Overview

  • Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa,neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south and Angola to the west.
  • The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. The earlier capital was Livingstone.
  • The total land area of Zambia is 290,586 square miles (752,614 square kilometres)……that’s around 3 times the size of the UK.
  • Residents here are known as Zambians.
  • The name comes from the Zambesi River and means “heart of all.”
  • Zambia is drained by two major river basins: the Zambezi/Kafue basin in the centre, west and south covering about three-quarters of the country; and the Congo basin in the north covering about one-quarter of the country.
  • The country is mostly a plateau that rises to 8,000 ft (2,434 m) in the east.
  • Zambia boasts the largest waterfall in the world (or more specifically, the largest single sheet of falling water). Measuring an amazing 5,600 feet wide, Victoria Falls is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!
  • Lake Kariba is so huge that in certain parts of it, unknowing visitors think they are looking at the ocean.
  • Because Zambia is landlocked, you need to travel 600 miles before you can see any real ocean.
  • The Kwacha is the Zambian monetary unit.
  • Iron and copper have been mined in Zambia for over 2000 years. The exports are copper/cobalt 64%, electricity, tobacco, flowers and cotton. It imports machinery, petroleum products, transportation equipment, fertilizer, electricity, foodstuffs and clothing.
  • Nshima is the staple food that is eaten in Zambia. It is made out of ground maize and water.
  • The official language of Zambia is English, although indigenous languages are also spoken.
  • White water rafting is a must! If you are keen for the final thrill then a multi-day trip along the Zambezi is it! The Zambezi provides the best rafting trip on the planet! You will crash through some of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world. Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and arresting scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller coaster ride along a route carved over millennia by the Great Zambezi.
  • Bungee Jumping for the very brave: The highest profitable bridge jump in the world in the most stunning setting over the Zambezi River!This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. It’s a beyond description feeling that will probably change your life!