Zambia is a landlocked country in the middle of Africa with rugged terrain and diverse wildlife. To be honest, I don’t usually pay attention to our neighbouring countries when I plan a holiday. I usually plan according to the phrase: “Go big, or go home”, but why don’t we ever just “Go next door”? I know what you all are thinking. Why visit a place with so much similarity to our own country? My answer is – why the hell not? After all, Zambia may be the best holiday you’ll ever have.
Here are 5 things to do while you’re there.
Victoria Falls or “Mosi o Tunya”, which translates to “smoke that thunders” is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the largest waterfall in the world. Stretching nearly 2 kilometres wide and dropping to an amazing 108 meters, is the most famous waterfall in Africa. Situated halfway along the Zambezi river and touching Zambia and Zimbabwe, Vic Falls is a sight to see! It offers entertainment for any kind of traveller, from sunset dinners to bungee jumping and white-water rafting.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Kafue National Park
Zambia’s largest game sanctuary and one of the best and most creative ways to watch the wildlife is via a hot air balloon! Call it what you want but this is an epic experience. Guests who book a three or more night stay at the Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba Camp qualify for the hot air balloon ride.
The world’s first carbon-neutral park is in Zambia. The Lower Zambezi National Park was first, and Luambe National Park wasn’t far behind. This means these parks completely offset its greenhouse gas emissions generated from tourism activities. While Luambe is in the eastern province of Zambia, the Lower Zambezi is only a 3-hour drive from Lusaka.
Visit Zambia’s Capital; the city of Lusaka. This vibrant city will keep you on your feet. Visit the markets, eat some traditional Zambian cuisine and explore the rich culture and history of Zambia. Follow up your visit with a trip to the Kabatwa Cultural Village, where artists display beautiful handmade crafts like sculptures, drums, painting and fabric art. Visitors on Saturdays are treated to a traditional dance ceremony.
The Flamingo, Cattle Egret, White Pelican and the Wattled Crane are some of the birds that make up the 753 species which have been recorded in Zambia. Lochinvar National Park in the Southern Province has 428 species recorded to date while the Busanga Plain in the Kafue National Park is also rich in birdlife.
Next time you want to book a trip, you should definitely consider Zambia as an epic destination. While everyone is out there probably having the same holiday for the 3rd year in a row, consider switching things out and be open to enjoying a new experience.