking to embrace your sense of adventure, here are some of the sites you would need to pay a visit while in Zambia.
The mention of the seven natural wonders of the world does not pass without Victoria Falls. If not the best, it is among the top tourist destinations in Zambia. Victoria Falls invites photography and filming sprees for its great backdrop and environment. There is a collection of activities in the bucket list of a traveler provided by The Falls. These activities are; river-rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, and so on. The falls possess similar popularity with Cape Town and are accessible by air from Livingstone airport and then embark on a self-drive to the area.
The enormous man-made dam stands at about 220 Kilometers in length and about 40 km wide, covering about 5580 square kilometers. The figures might indeed be unbelievable, which is why this is a scene that would not want to miss. It provides an African sunset view falling behind the waters and the savannah grassland and plains. It is an ideal photography site with the raging white waters providing an excellent backdrop. Also, the topography around Lake Kariba is a landscape photography heaven. Besides the scenic views, tourists can also engage in tigerfish fishing, which is also an everyday activity in the area. The lake also provides accommodation that is made available by the houseboats and nearby lodges.
Zambia hosts the fourth-longest river globally. The Zambezi River has waters streaming through Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, finally flowing into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Victoria Falls Lake Kariba and Mana Pools National Parks are the parks along the river. River Zambezi allows for numerous activities such as canoeing, rafting, tigerfish fishing. There are also excellent game viewing sites for watering wildlife along the river.
A chunk of Zambia’s landmass constitutes of National parks with an assumed number of about 20% in total. The Lower Zambezi National Park comprises a substantial and erratic wildlife experience. South Luangwa National Park hosts unique wild animals like the Thornycott Giraffe and Kafue National Park ideal for trekking. All these are accessible through a decent package or an inclusive tour package, ensuring a detailed safari and accommodation.
Most people might not consider looking out for Zambia’s cultural richness as an attraction because it is overshadowed by physical attractions. However, aspects of the Zambian Culture tell about its history and its inhabitants. To put this into perspective, the Kawaza Village, located on the eastern side of South Luangwa, provides a brilliant prospect of how the Kunda (an ethnic community in Zambia) lived their lives. Their architecture, clothing, and day to day activities serve as a tourist attraction. Another site that provides a similar experience is the Shiwa Ngandu in Eastern Zambia that offers the experience and aura of colonial time Zambia. If you are a cultural tourist, Zambia should be one of your destinations.